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How to Make a Wood Boat Shelf From Reclaimed Pallet | DIY Project

How to Make a Wood Boat Shelf From Reclaimed Pallet
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Do you have old lumber in your home and you have no idea what to do with? Well, we have a great solution for you how to reuse your reclaimed wood. The pallet wood you have can be used to make a classy looking boat shelf and that would be almost free of cost for you. So your junk gets re-utilized and also you will get a nice boat shelf to place your things.

Buying one like this from the market can cost much so it’s much cost efficient for you and you can recycle your things so you don’t have a huge pile of used things in your store room. This step by step tutorial explains the easiest way to make this shelf.

This tutorial is for woodworkers and it can also be a DIY project if you know basics of woodworking and can work with the tools. You can make this for your home or you can make this and earn some amount by selling them as it would not cost much and you can start up a small shop by making some of these.

So are you ready to have this cool and space efficient shelf of your own?

So let’s get started!!

You will be needing wood pallets and nails of suitable size and other wood cutting instruments like a jigsaw, band saw etc.

Make sure you have a separate working space for this.

Step 1: Cut The Pallet Wood

Firstly we have to separate the pallets so for that we are using a reciprocating saw with carbide blade. A reciprocating saw utilizes push- pull i.e. reciprocating motion of its blade to cut through anything is. Reciprocating saws cut through just about everything short of a rock. It's the go-to tool for remodeling and demolition.

This is easy and time efficient and saves you from pulling all those nails from the wood. Make sure you create some distance between the pallets and main beam so that you cut through the nail and not wood.

Once you have separated theses pallets then cut your wood stock into smaller pieces like 7 to 8 inches long with the help of table saw or miter saw whatever you like.

Pro Tips

  • Use a workbench to secure the lumber so that it doesn’t move while cutting
  • Always wear safety glasses and goggles.
  • Wear gloves to protect hands from splinters while cutting wood but not near rotating blades where gloves can catch.
  • Use a sharp 2H pencil for proper marking on the wood.
  • When marking a line, hold the pencil such that there is no space between the pencil and the measuring device.
  • If you are using a tape measure, be sure to hook its one end firmly to the wood’s edge.
  • When using a table saw to cut the wood, keep the blade a little high for a cleaner cut.
  • Use small teeth blade to achieve a much smoother edge.
  • If you are still unable to cut the wood in the perfect size, just cut it a little bit oversize, and then trim to the right dimensions.

Step 2: Making The Base Frame

Now take five uncut pieces of pallet wood equaling up to 19 inches wide and place brackets in their back to support the structure. Use appropriate size nails and nail them together to form the base frame. Make sure to nail each piece tightly nail with both sides of the bracket.

Once the pieces are completely joined together now cut the edges of your board with a jig saw or band saw in a curve like this

Now place cut piece on the other side and trace it and then cut equal side curve there too.

Measure the height out to 40” and then find the center of the wood from side to side

Now draw a curve you have in a boat. You can find many instruments or tool and methods for making a curve like this but I prefer it drawing by free hand.

Once you have drawn the curve by pencil now cut it with your jig saw. Place the board on a plane hard surface so that it does not move during cutting and you get a proper clean cut .first cut on one side then place the cut wood on other so that you get identical curve on both sides

Your board will look like this

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Pro Tips

  • In order to find out the center of the wood board, place the measuring tape across the board width such that each edge of the wood coincides with a whole number. Mark the middle point and that is your center.
  • If you are still unable to cut the wood in the perfect size, just cut it a little bit oversize, and then trim to the right dimensions.
  • First, if you are working with hardwood, drill a pilot hole in the material to prevent splitting.
  • To begin hammering, grip the hammer firmly in the middle of the handle - shake hands with your hammer!
  • Don’t hold the hammer too tightly.
  • Hold the nail between the thumb and forefinger of the other hand and place the nail where it is to be driven.
  • Always use wood screws. Their threads have high incline and tips are pronounced and their shank is conical or cylindrical.
  • (Cordless) screwdrivers and (cordless) drill/drivers are ideal for screw driving. If you only want to drive screws rarely, you can also use a drill.
  • Best to use two feather boards when cutting narrow moldings in order to get a straight, smooth cut. However, it’s almost impossible to safely feed the stock all the way through. The solution to this is to make the molding extra-long and leave some of the uncut wood on the end, to serve as a handle.
  • When you’ve routed as far as possible, turn off the router, remove the piece and cut off the handle.
  • It’s hard to keep the thin or narrow stock from chattering while it’s being cut on the router table. For narrow strips such as this bead molding, it’s safer and easier to rout the profile on a wide board, then cut off the shaped edge on the table saw
  • Spiral bits often make a smoother, more accurate cut than straight bits. As an up-cut spiral bit pulls the chips up and out, so it is perfect for cutting mortises in solid wood. And the down-cut bit pushes chips downward, which makes it ideal for making chip-free dados in plywood and melamine.
  • Down-cut bits are not preferable for use in a router table as they can push the workpiece up off the table.

Step 3: Joining The Side Pieces And Placing The Racks

Once the board is completely cut into the desired shape now place your wooden pieces of 7 to 8 inches on its side with glue and then nail them into the board. You can directly nail them if you want to but using glue first can ensure that the pieces are connected tightly.

After that, place a piece of wood on the sides and trace the shape of your shelf then draw the shape with the thickness equal to the thickness of your wood pieces. Cut out these shapes with the help of band saw and then nail them onto the pieces like this

Now cut 4 1’’x1x6” pieces, these will be used to hold the shelving

Measure the inside of the walls and then cut pieces of that length that would fit in

While placing them in use a mini level to ensure that everything is straight and leveled. Now place them on inside the shelf. While you are placing them always apply bracket on one side and then place your wood piece and the other bracket later because if you place both the brackets at the same time then the boards will not fit into it

Pro Tips

  • While working with a band saw wear hearing protection such as ear plugs or ear muffs.
  • Appropriate clothing must be done while working with a band saw. Do not wear long sleeved or loose fitting clothes that could get caught in your work.
  • Regularly check and adjust your blocks and wheels in your band saw so that your blade resides in its proper position.
  • Turn your band saw on once the motor attains its full speed then start any cutting
  • Nails, brads or screws cannot hold the edges of the thin plywood. You can sink screws into the edges of three-quarter-inch plywood by drilling pilot holes and center the screws on the edge.
  • When nailing into face plies, space nails at four-inch intervals for maximum panel strength.
  • Always remove nails by pulling them out straight. Pulling them out at an angle, can cause splintering.
  • To begin hammering, grip the hammer firmly in the middle of the handle - shake hands with your hammer!
  • Don’t hold the hammer too tightly
  • While using basswood do not cut through the piece in one cut.Use sharper blades
  • Use of twist drill are not preferable while working with basswood as they can cause breakout
  • Using basswood having a moisture content of 8 percent is good for stability in use.For intricate cuts, spiral blades are better to use.

Step 4: Staining And Painting (Optional)

If you want to give your book shelf a finished look you can stain it and finish your bookshelf and make it more presentable and eye catching for customers if you want to attract.

Pro Tips

  • While spray painting work in a ventilated area
  • Thoroughly clean the surrounding area or else dust particles can fly around and settle on the painted surface when it is still wet.
  • It is important to remove all rust before you spray paint a metal surface. By the help of sandpaper or a wire brush, scrub out all the waste and make the surface clean
  • Before you apply paint on the metal object, spray a couple of test coats on a scrap piece. Hold the spray paint can at the proper distance. Too close or too far holding can cause irregular or thick coats
  • Avoid applying thick coats of spray paint. Better coverage is achieved by applying thin coats and repeating the application until you achieve the desired results.


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Additional links:

1) https://www.bosch-do-it.com/gb/en/diy/knowledge/application-tips/screwdriving-and-drilling-in-wood-98726.jsp

2) http://www.instructables.com/id/Creating-cutting-and-printing-your-own-woodblock/

  • May 7, 2017
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