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How to Make a Storage Crate From a Pallet

My husband gets me.  Through and through.  He knows what I love.  He likes what I do.  Rhyme intended.

After all these many married years, he is fully aware that my DIY projects are never ceasing, and I’m pretty sure he’s cool with it.  I know this because he is amazing enough to bring pallets home for me from work, break them down, and stack the boards in the garage without me ever asking him to do it.  He doesn’t say a word about it.  He just does it.  Because he knows it makes me happy.  Isn’t that beautiful?  This is love.

After all of the boards are nicely piled, the center piece of the pallet is all that remains, forcing me to question whether or not it’s junk, and if it can potentially be used.  We surely can’t just trash it, right?  That would be ridiculous.

Let’s create something!

First, we need to make a few cuts on this fine fella with a miter saw.  My man always reminds me to put safety glasses over my eyeballs.  He enjoys me being able to see him stack the pallet boards.  This is me reminding you.  Here, I’m going to write you a poem so you remember to put them on.  No excuses.

Seeing is wonderful.  Eyes are great.  Put some safety glasses on before it’s too late.

I don’t want to write a poem about putting on a dust mask.  Dust masks are boring and uncomfortable.  But really great if you like your lungs.

My helmet hair in this picture reminds me of my daughter’s sweet words yesterday.  And I quote, “Mom, can you please put makeup on and do your hair before you come to my Christmas party at school?  I don’t want you to look weird.”  Hmmmm….

Back to the cutting…

I just chopped off the ends of my boards to get the two pieces that we will need for the backbone of this project.  As you can see from the picture, you still have the opportunity to make another crate from the board remaining in the center.  Pallets really are the gift that keeps on giving.

Now, at this point you can use the actual pallet boards that we cut off of the center piece to make our project (which I am going to use two of my stacked-in-the-corner-of the-garage pallet boards), or you can use any scrap wood that you might have.  I am going to use some scrap lath along with my pallet boards.

I am all about reusing and repurposing materials, so when I saw this beautiful century old wood getting torn out of the Mulberry house walls, I gathered it all up squirrel style and brought it home.  I’m still using it in my projects a year later.  Good stuff.

If you don’t have access to any old lath, but love the look of mine, don’t stress!  They sell lath at all the big box stores.

I rummaged through my scraps seeking the longest pieces of lath I could find, and cut them all the same length with the miter saw.  And of course, my pallet board was cut to match.

Then go ahead and dig out 2 or 3 more boards for the front of your crate and cut the same length as your back boards.  Don’t forget to find a bottom piece too, and of course, cut the same length as all of the other boards.

Now, at this point, all of you observant people are going to notice that the final product’s board arrangement doesn’t look like the layout of the boards in this picture.  I changed my mind.  If you follow me for very long on this blog you will notice one thing about me:  I change my mind incessantly.  I happen to think that’s just fine.  Hopefully you do too.  If you don’t, wrong blog.

Sanding time=my least favorite part of the project.  Boo for sanding.  Find a happy place while you sand.

I use this guy for making the process a little easier.

Once my boards were sanded, I used my most favorite stain for even coverage and a beautiful sheen.  If you’d like to read about the amazingness of this product then click here.  If you use it your mind will be blown.  Guaranteed.  Don’t believe me?  Just try it.

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Ok, so once my stain was completely dry, I collected my clampswood glue, and brad nailer to put the crate together.  The brad nailer isn’t entirely necessary.  You can easily just hammer in some finishing nails.  But, this nail gun is an early Christmas present from my man, so I had to try it out on this project.

Grab a clamp, and just put a dab of glue on the bottom of your backbone piece, and attach the bottom board to it with your clamp.  Like this.

Make sure to adjust your clamp so that you can get your nail gun in there to shoot a nail in through the bottom board.

After you get a few nails through each side of your bottom board, you are ready for the back boards.  Go ahead and flip your project over to expose the back, taller side, and layout the spacing of your boards.  Then, repeat the process of the glue, clamps, and nailing.

Then, flip to the front and repeat the process again.

And that’s it!  Cute, right?

I would love to see pictures of your finished product.  Please send them my way!

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