Homemade Pallet Wood Box

I’m not much of a craftsman, but I am trying.  My oldest daughter, Riley, likes to go out to the garage and try her hand at it too.  We’re about at the same level so having her there is a bit intimidating. But that hasn’t deterred me. So together we are trying our hands at building…stuff.  Stuff being tables, frames, wall hangers and now a box.

Here is what I, I mean we, did step by step.

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Here is Riley and I ready to get started, safety glasses and all.

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I had a scrap piece of wood left over that was approximately 13″x17″. That became the base of my box. And a long scrap 1.5″x1.5″ were cut to about 14 inches.

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I drilled a hole in each corner while holding a long piece underneath. Once the drill went through and marked the piece below, I drilled about a 1/4 inch into that piece and attached them on my saw horses with screws.

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Frame all done and ready for sides.

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I had a bunch of scrap pallet slats that I had pulled apart and cut into 10 17.5″ lengths and 10 14.25″ pieces. Here they are all laid out in the patterns that I chose so that each side of the box would look unique.

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I drilled holes into each slat till I hit the frame, backed the drill out, and set it with a nail. I did one side at a time, no specific reason.

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Because I was pounding nails in I cut and made a brace so that the frame wouldn’t break apart mid pounding. Here is a shot with 2 sides almost done.

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I put 5 slats on each side but only attached 4 at a time. I waited till the end to attach the top slat so that the box would be more stable.

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Here is the almost finished product minus the handles.

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For handles I drilled a couple of holes in opposite sides of the box and thread through an old rope.

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I tied knots, cut off the extra rope, and took a lighter to them so that they wouldn’t fray over time.

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All done.


After I built it, I needed to find a use for it. So I set it next to our fire pit to hold all our starter firewood for future fires.

Thanks for checking this out.



redeem your rhythms…

If you are like me, one of the biggest questions that I have had concerning rhythms is, although you may enjoy and appreciate the idea of creating rhythms to do mission, you might have no idea how to incorporate one more things into your already busy and over-scheduled life. I get that. I hear that. It is something I’ve thought of too.

r-OVERSCHEDULED-KIDS-AND-STRESSED-OUT-PARENTS-large570I was there when I first started thinking about rhythms. I’m married, have 2 kids, work 40+ hours a week, work 2 different semi-part time jobs on weekends, host a dinner on Tuesday nights, and hang out at a bar every Thursday evening. So, how do I add one more thing to my plate without stressing out about how I’m not on mission? That is a valid question. It is. And I’d like to try and answer that question in 2 different ways.

First, I really don’t think we need to add a bunch of new things to our life in order to create mission-minded rhythms. I honestly don’t. Each believer already has rhythms, and all they need to do is redeem the ones that they already have. Simple.

You eat dinner, right? Invite people over for dinner a few times a month. Boom! Two birds with one stone. You take breaks in the break-room at work, right? Talk to people while you’re in there instead of having your face buried in your phone. Two birds with one stone. You work out each week, right? Run with a neighbor. Both of you need it and you can run much further with someone than by yourself. Two birds with one stone. Redeem the rhythms you already have. Its not that hard. (If you have further questions about doing things this way, see what Jeff Vanderstelt has to say in the clip below.)

Second, if you honestly can’t figure out how to make room for a new rhythm or how to redeem one of the rhythms that you already have, then you are probably too busy with the wrong things. If you truly believe that you don’t have time for people who don’t know Jesus to be in your life, then you are chasing pointless stuff. They may be good things. They may not be bad things. But if they keep you from mission, then they are distracting things. And that is not good. Not good. Jesus had something to say about people who were too busy doing things instead of actually loving Him (see Matthew 25:37-46). If you are going to get on mission for Jesus there is going to be some re-orientation of the priorities in your life. Jesus never told anyone who decided to follow Him to not change their life at all and to keep things the way that they were. He consistently had a challenge for them that called for action. If you can’t fit Jesus into your life, then your life is too packed with the wrong things.

Having rhythms in your life doesn’t need to consist of reinventing the wheel, but simply of redeeming the wheel you already have your hands on.

Could’ve Been Four

It has been a week now.  A week since my wife and I miscarried again.

About a month now got pretty excited when after 3 months of “not trying to prevent ourselves from getting pregnant” we received a positive sign on a little plastic prego test.  Tiffany soon began to feel tired, slightly nauseous, and had that general “discomfort” feeling in her abdomen that moms usually do when things start rearranging down there.

Then about 2 weeks ago now she began to start spotting.  And as the days went on the spotting increased, and last Friday night is when she whispered to me during a dinner party at our place that she just miscarried.  My heart sank.  There isn’t anything you as a husband can really do at that point.

For the week prior while we had been spotting we prayed and told God together that we 1) wanted to be parents again, 2) love kids, 3) want to play a role in increasing the earth with His images, 4) will wait on His timing, and 5) that we trust Him no matter what.

On Tuesday this week (Valentine’s Day) we went to the doctor knowing that we were probably not going to see a baby on the ultrasound screen, but still having that 1% chance of hope that all parents have that a miracle was going to happen.  A miracle didn’t happen that day and our hunches were confirmed after leaving the office.

Through all this I have been thankful and reminded of God’s grace – especially when looking at Riley everyday.  (Oh man I’m so much more thankful of her now than I was before.)  We previously miscarried back in 2008 a few months after getting married.  That one was really tough because we were in the process of relocating from KC to Tulsa, didn’t have any close relationships or community, and honestly were embarrassed about it.  This time the Gospel and our faith family have helped us through this. Now we aren’t embarrassed, but instead are more trusting of Him.  Tiffany has been solid and full of faith this whole time.  She grieves and cried a bit, but knows that God is in control.  She is so awesome.  I’ve seen the gospel in her time and time again over the last 14 days.

We will continue to pray, continue to try for more kids, and trust Him.