Pallet Shelves: DIY

DIY PALLET SHELVES- THE KINDRED STREET

Pallets, they bring out the inner DIY’er in us all. It’s no secret that they can be repurposed into impressive furniture and decor, this particular project is no exception. At around 10 bucks per shelf, this is a great way to create custom shelving on a budget.

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I’ve seen multiple pics of pallet shelves on Pinterest but failed to find a good step-by-step tutorial on how exactly to get the job done. I was determined to figure it out for myself (and by figure it out myself, I mean have Kevin figure it out). Let’s just say, for this project I was the “creative director” and Kevin was the “get-it-done Dude”.

I apologize in advance for the NKOTB reference in steps 1-5. It couldn’t be helped.

 step 1

We can have lots of fun. Cut the pallet. A standard Pallet is 48” x 48” in which case you can get 3 shelves cut equally out of it…for this tutorial we used a slightly smaller pallet and were only able to get 2 shelves (there was a small section of scrap in the center, as seen below). Either way, the sections break up as follows: Place pallet on the ground as you would if you were going to load it for shipping. Cut the cross braces, 2 boards in from either side.

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step 2

There’s so much we can do. Cut the 2×4 to fit the inside of the pallet, creating the base of the shelf (2 pieces per shelf, approximately 9.5″ each). Then with a rubber mallet or hammer, pound the 2×4 in place on ONE SIDE ONLY.

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step 3

Its just you and me. First drill pilot holes with 1/8″ drill bit, this will prevent the pallet from splitting. Then, screw 2×4 into base with wood screws.

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step 4

I can give you more. Pound the second 2×4 into place. Drill pilot holes with 1/8″ drill bit, preventing the pallet from splitting. Then, screw 2×4 into base with wood screws, on the outside only (you won’t be able to get to the inside at this point, which is where the angle bracket will come into play in the next step…)

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step 5

Don’t you know the time has arrived? Install angle bracket on the inside vertical board of the second installed 2×4. No need for pilot holes here, screw 1″ wood screws directly into the vertical board and 2×4.

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step6

Use 3/32″ drill bit to make (2) 1/2″ deep pilot holes into the bottom of the shelf, about 2″ in from the edge centered on the 2×4. This is where you’ll screw in your cup hooks (by hand). They cup hooks are installed after the shelves are completed, the picture below is just showing where they’ll be placed once completed.

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step 7

Sand first with 80 grit sandpaper to remove rough patches, splinters, dirt…then with 120grit to prepare the shelf for stain.

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step 8

Stain (2 coats allowing to dry thoroughly between coats) and mount on the wall (we used 1/4 x 20 Togglers for the mounting hardware). Once mounted on the wall, screw in cup hooks and slide in dowel with curtain hooks in place. Decorate and you’re done!

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 supply list:

  • (1) Pallet (A standard yeilds 3 shelves. For this tutorial, we used a slightly smaller pallet which yields 2 shelves.)
  • (1) 2×4, 8ft. long
  • Wooden Dowels (3/4″): 1 per shelf cut to the length of the shelves (4′)
  • Wood Screws: 5 per shelf  (3″ in length)
  • Angle Brackets: 1 per shelf, (4) 1inch wood screws per angle bracket.
  • Cup Hooks (1″): 2 per shelf
  • Curtain rings, I use 10 per shelf
  • 80 Grit & 120 Grit Sandpaper
  • Stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Drop Cloth

tools list:

  • Chop Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Screw Gun: 1/8″ drill bit & 3/32 drill bit
  • Hammer or Rubber Mallet
  • Sander

Instructions:

  1. Cut the pallet. A standard Pallet is 48” x 48” in which case you can get 3 shelves cut equally out of it…for this tutorial we used a slightly smaller pallet and were only able to get 2 shelves (there was a small section of scrap in the center, as seen below). Either way the section break up as follows: Place pallet on the ground as you would if you were going to load it for shipping. Cut the cross braces, 2 boards in from either side.
  2. Cut the 2×4 to fit the inside of the pallet, creating the base of the shelf (2 pieces per shelf, approximately 9.5″ each). Then with a rubber mallet or hammer, pound the 2×4 in place on ONE SIDE ONLY.
  3. First drill pilot holes with 1/8″ drill bit, this will prevent the pallet from splitting. Then, screw 2×4 into base with wood screws.
  4. Pound the second 2×4 into place. Drill pilot holes with 1/8″ drill bit, preventing the pallet from splitting. Then, screw 2×4 into base with wood screws, on the outside only (you won’t be able to get to the inside at this point, which is where the angle bracket will come into play in the next step…)
  5. Install angle bracket on the inside vertical board of the second installed 2×4. No need for pilot holes here, screw 1″ wood screws directly into the vertical board and 2×4.
  6. Use 3/32″ drill bit to make (2) 1/2″ deep pilot holes into the bottom of the shelf, about 2″ in from the edge centered on the 2×4. This is where you’ll screw in your cup hooks (by hand). They cup hooks are installed after the shelves are completed, the picture below is just showing where they’ll be placed once completed.
  7. Sand first with 80 grit sandpaper to remove rough patches, splinters, dirt…then with 120grit to prepare the shelf for stain.
  8. Stain (2 coats allowing to dry thoroughly between coats) and mount on the wall (we used 1/4 x 20 Togglers for the mounting hardware). Once mounted on the wall, screw in cup hooks and slide in dowel with curtain hooks in place. Decorate and you’re done!

I hope you guys find this tutorial helpful! What are some of your favorite pallet projects? Happy weekend, yo!

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