New Toolbox From Pallet Wood




It is not a difficult project so I don't have too many pictures during the process.

It is big enough to keep all my tools and other miscellaneous stuff out of my wife's sight. Win win!

Step 1: Pallet Dismantled

Using all the tool you have or you can imagine, dismantle the pallet carefully. Try not to injure yourself or the wood.

It is the most time consuming step and it requires a lot of strength (so using a crowbar might be a good idea).

Step 2: Start Building

After you are satisfied with the wood gathered, start building.

We started by building the frames for bottom and top of the box. Measure twice and cut, you need square angles.

Close the bottom frame using "bad" looking pieces of wood.

Step 3: Join the Frames

After you have the frames ready, start joining them using nice looking pallet pieces.

First attempt was as you can see in the pictures: no spaces left in between. But then my wife came and said: "this doesn't look like a pallet, this is a plain box, I don't like it". So we had to change the entire box and to leave some spaces between planks (hence no photos during this process).

Step 4: Make the Lid

We will use this toolbox as a table also, so we agreed we need some new wood pieces (the pallet didn't provide long and nice looking ones). We bought 5 pieces of wood, 2 meters long.

First one is fixed on top of the box, so we can attach the lid's hinges.

Lid was made using the other 4, we cut them at 1.2 meter and joined them using 2 small pieces.

Step 5: Attach the Lid

Using 3 gorgeous hinges, lid was attached to the fixed plank.

Step 6: Finishing

2 coats of teak colored lacquer applied. We will use it to renew the outdoor chairs, I hope the color will match.

Step 7: Fine Tunning

I didn't like that you can see the stuff we put inside the box, so I came with the idea to "close" the spaces using burlap. Burlap secured with staples, on the inside of the box and on the lid as well.


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    8 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    nice one good idea,

    this is general thought of me;
    till now after i ve seen bunch of pallet works,

    every pallet has been showing in the pictures dissambled, what i want to see is how to dissablembly of pallet cause no one use the cubes or the longer wood of pallet or how the nails out etc etc

    im saying that cause i used multitool which is cutting the nails on the sides that makes everypart of pallet can be useful.

    4 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I think I found an instructable here somewhere that showed how to dismantle a pallet. If not here, then on YouTube. It was pretty informative.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    totally agree with you, dismantling a pallet may differ from type to type. stay close, i have to upgrade my aquarium pallet table, which is made from same type of pallet and i will try to add more details regarding the dismantling step.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    i used a crowbar and a nails removing hammer. gently insert the hammer between cubes and planks and make some space, then using the crowbar pull the plank with nails out of the cube. then hammer the nails tips so you can remove them using either crowbar or hammer.


    I have to say I agree with craftclarity that a bit more description aould help others to make sense of what you have done but that aside it is a really nice idea.

    I've been thinking about adding some extra storage for tubs, pots & other odd bits & pieces outside the shed on my allotment & something like this would be just right.

    I particularly like that you have used salvaged timber, I use pallets, old wooden bed frames, reclaimed floorboards & whatever else comes along in most of my own projects, I have a pile of salvaged timber from some fence panels that were wrecked during high winds over the winter so I think they may be used in an adapted version of your idea to make something a bit more sympathetic to the rustic surrounding of an allotment site.

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    thanks for your suggestion. i thought it is not "rocket science" so no need for a step-by-step procedure.

    i'ble updated with steps. hope it is clear enough now.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is really cool! It would be a little easier to understand what you're doing in those steps if you described what's going on...have you tried the new editor? It makes it super easy to do step-by-step descriptions....
    Thanks for contributing!