I have access to many pallets and pallets straps at work, so I wanted to make use of some of these besides for firewood :)

So I decided to make a chest for storing valuable keepsakes.

I hope you enjoy this instructable, and if you have any questions - fire away.

Please Remember to Vote for me in the Contest. Thank you.

Step 1: Get the Basic Shape

To start your Pallet Treasure Chest, you will need to gather some pallet boards, or what I found were pieces of strapping-like wood used as spacers between rolls of roofing material. I used these because I wanted to avoid any nail holes in the donor wood.

You will also need three pieces of 1"x12" pine board which will be used to create the side profile and serve as the base of the chest in hopes that it will be strong enough to support a little weight inside.

Other Materials required to build as pictured;

- Antique Brass Handles, these are regular drawer handles purchased on ebay.

- Antique Brass Latch, this was a decorative latch that allows use of a small padlock.

-Antique Brass Corners, for the bottom to avoid damage.

- Antique Brass (you guessed it) Hinges, bought at a local hardware store.

- Strips of Leather ( or in my case *faux* leather 120cm x 12mm)

- Small Brass Tacks, used to attach the straps to the Chest.

<p>very nice work! something to possibly hand down through the generations. </p>
<p>don't like the use of pine board. It really means the pallet boards are purely decoration. It sort of defeats the purpose to me. I like the honesty of both function and aesthetics of the things made and shown in Instructables.</p>
<p>Unless I missed something, the pallet boards are not purely decoration as they make up the front, back and top. Only the sides and bottom are non-pallet sourced. I think it looks great and stays true to the name just fine.</p>
Thank you, ChristopherA24, I appreciate the explanation. I take it as a compliment that &quot;gkastelein&quot; joined the site in Sept 2015 and had no activity prior to his comment on my Instructable. Haha Cheers :)
<p>To that effect, I also joined in Sept and had no activity prior. I'm just nicer haha :D</p>
Thank you, the pallet boards are decorative aren't they? The purpose is to have a place to store things, and on that account - my chest works great. Thank you for your Honest opinion.
<p>Thank you for the compliment!</p>
<p>Great Job!</p>
<p>Thank you very much!</p>
<p>About how much does it cost to make this, assuming the pallet wood is free ??</p>
<p>Sorry for the late reply, but the hardware and lining inside are the only real costs, because the wood and stain, etc is free - so maybe around $40cad for the hardware. You can really spend as much as little as you want, because the hardware can vary so much. Thank you.</p>
I love it!?
This is so cool! I love working with pallets and this will be one of my next projects. Thanks for the great idea
Thanks very much! I look forward to seeing it when you're done!
ok finally finished it up this morning. couldnt find the hasp I wanted so I bought a plain squarish one, ground it down and hammered it with a ball peen hammer, im gonna install it later today when its paint dries. couldnt find leather straps either but I did gind some brass straps that ill pick up later and add on. overall a fun project!
<p>Hey Josh, that is a fantastic job! It's very satisfying to see that someone built one of my instructables. I'm glad you had fun with it! Keep up the great work!</p>
Thanks man! I wish id made the radius on the lid a bit broader, but it still came out nice. Couldnt find side handles I liked so went qith the twine rope, aged up a bit with some of the stain
<p>Either way, Josh - you did a great job on it. I was thinking about a larger radius after too so it wouldn't be so round but I think its looks really nice as it is. I like the twine handles too, it looks rustic and authentic. Great Work!</p>
And here is the hasp I used. Was just a plain rectangle, but a dremmel, bench grinder, and a large ball peen hammer gave it a handmadeish look.
I'm just finishing up mine today, I'm guessing you used a dark walnut stain?
<p>I believe it was dark walnut, great eye!! Post some pictures here when you're finished, I'd love to see it!</p>
Will do brotha. Gonna be out of town for the weekend but should finish it up monday. Couldnt find side handles that I liked so I'm using twine rope for looped handles which I'll stain too to make it look worn and dark. Using hamered iron hinges though
aaaaaarrr ye scurvy dog I'll keelhaul ya and send ya t' Davey Jones locker!
<p>Lovely work! I've been wanting to make a chest for some time, you have made it look quite do-able, and your result is gorgeous.</p>
<p>Thank you for the compliment. I think it should be a project that most people can tackle.</p>
<p>One thing you forgot even though its pretty easy, you didnt show what kind of hinges you used,but I voted for you its a great idea,pretty straight forward.</p>
<p>You know, I totally forgot about the hinges, I do have pictures but never uploaded any. It should be fairly self explanatory though, but good point. Thank you for the vote and the reminder.</p>
How much time did it take to make the chest
<p>I think it was about ten hours of work including stain and clear coat and gluing on the felt liner.</p>
<p>That is really eye catching. You have my vote!</p>
<p>Thank you for the compliment and the Vote. I really appreciate it!</p>
that looks amazing! a true inspiration for me to start my own. thank you for sharing! also, how do I vote for you? I'm new ' ish to instructibles. thanks!
<p>Thank you very much! I look forward to seeing yours once it's complete. Vote for me by clicking the &quot;Vote&quot; ribbon at the top right of the screen. Thanks again.</p>
Amazing! What a cool chest! I hope I can make one just as nice some day soon! :) (or maybe just buy yours from eBay! I'm still learning how to work with wood :/ :D)
<p>Thanks for the compliment! I think this is a pretty easy project for anyone to complete, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.</p>
chest looks great
<p>Thank you very much.</p>
I'm gonna make one and line it with cedar
<p>That sounds cool, cedar smells so nice! Look forward to seeing it!</p>
<p>The stain is so beautiful! I drew up plan for a really similar one, but I think I'm just going to follow your lead instead :D</p>
<p>Thank you very much, I look forward to seeing it when it's done!</p>
<p>Very nice! I like the hardware choices, especially the front latch.</p>
<p>Thank you, I like it too. If you would like the ebay seller's id, just send me a message!</p>
That's very cool! Arrrrr!
<p>Thank you very much! It was a lot of fun to build.</p>

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