Introduction: Pallet Book Shelf

rustic pallet book shelf

Step 1: Deconstruction

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

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

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

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!!

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!

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!

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