Here comes a project that is a total indulgence in my love of pallets, farm and orchard vintage wood crate, travel stamps, and weathered typography. Each crate is made from discarded pallets, ( Here is my post all about finding pallets and lots of tips on working with them. ) and personalized with a easy image transfer method using only wax paper and inkjet printer. At the end you will also see some fabulous diy failures so you can get a more consistent result with this technique.
I made some collage sheets of stamps, images and phrases used on these crates you can download later!
I think wooden pallets are like Cinderella, they are beautiful no matter in a dumpster, or being transformed into thousand dollar furniture. The natural variations of the wood, the stamps & nail holes, the little and big imperfections, are all gorgeous.
The most important thing when selecting a pallet is to look for the HT stamp, which means it’s heat treated instead of chemically treated. ( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. )
For this project, one easy way is to cut the 1×4 or 1×6 boards from the rails using a circular saw or jig saw . First cut down the edge of each pallet as close to the end rails as possible to maximize the length of each plank. Then remove the center nails of the pallet using a hammer and a pry bar.
If you plan to make a lot of things with pallets, then our favorite method is with this tool – a Duckbill Deck Wrecker, which makes it 20 times quicker and easier to break apart pallets . This tool lifts those boards easily, and you can take out the nails with a hammer.
Materials and tools:
- wax paper , cut into sheets no more than 8.5″ wide, a little longer than 11″, so it can fold over one edge of letter size paper. The glossy backing paper for labels or stickers works great too.
- a inkjet printer
- scotch tape
- 2 pieces of cloth such as old t-shirts and a soft pad such as a shoe polishing pad
- for the luscious home-made furniture wax, you will need some bees wax , and olive oil.
Size and cut the wood pieces for each crate – see diagram below.
Depending on the size of the crate you want, you will need 2 or 3 boards for the bottom.
Mark them to the length you want, and also mark 2 side pieces(yellow) at the same length. Finally, use these pieces to determine the end pieces(blue). Sand each piece with either a sanding pad, or a electric sander. Continue to next page –