I needed a space to put my shoes in my room. Making this rack was free and easy as I already had all the resources I needed. It was a very fun build :)
Step 1: Take Apart the Pallet
The pallet was going to go in a skip so I saved it, so that I could use it to make something usefull. First I tried taking the pallet apart with a crowbar and all the wood snapped. This was because it was an old crowbar which wasn't very good. So instead I decided to cut the pallet in half and dismantle it with two hammers. This was much quicker and easier to do.
Step 2: Remove Nails
Once the pallet is dismantled there will still be lots of nails in the pallet. I took these out with a small hammer. Some nails were very difficult to remove as they had been bent. For these nails pliers were used.
Step 3: Screw the Pallets
I planned in my head how the rack would fit together. I decided to use some fixit blocks and screws to hold it all together. Then began to screw it all together. I found it easiest to put it together in stages doing all the top prices first. This was a very quick process because the Yankee screwed the screws in very fast. An electric screwdriver or drill would do the same job.
Step 4: Make the Shelf
Then the shelf was added. For this I needed to cut some slightly smaller planks so that they would fit on the inside. I measured halfway up all of the planks so that all the pallets would be at the same level. I then did the same as last step and screwed them together using fixit blocks and screws. I was planning to have a bottom to the shoe rack but I did not have enough wood so I left it out.
Step 5: Making and Screwing on Supports
The supports were then made by cutting another few pallets up. I needed two for each side then two for on the top. Once they had been cut out I measured and marked out where the screws would go and drilled some pilot holes. After that I screwed it all together making sure that it felt very sturdy.
Step 6: Quick Sand Down
I quickly sanded it all down to make it look smoother. I used 60 grit first to smooth all the edges and to get all large splinters of wood off. After that I used 120 grit on a few bits and it was all done.
Step 7: Finished!
I was really happy with the result and now I have somewhere to put my shoes. I used the exact same process to make a vinyl record storage box. Apart from the fact that I put in a base instead of a shelf. Hope you enjoyed :)
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