Some people find woodworking to be a little intimidating. I will admit, it can be at first. This is why I always recommend starting with something you feel comfortable with. This particular DIY used pallet projects range from beginner to intermediate.
The Pallet Night Stand
Pallet-weathered works better but is not necessary
Piece of thin plywood about 4-6 mm thick
Water based satin wood stain
Steps in building:
Use your pry bar and hammer to break the pallet apart. This is done by removing the slats. Using a chisel to loosen the slats if you want to, before you use the pry bar.
**The frame will be held together by 2 rectangles that you make out of the pallet. The frame itself will consist of 10 boards that are 3×4 and 4×1.**
Cut 10 boards any length with your circular saw. 52 cm is preferred but the length is up to you.
Decide which ones you want to be the sides and which ones you want to be the back and put them in sets.
You need to put the sets of boards together so you can measure their total width. This measurement will be used to make your rectangles.
Your rectangles will consist of four beams each. It is important that they are the same size so cutting them the same length is imperative.
Now you are ready to assemble the rectangles. You do this by screwing the nails into the boards. Be sure they are the same size.
It’s now time to sand the pieces for the frame. Using the belt sander is faster and easier than doing this by hand. Once you do this grab your nails. Start by assembling the top boards onto your rectangle. Clamp the pieces down so you can nail the side and back boards. Finally you are ready to assemble the front board.
Glue two pieces of plywood to the inside of the frame (one on each side).
Add a final piece of wood by nailing it to the plywood.
Paint over the finished product with the water based satin stain and let dry.
See as how I am not a very crafty person, I was overwhelmed by this project at first. I actually had my husband double check my measurements before I started cutting my pieces. This was purely for my piece of mind and wasn’t required. I also had him periodically check on my progress and I made sure I did this on a day when he was available to assist me if it was needed. Again, that is not a requirement. However, if you have a habit of second guessing yourself (like I do!) it does bring about peace of mind to have someone else there, just in case. Overall, I was pleased with the project. It turned out great and built my confidence up in the process.