Introduction: Pallet Book Shelf

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rustic pallet book shelf

Step 1: Deconstruction

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To take a pallet part I recommend a rubber mallet and a wedge bar. I would not use a hammer as it will damage the wood. Taking a pallet part is a lot of work but it's rewarding for this project I took apart 2&a half pallets

Step 2: Saw Time

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I used a skill saw to make the cuts. I used the supports from the pallet to make the supports for the bookshelf. The leftover cuts from the support beams I used as the support for the shelf itself. For the side of the book shelf I made 14 cuts of wood 7 for each side. I made the side 12 inches wide. the back 30 inches long and I made 4 with one going up the middle. the shelves itself is 26 inches long. it was more wood than planned but worth it.

Step 3: Sand Your Life Away

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This is one of the most important steps to get a good finish on your final product. That being said it was the most time consuming step, but well worth it! I definitely recommend a sander. doing it by hand will take along time

Step 4: Piece It Together

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Putting the sides on it is very easy. Putting the back with the sides together it's kind of a pain it is very rickety. Once you get it all together it'll be much more sturdy. For the shelves i used the leftover support beams I cut and 2 pieces of wood. I used a rubber mallet to help guide the shelves in. And finally
its all together!

Step 5: Stain It!!

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I try and let my newly stained pieces sit for about 2 days. They dry within one day but it still smells really strong.

Step 6: Finished!

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Finally done and in the house. Its cool that somthing that once sat by the dumpster can be a new piece of furniture in your house after being cleaned up. very fun project and cheap too. Thanks for viewing my project!


logger125 (author)2014-07-08

looks good. thanks for the interest

nhampto9 made it! (author)2014-07-08

1) I used a reciprocating saw to cut the nails off the end boards to disassemble the pallet. A long crowbar / wrecking bar makes quick work of the the few nails in the middle. I like the look of the nail heads when assembled so I leave them in the boards when working with them. This reduces board breakage and reduces denailing by 66%.

2) My bookcase is taller than yours since I used the full height of the 2x. It's also wider since I used the full 40" width of the 1x boards for the top, back (x3), & bottom front braces. It's ~10" deep. That's my 16-yr-old daughter in pics for size comparison.

3) I turned the ladder end inside for shelf supports.

4) Shelves are 31 1/2" wide. Each shelf is made from two boards double nailed to 10" 1x2s (or scrap board): ~1" inset on each end and in the middle (3). A 40" 1x2 rides on the front of each shelf for appearance and vertical support fastened w 1 screw each to the 1x2 under the shelf. The shelves are not secured but are movable up or down depending on shelf contents.

nhampto9 (author)nhampto92014-07-08

No, I did NOT sand, paint or stain. Raw, unfinished and very rustic (aka redneck).

nhampto9 (author)2014-07-07

I'm in the middle of making a variant of this. Will post pics and explain differences when done. Thanks for the explanation and design.

logger125 (author)2014-06-03

thank you

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