From Pallet To a Surprize for Haven

By Bruce Johnson

I try not to let anything go to waste here in my workshop, so when this delivery pallet ended up in my driveway, I thought of something I could make to give away in the Minwax® booth at the Haven bloggers conference July 11-12 in Atlanta.

I started by cutting the slats from the pallet into 2″ strips, then picked a patriotic theme using Minwax® Express Colors™ “Crimson” and “Indigo.” (But you can use any combination of Minwax® stains, including the new Wood Finishing Cloths, to customize your pallet projects.)

Next I assembled them into an 8″ x 12″ x 18″ tool box, stenciled on some stars, and added a simple handle down the center, all glued and nailed together for a rustic look.

I scuffed up the dried stain with #180-grit sandpaper to give it a worn, antique look (leaving the pallet nail holes!), and then had fun filling it with Minwax® goodies for one of the lucky attendees we will be meeting at the Haven conference in Atlanta.

Maybe we’ll see you there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

 

About Bruce Johnson

Author-craftsman Bruce Johnson has introduced millions of do-it-yourselfers, craftspeople and antique collectors to the world of wood finishing and antique restoration. As the official spokesperson for Minwax®, the leading manufacturer of wood finishing and wood care products, Bruce motivates people to take the initiative to beautify their surroundings. Through his many books, magazine articles and columns, as well as frequent appearances on national television talk shows, Johnson is recognized as an authority in the do-it-yourself community. Appearing on PBS, HGTV, The Discovery Channel, and currently hosting “DIY Woodworking” and “Build A Log Cabin”, on the DIY cable network, Johnson has brought the illustrious craft of wood finishing to the forefront of the American home. An expert in wood refinishing, antique restoration, and home improvement, Bruce has published more than a dozen books on these topics, including Fifty Simple Ways To Save Your House, The Wood Finisher, The Weekend Refinisher, and The Official Identification and Price Guide to the Arts and Crafts Movement. For more than 20-years, he penned an antique refinishing advice column, "Knock on Wood," which ran in dozens of antique/collectibles publications. Currently, he writes a column on Arts & Crafts for Style 1900 magazine. A rare combination of craftsman and journalist, Johnson began his career as a high school English teacher, but left teaching to set up his "Knock on Wood Antique Repair & Restoration" shop. He spent the next 10 years as a full-time professional refinisher, but eventually returned to writing. Yet, Johnson says, he won't ever be without a workbench and a couple of refinishing projects down in the basement. Johnson is also the founder and director of the Arts and Crafts Conference and Antique Show held every February in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Grove Park Inn. The conference, which includes the largest Arts and Crafts antiques show, attracts more than 1500 Arts and Crafts collectors each year to its many seminars, tours, demonstrations and exhibits. Johnson is proud to have played a role in reviving interest in designers like Gustav Stickley, who founded the Arts and Crafts movement. His latest book, “Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Furniture,” was awarded the 2009 Thomas Wolfe Literary Award. These furnishings are treasured by such collectors as Steven Spielberg and Bruce Willis, among many others.

6 comments on “From Pallet To a Surprize for Haven

  1. Michael Sura

    Just have to be careful of nails when cutting the boards. Great source of inexpensive lumber. I know many people that use pallet boards for projects.

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  2. Gina

    I love all things patriotic!! What a fantastic project.

    I don’t think we had a chance to meet at SNAP! Conference. I would love to connect with you! I have a pallet project in mind that would be great using your Clear Tint Base or White Tint Base.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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