Pallet wood box


Yesterday I planed some more pallet slats and devised to make something. Glued up the narrow slats last night into panels for all the pieces. Today I cut the pieces, glued, sanded and finished with Watco natural danish oil. Man, I love danish oil almost s much as my wife. LOL, but yeah… Love this stuff.

The handle on the lid came from a nicely figured piece with a knot. I wanted to incorporate the knot and this is what I came up with. I wish it weren’t as tall, but the size of the knot kind of dictated the height.

All mtire joinery. Just glue. Extreme minimalism. There are a couple of hiccups with the mitres, including one end piece that broke off and flew away while I was cutting it. I couldn’t find it on the floor so i just left it as is. Adds to the character, i suppose. Overall I’m very, very pleased with the outcome of the mitres. For the most part they’re very tight. I only used tape to clamp. This came out much better than my last attempt.

This will be a gift for a designer that’s giving me business. A small token of my appreciation. One of the projects I’m doing for her involves a lot of reclaimed wood (and some fake Styrofoam ceiling beams that look surprisingly good). I think she’ll appreciate the reclaimed aspect of this simple box.

Losing fingers since 1969


Nicely made. Looks great.

Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

Very nicely made Brian, well done. I bet you had fun building something other than your house in your workshop. Thanks for posting it.

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

Well done Brian. You guys sure get some good pallet wood in the U.S.

Mike, an American living in Norway

Yes it is nice to take a break one in a while. I did enjoy the change.

I got these pallets last year from an auto parts place. My buddy and I took as many as we could fit in his suburban – about 10. We selected them based on weight because they were so filthy that you couldn’t see what kind of wood they were made of. We figured if they’re heavy they’re probably hardwood. We were about half right with the selection. I took a couple of the pine ones and made a planter for my wife. The rest got the slats chit off and the nails pulled from the runners. I still have a couple of runners and a bunch of slats. The slats are only good for small projects like this. They’re short, narrow and thin. Here’s a pic from Saturday after planing a bunch and jointing one edge.

They’re about 14" or 15" long on average, and maybe 2" wide and less than 1/2" thick. Good for small boxes only, pretty much. They do take the danish oil well.

After I took the pictures of this box I put a couple of coats of paste wax. It really feels luxurious. Very smooth after waxing.

Losing fingers since 1969

Very nice. Wish I could locate “good” pallets. Mine all seem to be crappy wood.

Keith "Shin" Schindler

Great haul, even if they are short.

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

I enjoy the way you used the natural feature of the handle ,then centered and
framed it with a very symmetrical arch with interesting grain . I think the proportions of the handle compliment those
of the base quite well , to my eye .
Your seemed to have combined a ’ minimalist ’ and ’ naturalist ’
approach for the handle; it compliments the base quite well . Really cool Flow ……my.compliments ……….really cool .

Thank you!

Losing fingers since 1969

Very nice Brian. Great to repurpose pallet wood rather than being burned or put in landfills and yours is proof there is beautiful wood available. Thanks for sharing.


Crazy what u can do with pallets. Nice work

Way cool Brian ,Love the design and build. A wonderful finish,excellent gift and smart business move.

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