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post #1 of 44 Old 01-11-2014, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Help with Pallet scrap workbench?

I scored some lumber off craigslist in the form of pallet boxes. For free of course. Two boxes, a guesstimate of thirty 1x6s, and a very rotted (probably not salvageable) regular pallet. No idea on the species of wood for any of this.
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The thing I like about these guys is they're held together with staples instead of nails. Which means more holes but so much faster to disassemble. I had 4 more photos to attach but I haven't figured out the photo upload thing yet. Been around and using computers for over 20 years and now I feel like a beginner. I can only seem to upload one per post. Any way, I'll post the other when I figure what I'm doing wrong.

The pallet crates above also came with those 1x6s which I can glue and nail together to make 2x6s. I figured that could make for a sturdy bench if designed right. Does anyone happen to have any plans lying around for a work bench made out of those?
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I'll put together something if you can give me the actual depth and width of the pallets plus the height of each box. I've got some free time on my hands.

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The boxes are built with two pallets. One on top one on bottom, the pallets are 46"x46" with the 1"x6" on the outsides of that actual measuments of those is 3/4"x5-3/4". The entire box measures 47.5 across the top and bottom (both ways) and height is 41" tall. I figure the boxes as is, are a bit tall for me, I like a height of 3 foot. But I do like the idea of keeping the pallets as they are the least warped. Maybe using the slats to fill in the gaps or using ply wood across two of the pallets to make a 4ish foot by 8ish foot table top. I have plenty of the 1x6s to use. Plus I can go back and get two more boxes on Monday. Thanks for any help!
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Sure thing. Gimme a day or two.

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Thanks so much!
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You're Welcome...

Here's the first proof. I believe you may have enough to build two of these.

If this is what you were thinking, it won't take long to make a parts and assembly drawing. They'll be in PDF's to scale.

By the way, your 1x6's look like southern pine. The slats may be the same.
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That's a whole lot better then I was thinking! I need a bench so bad I was about to just wrap one of the crates in ply just to get something to work off of I'd imagine I have enough for two considering I'm going back to get even more, maybe if my fiancé is good I'll make her one to match (more motivation for her to keep mine clear.) if you wouldn't mind making that parts and assembly drawing I would be very grateful!
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That's a whole lot better then I was thinking! I need a bench so bad I was about to just wrap one of the crates in ply just to get something to work off of I'd imagine I have enough for two considering I'm going back to get even more, maybe if my fiancé is good I'll make her one to match (more motivation for her to keep mine clear.) if you wouldn't mind making that parts and assembly drawing I would be very grateful!
I'll get to it tomorrow after church. It'll make a good addition to my collection.

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Ill be sure to send you some pics when it's all done. Thanks again!
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Ill be sure to send you some pics when it's all done. Thanks again!
I'll be looking forward to those pics. Below is the picture of the drawing. I changed the brace for a metal one for the top shelf. They only cost a couple of bucks a piece, if that. You can post any questions here while constructing it. The PDF for the full drawing is at http://draftingservice.us/school/index.php?topic=57.0 with printing instructions.

Have fun with it... I enjoyed drawing it.
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Quick question, are those measurements for the parts actual measurements? Meaning does 2x4 mean 2x4 or does it mean 1.5x3.5?
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Quick question, are those measurements for the parts actual measurements? Meaning does 2x4 mean 2x4 or does it mean 1.5x3.5?
A dressed 2x4 means 1.5x3.5 (1 1/2" x 3 1/2"). It's just terminology.

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I was assuming that but just wanted to double check and be sure.
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Step one is complete, next up is removing the staples!
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Also side note I really like the coloration on this piece buried in the pile...
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The photo looks grey but in person it's a little blue!
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Also side note I really like the coloration on this piece buried in the pile...
The photo looks grey but in person it's a little blue!
I built a pulpit with a piece that tone and color as one of the front panels. I left it natural and used a yellow shellac in high gloss. It turned out nice.

A quick note: Double check your wood thickness & widths before you cut the pieces. I made a couple of size assumptions on the planks.

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Just a quick update on the progress so far. Some of the measurements were a smidge off but I'm thinking that was the pallet wood. The only thing I didn't figure out is where those 4" brackets go? Unless they attach to the top shelf planks?
The drawing looks like they're supposed to attach to the upper side rim, but that's offset from the back post.

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Oversight on my part. Just put yourself a 2x4 nailer block in that area to handle the brace. I'll update the drawing tomorrow. You will probably need a block at the back of the table for the back planking of the table top too.

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I just revised the plans to show the nailer blocks.

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Alrighty finally got a little free time to finish up the bench a bit. Still need to do a little sanding and what not but here we are!
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Just got to get those brackets.
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Also in case anyone was wondering... There was a lot of staples!
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And there's still more!
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