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If you've followed us for some time, you know that we like our pallets! We have utilized pallet wood in a number of projects including shelves, a coffee station, sign and now we add a pallet wood tray to our inventory of posts!
For a presentation of Power Tools 101 this spring at the Tallahassee French Country Market, we created this tray out of pallet wood. We used the build to demonstrate how to use various power tools in real time.
As far as pallet projects go, this is more straight forward than most. We used a pallet we found at a motorcycle shop. It ended up being the exact width we needed for our tray so no trimming of the boards, with the exception of the end boards was needed!
One thing we learned through this project is that all pallet wood is NOT created equal. The pallet we found was really good quality, very clean, and very uniform throughout the piece. Once sanded and stained it revealed very interesting grain.
We also learned about the IPPC label that is found on all international and some USA made pallets. To be safe, it should have HT on the label which means it is heat treated rather than chemically treated.
Although this project was made with power tools, the build could be adapted using hand tools only. Use what you have (and borrow the rest!)
How would you finish your tray--stain, paint, or left natural? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.
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