How to: Make Wood Crates by Repurposing Pallets
To organize my pantry I decided I wanted to create some custom storage solutions, within three criteria of it being cost effective, sturdy, and that it looked the way I wanted it to. This is my solution to what I needed to get the organization project completed… to make rustic repurposed wood crates from pallets.
NOTE: I did not complete this task in a day, or even two. I had to fit this into my schedule and it took me a few weeks from start to finish to complete.
Materials I used:
- reciprocating saw (with a metal/wood blade)
- circular saw
- foam brush
- wood wax
- Nails/ Screws (in the length appropriate for your wood)
- Material for the bottom (optional).
This is the process I used to make the wood crates, you may not need to follow this exactly, but it will give you a good guideline for how I got the look I wanted.
- I broke down the pallets into individual pieces using the pry bar and reciprocating saw. I then sorted them into like sizes (length and width).
- After I knew what materials I had to work with, and measuring the space of my pantry, I make a little sketch with the dimensions of the crate for reference. Then cut all the pieces required using a circular saw.
- Note: Drawing the sketch helped me figure out exactly how many pieces I would need of each length of wood.
- Next I sanded the wood to get any sharp pieces smooth, and get rid of any potential splinters.
- I used a foam brush and Minwax stain. I let it soak into the wood for about a minute and then I wiped off any excess stain, and let this set over night to dry.
- I wanted to have some protection for the wood, so I decided on using Minwax clear wax. I used a rag to apply the wax, and then let it sit overnight.
- Lastly, I assembled the finished pieces of wood to make a crate!
I really wanted to have the look of the nail heads on each of the sides, so I picked out my nails according the the length and the size of the nail head. Each piece of wood took the stain quite differently, and would pull a more brown or red tone depending on the wood. The cost of the wood crates I've made totals around $5-$6 per crate. Not to shabby... if I do say so myself!
Here's to the finished wood crates! I absolutely love the way they turned out and several friends have asked if I am going to sell them… I'm undecided about it.
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