Homemade Wooden Headboard

So the wife asked me a few months ago to make a DVD shelf. So I did. Next she started showing me headboards on Pinterest and wanted me to get cracking. So I started collecting pieces of pallets and tried to figure out the best way I knew how to construct a headboard for the wife!

Here is the journey I went on in this woodworking endeavor…

Here is the pile of wood I started out with.

Here is the pile of wood I started out with.

As I looked at each piece, I had to kind of lay them out and think about if they'd fit or not. Luckily, most of them did.

As I looked at each piece, I had to kind of lay them out and think about if they’d fit or not. Luckily, most of them did.

So I had to start cutting them so they would fit snug and flush with each other.

So I had to start cutting them so they would fit snug and flush with each other.

Here the pieces are after cutting and sanding.

Here the pieces are after cutting and sanding.

Then all of a sudden the puzzle fit!

Then all of a sudden the puzzle fit!

I got a 1/2 inch sheet of birch wood from Home Depot and my foundation.  Then I laid out my pallet pieces on it, saw where the gaps were and stained those spots underneath.

I got a 1/2 inch sheet of birch wood from Home Depot and my foundation. Then I laid out my pallet pieces on it, saw where the gaps were and stained those spots underneath.

I drilled through each piece into the birch wood, and then nailed them down with a big headed roofing nail.

I drilled through each piece into the birch wood, and then nailed them down with a big headed roofing nail.

Another close up view of what the nails looked like.

Another close up view of what the nails looked like.

I hung it up with a french cleat. I've never done a french cleat before, but after about 10 minutes on google I figured out how to do one.

I hung it up with a french cleat. I’ve never done a french cleat before, but after about 10 minutes on google I figured out how to do one.

Here it is hung up and ready to be admired.

Here it is hung up and ready to be admired.

And for me one of the most satisfying parts.

And for me one of the most satisfying parts.

Thanks for checking this out. I’m looking forward to sharing my next woodworking adventure with you all!

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Pallet Wood Shelf for DVDs

I’ve tried my hand at it again. I’ve made a shelf for our DVDs because my wife has asked me to. Currently we had let our DVDs pile up on the floor on the landing of our stairway. They were hard to see and the piles kept falling over. So I agreed that we needed something. And with that request I headed out to the garage to try my best at building a shelf for the first time.

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Here is the start. I began with this part being just the bottom. It took me about 2 hours to get this first stage done.

Here is the top part. It was around an hour for this one to take place. This was, of course, after the stain.

Here is the top part. It was around an hour for this one to take place. This was, of course, after the stain.

During the process of adding clear coat.

During the process of adding clear coat.

Latches added to the side to ensure that the 2 parts are connected and not going anywhere.

Latches added to the side to ensure that the 2 parts are connected and not going anywhere.

Done and ready to go on the landing.

Done and ready to go on the landing.

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Doing what it was meant to do – holding DVDs.

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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.

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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.

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