Pallet Wall Shelf

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Introduction: Pallet Wall Shelf

I wanted to make a wall shelf.

Step 1: Prep Pallet

Find a good, clean pallet to form the back of your shelf. I used a random orbit sander with 60 grit paper. I took some wide planks from another pallet for the shelves. I sanded to remove any superficial blemishes. When I removed the boards for shelves, they broke apart, so I edge glued them back together before sanding.

Step 2: French Cleats

I chose to use French cleats to hang my shelf. They're easy to make, they're strong, and won't tear up your walls. I just cut two 8" planks of 1x4 on 45 degrees with a table saw. Glue them to the back of the pallet and make sure they're at the same height. I sanded the back where I glued them for a good surface.

Step 3: Mount Shelves

I used corner braces from Lowes so I could hide as much as possible. Regular shelf brackets would also work, but will take away the clean, all-wood look.

Step 4: Stain

I went for a darker stain. Use cheesecloth to apply the stain, and don't forget to use pre-stain wood conditioner.

Step 5: Final Product

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    6 Comments

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    shuganne
    shuganne

    Question 10 months ago on Step 3

    I love this project! I am partial to wood in its natural state,and not choked by paint. Stain is always the best choice. My question is about the corner brace that hold up the shelves. You used - and hid them - very well!! Could you include a detailed description or a picture, please.

    I'm new here, but when I see pallets used I usually see a caution about using pallets that have not been infused with chemicals to protect against the elements. They may be safe in the open air, but may be toxic in a confined space. 😀

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    naschd.
    naschd.

    6 years ago

    I dont like those pallet projects , but I must say, in your case, result is really nice. Hope you made it with very smooth finish ( I mean wood surface). I love color you made it with, and visible nodes on wood. It s really nice idea if you have some old spare pallets with no use or if you can get some "old wood" for free of charge and "re-use" it.
    My tip: You should soften the edges and paint this one wall with white or fair brown ( rather white coffe ) color paint for better contrast. ( just my opinion )
    but at all it looks nice ;)

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    wabrown14
    wabrown14

    6 years ago

    Looks awesome! Keep it up!

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    ahmed1137
    ahmed1137

    6 years ago

    lovely so nice

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    ClenseYourPallet
    ClenseYourPallet

    6 years ago

    That's a nice looking shelf you have there! I like working with pallets also, it always gives a great affect to the project