Here’s a little salad of the fruits of my labor. The sun is starting to shine, and it’s time to move my operation, if you can call it that, outside. I’ve spent the time cleaning up my pallet wood, now I want to CREATE something. God knows I’ve gathered plenty of ideas off Pinterest and YouTube to keep me busy for the next decade, but what should I make first? Well, step one was to make myself an outdoor work station. I’m quitting my murky basement workshop cold turkey. I took a few of the more gnarly pieces of pallet and a piece of plywood I picked from the last dumpster dive, and went to work making a work surface.
With my work station up and running, I set to work on a project that I am saving to share until completion. Of course, I had to try my hand at something else as well. Something simple that, if botched, wouldn’t waste too much of the wood I worked so hard at procuring. Here’s what I came up with:
I’ve seen this design a couple times, and it seemed easy enough for me to “wing”. So, I wung it. Like, didn’t even use a tape measure wung it.
Picker Tip: No matter how well you THINK you have cleaned your pallet wood, give your cut lines a good once (or twice) over before taking your saw blade to them. Many times, these pieces have hidden nails in them. The last thing you want is your saw blade meeting a nail that the angry pallet assembler hid out of spite.
Using some wood glue and nails, I assembled the pieces into what I have previously seen as a wine bottle holder. I don’t have a planer…..yet. I used my orbital sander with 100 grit paper to take down the rough spots on the wood. I could have gone finer, but then the wood would lose it’s relaimed/upcycled charm that I’m going for. The result is a smooth, paintable surface which still maintains most of it’s “rough and tumble” look.
I’ll save my adventures in wood stain for another time. Basically, that will be one giant Picker Tip. To summarize, thank God I got myself a half can of Paint Thinner in one of Estate Sale Picks last weekend.