Pallet Wood Shelves,shelf




These wre built from pallet wood and the only reason I build anything from pallet wood is My friend makes a pallet dismanteling bar which turns what would be a pain in the behind job, into a dream chuckle that was easy kinda job or to put in quantifiable terms a normal pallet usually takes about 20 mins to take apart for useable wood. This tool thingy brings that time down to less than a minute. Before that I was cross sawing and chopping into 15" pieces and burning.

Assenbly is obvious really and when I get the time to do step by sreps I'll do a new improved design. These shelves work with assembly on a big flat surface and 20 oz  hammer 2" (50mm) ring nails.I have done one by hand but a skill saw and jig for length makes it viable. This one has two sections and longer timber about 61/2 ft long and the shelves are nearly square looked at from the front but they don't look odd as the space is divided up.

Order of work:
Measure measure measure
cut shelf wood to length (if needed) I tend to use the actual lenght wherever possible.
Cut depth front to back pieces from spacers of pallet this distance can vary more in the design stage.
mark the position of the uprights at the middle and ends/ends.
Set up a right angle jig to save time or square the ends and middle.
Tosh nail (the english term for angle the nails differently so they give more hold than just staright in.
Finish assembvling shelves and check that they are all the same at the depth braces.
This is when a big space on the floor or outside is useful to mark and assemble the uprights
work from one corner and check the square and the distances that should be the same. (I still get caught out at this stage so be careful and check a lot. One nail at each point till one side complete and double checked, when you are happy bung in a couple more nails in at each point three seems to work well though I have just done two.
Flip the shelves and repaet the process on the other side. Checking for square and distances again.
I am a big fan of medieval building and the use of GIG sticks that provide a physical stop for a measurement and you can literally feel that it is right.

When finished you can treat with preservative and you should find that these out perform cheap commercial shelving.
They will sand and they can be smart enough for artisnal interiors. The one illustrated here have been outside for 18 months without preservative. They are due for dismanteling as aI have another use for the space lined up.

Let me know if you want more detaikled instructions. Good luck all



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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Well it could be verbal tradition but my forman used the term to acknwledge what I was already doing on a job similar to shuttering carpentry in the days when no rechargeable screwdrivers existed and a yankee screwdriver was the height of sophistication. Consequently if you could get a piece of wood to fix with nails "tosh" nailing did a better job of resisting the pressure of the mould contents before it had set, needless to say a lot quicker than screwing in with a "yankee". The reference to "rubbish" is probably accurate as the average carpenter may consider the angled nailing as less than perfect. This incomplete explaination from wiki diy"Toe nailing

    (Also called "Tosh nailing") Used for forming perpendicular joints in joinery like roofing and stud walls. Consists of nailing into the side of one piece of wood at around 45 degrees, such that the nail exits from the end grain of the wood and penetrates the wood to which the end is abbuted. Frequently used to fix vertical studs to the horizontal header or sole plate, and for fixing one end of noggings when they need to all be inline. The method is prone to moving the first piece of timber out of line.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    "Tosh nail (the english term for angle the nails)"

    I'm English, I've never heard this term. "Tosh" is a posh-polite word for rubbish. See also "Piffle". So it may refer to putting the nails in *really* badly. It's actually called "skew nailed".