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This instructable will show you how to make an end table that looks like an old dynamite crate.  It is easy to build and is made from an old pallet so it's cheap too.
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Step 1: Materials

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An old pallet
Large ceramic tile
Small Hinges
Magnetic Catch
Small furniture slides or floor protectors
Black paint
Wood glue
Construction adhesive
Clear satin wood finish

Step 2: Disassemble and cut

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Begin by disassembling the pallet.  The easiest way to do this is to run a sawzall between the boards and the 2x4s and cut the nails.  If you try prying the boards off you will likely just break them.  Once you have the boards off, decide which ones will be used for the sides, top and bottom.  The boards will likely be different widths, so you will have to find a combination that works so that you have the same total width for both sides and the same width for the top and bottom.  For my crate, the sides are made of three boards each with a total width of 11".  The bottom is three boards and the top is four boards with a total width of 13 1/2".  I will use these measurements for this instructable but you may need to modify them if your boards are different sizes.

Cut your side, top and bottom boards to 21".  Cut the remnants of your side boards to 12" for the ends of the crate.  Cut four more pieces at 11" and four pieces at 13 1/2".

We love this.

You should add a 'Danger: This Side Up' on the other side (pointed sideways, of course!)

bricobart1 year ago
One the funniest I'bles of the lot, just couldn't stop laughing! Do I have to say anymore I like this? Yes? Wel, I like this! Weeeeeeeeel done!
I'd rather use it it as a box for my car : that would keep buggers at bay !…

I wouldn't try it in an airport though !… lol

chancefour1 year ago
It looks like something that would come in handy when I fly.
petejc1 year ago
My kids won't understand it, and my wife will roll her eyes, but I think I'll have to make this for myself! Thanks for the idea!
I thought the same thing!
pfred21 year ago
If you think a reciprocating saw is easy then you should try using a circular saw, because it's really easy. A circular saw is faster, and you can get a bit more wood out of the pallet too. I've done it both ways myself. I wouldn't waste my time with a reciprocating saw today.
me-again100 (author)  pfred21 year ago
Good to know. Thanks.
aaahotdog1 year ago
Perfect for the mancave. Thanks
me-again100 (author)  aaahotdog1 year ago
No prob. Glad you like it.