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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