Category Archives: Pallet Projects

Spice Up Your Kitchen with This Pallet Rack

With some extra clean pallet boards nearby, I decided to construct a simple three-shelf spice rack for our kitchen. If you like the idea, you can start by choosing how high and wide you want your spice rack to be, then lay out the number of boards you’ll need. I attached four together with two shorter pieces on the back, letting the top one protrude enough to use it to support my curved top piece.

I then took another board for my top piece, turned it lengthwise, and cut out a simple, Early American design. I placed it on top of my back boards and secured it with small nails through one of my back support boards shown in the first picture. The shiny nail heads you see here were in the pallet, which I left to give it even more character.

The sides and shelves were easy to cut and nail to the back. Just be sure to have some of your spice jars on hand to determine how wide each shelf needs to be and how much space you’ll need between each shelf. The final piece was this thin bar to keep the spice jars from falling off the shelf.

My favorite finish for pallet projects is Minwax® Polycrylic™ Protective Finish. The aerosol can version works great for projects with several pieces. Two fast-drying coats brought out the grain of the wood, provided some sheen to the dry wood, and made my spice rack look even better.

After that it was just a matter of bringing the spice rack into our kitchen, then watching as Leigh Ann began filling it up with jars of her favorite cooking spices.

Until next time,

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From Pallet To a Surprize for Haven

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!

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A Patriotic Flag From a Pallet

Like the phoenix rising from the ashes, this variation on an American flag rose from a wood pallet, now in pieces on the ground. I made it this week for a television segment that will be airing live on Wednesday morning, July 2 on the FOX 5 – DC network (Baltimore-Washington area).

My first step was to pry off the boards I needed, then cut them into 2″ strips, each about 33″ long, but you can make yours any width and length you like!  I used Minwax® Express Color™ “Indigo” and “Crimson” along with Water Based “White Wash Pickling Stain” for the colors in the flag.

Quick Tip: The edge of a putty knife will keep the stain where you want it, provided you apply your stain lightly, dabbing it gently next to the putty knife with a foam brush.

Two thin scraps of plywood, glued and screwed to the back, hold the six boards in position.

A sea sponge, the White Wash Pickling Stain, and a stencil for the stars completed the wall flag, which I then protected with clear Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish before hanging. Hope you can catch the show bright and early on Wednesday morning!

Until next time,

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An Inexpensive Coffee Table

When my office assistant Alexandra said she wanted to build a coffee table, I was impressed. When she said she wanted to build it out of an old shipping pallet, I was skeptical. But when I saw what she had built — in just a few hours — I was amazed! Take a look to see what she did with what first looked like a pile of junk.

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