Step 3: Cut the Pieces to Size

I ripped the pieces to 2 3/4 inches on the table saw, you may skip this step and use the boards in the width they came in if you want.  However this step will make sure you have a good flat edge on one side of the boards to register against the wall and to measure for square cuts on the rest of it.

In the first picture the guard is not on my saw, this is just for the photo, Please use all safety equipment with your tools... including eye protection.  As we are ripping a rather narrow piece of wood use a push block, don't cut off your fingers.

After ripping to the desired width, plan the cuts for length.  You may be able to cut off cracks if you take a moment to see what you have to work with.

I used my miter saw to make the cuts to length.  You may use a handsaw or even your table saw for this.

Cut two pieces 23 3/4" long.   This is the top and bottom.
Cut two pieces 10 1/5" long.  These will be the sides.

Hi! Your shadow boxes are impressive. I was thinking of making one on my own but realize yours are way better. I'm wondering if you'd do a custom order of a single shadow box--one around 6X6". Have you ever installed glass on the front of a shadow box? I have a collage on a canvas and want to keep it protected from dust (and people) by keeping it behind glass.
Nice instructable. I just made my first one based on this and I can't believe how well it turned out. You just created a monster ;-)
Excellent work :)
If you planed the pallet wood then it wouldn't be rustic anymore.<br> <br> <a href="http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/9900/sb003.jpg" rel="nofollow">http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/9900/sb003.jpg</a><br> <br> 100% pure pallet wood. You never know what some of that pallet wood is until you clean it up.<br> <br> <a href="http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/7693/sb1001.jpg" rel="nofollow">http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/7693/sb1001.jpg</a><br> <br> Flame maple.
I agree, the purpose of this article was a rustic project, I have planed down a pallet or two in the past...... but hardwoods are plentiful and relatively inexpensive around here. <br> <br>And you are correct if you factor in your time, &quot;free&quot; does not always mean no cost!!!
That would be a great DVD or video game storage rack for our kid's play room...I'll defiantly try this...Thank's &amp; great job!!!
bigmark, <br> <br>Just make sure you go bigger, should be easy enough.... as sized it might not fit many of them, but if you are using free (pallet) lumber then using more of it should not increase the cost!!
&quot;Free&quot; wood is anything but. I was reminded of this again today when I picked up some &quot;free&quot; wood someone had left out. All I had to do after I got it home was delaminate the top, pop about 20 carriage bolts out of it, then scrape construction glue off of it, and pop a load of pneumatic brads out of it too. Then I ended up with a half a sheet of plywood. Well, it is still painted on one side ... but other than that, just free for the taking!
Thanks ma'am, I appreciate the feedback!!
What an awesome use for a pallet. Looks great!

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