Pallet Wood Ideas

A DIY pallet wood project is always a great way to start your woodworking journey without putting too much money in buying expensive wood. If you have a pallet or two lying around, instead of getting rid of them, you could try out some of these easy DIY pallet wood projects indoor spaces. I have listed them below in increasing difficulty level and its always a great idea to try out some easy ones before going for the difficult ones.

Please make sure the pallets you are using are good for using indoors. Pallets could have been used for different reasons like transporting chemicals to just transporting food. Here are some easy ways of identifying what the pallet was used for and whether it can be used to build furniture to be used indoors. Most important factor for a pallet is for them to be heat treated. This ensures working on pallet wood projects is safe as there is no risk of harmful bacterias getting airborne during wood working. If you are unsure of using pallet wood, you can always try to get your hands on reclaimed wood from constructions sites or other places that sell reclaimed wood.

So here are some really nice projects that I have curated by looking at different websites and blogs.

01. Rustic wooden shelves

Rustic wood shelves
Rustic wooden shelves from Etsy

These are a set of shelves with sides and a wooden back. You can use different coloured pallet wood to give a nice rustic look. The back of the shelves will need additional holes in case you want to hang it on the wall. These are readily available on Etsy and can be purchased using the following this link.

This DIY pallet wood project is one of the simplest in this list and with some wood stain or paint, you can give it your own look.

Tools needed: Cordless drill, Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


02. Floating rectangular shelves

Floating shelves from Etsy

These are elegant looking floating shelves that would look great on any wall. These can be built using pallet wood and can be built to different sizes and combinations. Each unit of the set will need a screw hole in the back to fix to the wall. Buy these from Etsy using this link

Tools needed: Cordless drill, Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


03. Wooden pallet coasters

Wooden pallet coasters
Wooden pallet coasters from One Dog Woof

If you are working with pallet wood, this easy DIY pallet wood project is a must do. Its simple and looks great for a minimal effort. You will be proud of your creation as you will be able to frequently use it in your day to day life. Just make sure you use very clean pallets.

You can paint them using some wood paint or a wood stain to make it look nice and match your home decor.

Visit One Dog Woof to view the details tutorial of this DIY pallet wood project.

You might want to rip some pallet wood to get thin strips of wood. This can be done using a Jigsaw but its easier using a table saw.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, table saw (optional)

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


04. Pallet wood photo frame with photo transfer

Pallet wood photo frame
Pallet wood photo transfer from Southern Revivals

This easy DIY pallet wood project is an ideal to help you create some nice frames. The photo transfer onto the pallet wood makes it look much more nicer than the traditional photo frames.

Visit Southern Revivals to view this DIY pallet wood project

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


05. Pallet wood christmas advent calendar

Pallet wood advent calendar from Scavenger Chic

This is a very unique advent calendar that can be done using pallet wood. Its simple to build and will be a good addition to the festive period. This is one of the nicest of the 56 pallet wood projects in this list.

Visit Scavenger Chic to view a detailed tutorial about this project

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 3 – 4 hours


06. Pallet wood bath tub tray

Pallet wood bathtub tray
Pallet wood bath tub tray from prettyhandygirl.com

This is a very simple to build bath tub tray using pallet wood. It will be a great additional to your bath room.

Visit prettyhandygirl.com for details about how to make this DIY pallet wood project.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, cordless drill

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, two pieces of rope, wood stain or paint

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


07. Driftwood gift crate

Driftwood gift crate
Driftwood gift tray from prettyhandygirl.com

This gift crate can be easily built using pallet wood to different sizes based on what you want to accommodate in the crate.

Visit prettyhandygirl.com to view this DIY pallet wood project

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


08. Toilet roll storage

This toilet roll storage can be built using pallet wood and will look amazing in your toilet. It can be used to put a plant as well if you fancy.

You will need to cut around 7 lengths of pallet wood deck board equal to the height of number of toilet rolls you want to store. Join 3 of them to form the back and join 2 each separately to form the sides. Use glue to stick them together as these wont be load bearing. Cut two more thin strips of pallet wood, you might need a table saw for this and join them as shown to form the front face. You can use wood glue to join these as well or nail gun if you have one.

Visit the following link to buy this toilet roll storage from Etsy.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, table saw (optional), nail gun (optional)

Materials needed: Pallet wood, wood glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


09. Rustic shabby shelf made of pallet wood

Rustic shabby pallet wood shelf
Rustic shabby shelf from Etsy

This rustic shabby pallet wood shelf has an amazing appeal no matter where you put this in your home. There is some beauty in its imperfection and is one of the ideal projects for any DIY enthusiast. This brings about the natural beauty of the pallet wood even through its imperfections.

You will need some 5-7 oddly shaped pallet wood deck boards cut to length of your choice joined by a single shelf using nail gun or screws. Use screws if you plan to place some heavy objects on the shelf.

Visit the following link to purchase this item from Etsy.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, cordless drill

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


10. Shallow storage tray from pallet wood

Shallow storage tray
Storage tray using pallet wood from Etsy

This storage tray looks elegant and can be used for variety of purposes. You will need some sanded and planed pallet wood for this DIY project as you want the tray surface to be level. Using wood glue, join the pallet wood deckboards side by side to form a rectangular base. Then rip some long pallet wood strips to form the side and join them using wood glue and clamps. Before joining the two front faces, make two holes to pass the fibre handles. Then join the front faces using wood glue and clamps.

Sand it and stain it to give it your own unique look.

This storage tray is readily available in Etsy at the following link.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


11. Key shelf pallet wood project

Key shelf using pallet wood
Key shelf from Etsy

This is one of the simplest key shelf that can be built using pallet wood. All you need to do is have two pallet wood deck boards and join them perpendicularly to form a L shape. Make couple of holes at the back against the surface that will go against the wall to fix them into wall screws. Fix a few hooks under the horizontal shelf to hold the keys. Make sure when you join the horizontal and vertical deck boards, you are using screws for extra strength.

Sand and stain the wood to make it the way you want it to look.

Buy this key shelf from Etsy using the following link.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, cordless drill

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, screws

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


12. Vinyl record stackable shelves using pallet wood

Vinyl record stackable crate
Rustic stackable vinyl storage from Etsy

This is a very rustic looking stackable shelve to store Vinyl records. This can be built using pallet wood and readily available crates.

Head over to Etsy to buy this stackable shelf.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 2 – 3 hours


13. Stackable pallet wood crates for storage

Stackable apple crates
Stackable apple crates

This set up can be easily built using pallet wood. You will need a number of pallet decking boards to build the individual boxes and then stack them on over the other. The configuration can be varied based on how much space you have left. You can add some shelves to the boxes to make for extra storage area. You can also set the shelves in a sloping configuration to use it as a shoe stand. There are a lot of different things you can do for this DIY pallet wood project.

These are readily available on Etsy if you are keen on buying one.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, cordless drill

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, screws

Time taken to complete: 1-2 hours


14. Free standing shelving unit

Free standing shelving unit
Free standing shelving unit

This is a very useful DIY pallet wood project that can be undertaken to make a very elegant and stylish looking storage space. This project can be done in different configuration based on the space available and your creativity. All you need to do is map out how you want the finished setup to look like. It need not look like the picture, it could be made of random lengths units stacked side by side.

Visit Etsy to buy this beautiful shelving unit in chunky wood

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, cordless drill

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, screws

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


15. Rustic farmhouse centre piece

Rustic farmhouse centre piece
Pallet wood photo transfer from Southern Revivals

This rustic farmhouse centre piece can been made using two pallet wood deck boards joined side by side and fixing two supporting legs to them. You can give any style to it like this one which has been painted and sanded to give it a very nice aged look. It will look great on any table as a centre piece.

Visit Happy at Home to see the detailed tutorial of this DIY pallet wood project.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


16. Hexagon Shelves

Hexagon Shelves
Hexagonal shelves

Hexagon Shelves are always a brilliant addition as a wall decor. Although they might look difficult to make, believe me they are not. The formula is simple, its just the cutting angles that matter. First decide how long you want each side to be, normally, the width of the hexagonal shelf is equal to twice the length of one side. So that will help you decide on whether they will fit in the space you have.

Second, since its hexagon, the ends of each side will have to be cut to an angle, normally using a mitre saw. This can be achieved using a jig saw but you wont get an accurate cut. So since hexagon has got 6 sides, the ends have to be cut at 180/6=30 deg angle. You can then join them using glue and nail gun if you plan to place heavy items on them.

There are a lot of variety of these shelves available on online stores and here is a one version on Etsy which looks rustic.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood ratchet clamps, Sander, nail gun

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 2-3 hours


17. Pallet wood triangular shelf

Triangular shelf
Triangular shelf

This triangular shelf is another geometric shape that looks amazing on any wall or a table. Multiple triangular shapes can be combined in different configurations to create a very nice shape. Again the end angles cutting is the same as hexagon shape where each ends will have to be cut at 180/3=60 degrees. You will need a strap ratchet clamp to join the ends with glue. Stain it or paint it to give a very nice look.

Visit Etsy to buy this Triangular shelf

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, strap ratched wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


18. Triangular floating shelves

Triangular floating shelves
Triangular floating shelves

This is another good DIY project that can be easily done using pallet wood. You can have different combinations of these shelves floated side by side or in some other pattern to make your wall look great.

Visit Etsy to buy this beautiful floating triangular shelf.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, ratched wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


19. Rhombus shaped floating shelf

Rhombus shaped floating shelf
Rhombus shaped floating shelf

This is essentially a square shape fixed to the wall at one of the corners. Another beautiful shelf concept that can be easily built. All the 4 sides will have their ends cut at 45 degrees and then fixed to a flat pallet wood deck board.

You can add more shelves to this unit if you want to.

Visit Etsy to buy this beautiful floating shelf

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, strap ratchet wood clamps, Sander, mitre saw

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


20. Hanging shelf unit

Hanging shelf unit
Hanging shelf unit

This hanging shelf will be a very nice addition to your living room or your study. This can be built using pallet wood using the pallet wood decking boards and also the stringers. The stringers can be used as the main side supports and the decking boards can be used as the shelves.

You will need to do some dado cuts to create space to insert the shelves through the stringers. If this is not possible, you can fix two supports to the side stringers and place the shelves on it. Make sure you glue the shelves to the supports or nail them in.

This hanging shelf is available on Etsy for purchase.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


21. Vintage crate centre piece

Vintage crate centre piece

This vintage crate centre piece is another great creation by PrettyHandyGirl.com. This will look really nice on your dining table.

Check all the building instructions on PrettyHandyGirl.com

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


22 Pallet wood star

Pallet wood star
Pallet wood star

A star will always be a star. No matter what kind of wood you use, it will look amazing on any of your home walls. This is a very beautiful creation with a nice stripe pattern as the background. This can be anything you want and you can even add some shelves inside to place some tiny objects. You can make multiple stars and fix them to the wall in a pattern. The combinations are limitless.

Please see all the instructions on how to build it at scavengerchic.com

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, ratchet wood clamps, Sander, table saw

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 1 – 2 hours


23. Hash shaped coat rack

Coat rack
Coat rack from Etsy

This hash shaped coat rack can be built by joining two pallet wood deck boards at an angle to two other pallet wood deck boards. You don’t need to dado to make space to insert the front decking boards into the back ones.

This coat rack is readily to buy from Etsy

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, cordless drill

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, screws

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


24 Rustic coat rack made from pallet wood

Rustic coat rack made from pallet wood
Rustic coat rack made from pallet wood

This rustic coat rack can be easily built using pallet wood. You will have to first start with the back frame using 4 thin strips of decking board. Once the frame is ready, fill it up with vertical strips of pallet wood. That will give you a flat surface that will go against the wall.

To make the shelf, you will first have to fix two triangular shelf supports to the back base and then fix a single shelf on the shelf support.

You can then fix coat rack hooks of your choice to the back base to look like the picture. There are a lot nice looking hooks available on Etsy at this link or from Amazon

This coat rack is also available at Etsy for purchase.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, cordless drill

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 2 – 3 hours


25 Storage shelf with hooks

Storage shelf with hooks
Storage shelf with hooks

This storage shelf is much simpler design wise but in order to create the wide back, you will have to join a couple of pallet wood deck boards side by side using glue.

Once you have the back, you can fix two shelf supports as shown in the picture and support the shelf on it. Make sure you fix the shelf supports using screws as they will support heavy loads.

Provide two holes at the back of the flat base to fix the shelf to the wall.

You can then fix coat rack hooks of your choice to the back base to look like the picture. There are a lot nice looking hooks available on Etsy at this link or from Amazon

This is available to purchase from Etsy using the following link

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


26 Pallet wood floating shoe rack

Pallet wood floating shoe rack
Pallet wood floating shoe rack

This floating shoe rack is a very ideal storage solution for your shoes and can be discretely fixed to the wall behind doors. Due to its very low depth, it acts as a great saver of space.

This shoe rack is almost the reverse of the floating shelf (25).

To build this, create the back of the shoe rack by joining a few pallet wood deck boards side by side using glue. This will give a wide surface. Fix two pallet wood sides to the surface and fix one pallet wood to the two front faces of the sides and one at the two bottom faces of the sides and you will have the floating shoe rack ready. You can keep the side straight or cut a curve using a jigsaw if you are comfortable with cutting curves.

This is available to purchase from Etsy at the following link

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, cordless drill

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, screws

Time taken to complete: 1 – 2 hours


27. Mountain shelf

Mountain shelf
Mountain shelf

This mountain shaped shelf is a very nice idea to utilise all the space a triangular shape can offer. It will look nice on a wall with some clouds as background.

This can be built using pallet wood as well quite easily. You will have to first build the two individual mountains. The small mountain is a simple triangle shape and instruction given in project 20 will work.

For the bigger mountain, you can build the triangle shape with the back frame and cut one corner parallel to the side opposite to the corner. This will help compliment the bigger mountain shape with the small mountain.

If you think this is too complicated or dont have the right tools, it would be easier to buy it from Etsy using this link.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, table saw

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 2-3 hours


28. Rustic walled pallet shelf

Rustic walled pallet shelf
Rustic walled pallet shelf

This rustic walled pallet shelf can be built in different shapes, sizes and configuration. To build this, you will have to make a wall using a number of pallet wood deck boards and join them side by side using glue or you can join them using another horizontal pallet wood strips. If you use pallet wood strips then the shelf wont go flush with the wall but is easier to build.

Make sure you arrange the deck boards so that the top and bottom edges form a nice random pattern.

Once the pallet wood wall is ready, you can add shelves using more pallet wood deck boards. Where you add shelves is up to you and what you plan to show case on those shelves. Make sure you join the shelves to the wall using screws.

This shelf is available to purchase from Etsy using the following link.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, cordless drill

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, screws

Time taken to complete: 2-3 hours


29. Rustic recycle bin using pallet wood

Rustic recycle bin using pallet wood
Rustic recycle bin using pallet wood from thinkingcloset.com

This is a very good example of how pallet wood can be used for a great cause. Here it has been used to build a recycle bin container.

This is quite a complex project with the usage of hinges and creation of doors but simple enough to be completed by beginners.

Please visit thinkingcloset.com to see detailed instructions on how this recycle bin was built.

Tools needed: Mitre saw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, cordless drill, reciprocating saw

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, hinges, screws

Time taken to complete: 3-4 hours


30. Pallet laundry basket

Pallet laundry basket

A laundry basket from pallet wood is a brilliant idea. Everyone needs a laundry basket and if you can make it yourself and use it daily, it is an amazing feeling. This is also a very subtle introduction to creating cabinets.

Please visit anna-while.com to see the detailed instructions on how to build this pallet wood laundry basket.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, cordless drill

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, screws

Time taken to complete: 3-4 hours


31. Transferring a map on wood pallet frame

Transferring a map on wood pallet frame from theidearoom.net

Although this project looks simple, the transfer of the map to the pallet wood frame makes this project complex. But if done correctly, this will turn out to become an amazing work of art. You can use this concept to transfer any other image on to the pallet wood frame.

Please visit theidearoom.net to view all the detailed instructions on how this project can be achieved.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 2-3 hours


32 Shabby and rustic pallet coat rack

Pallet coat rack
Shabby and rustic pallet coat rack from instructables.com

This rustic and shabby pallet coat rack is a very good example of beauty in imperfection. It has been put together using imperfect pieces of pallet wood to make a perfectly beautiful looking coat rack.

Please visit instructables.com to view the detailed instructions on building the beautiful coat rack.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, hooks, screws

Time taken to complete: 2-3 hours


33. Pallet dog bed

Pallet dog bed from youtube.com by modernrootsorg

There is no other project better than one that can be used by your loved ones and a dog bed made of pallet wood is one of them. This looks like a simple project but care must be taken thats its done correctly to avoid sharp edges and splinters as they can hurt a lot.

Visit youtube.com to see detailed instruction on how to build this pallet wood dog bed.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 3-4 hours


34. DIY pallet wine rack

DIY pallet wine rack
DIY pallet wine rack from virginiasweetpea.com

Ok now we are getting to into the more complex DIY projects and this pallet wine rack is one of them. It can hold wine bottles and you can also hang wine glasses. This is a very nicely made wine rack and can be put to daily use if you are a wine lover. This will act as a great gift for some one you love.

Visit virginiasweetpea.com to see the detailed instructions on how to build this wine rack.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, router, cordless drill

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, screws

Time taken to complete: 4-5 hours


35. Valentine heart from pallet wood

Valentine heart from pallet wood from scavengerchic.com

This is a very beautiful work of art from pallet wood and will act as a great gift to someone you love. With the nice pattern, the lettering and the staining of the wood, the valentine heart will look amazing on a wall.

Although this project looks simple, I think its difficult mainly because of the heart shape thats tricky to be cut using a jigsaw.

Visit scavengerchic.com to see detailed instructions on how to build this.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 1-2 hours


36. Nightstand made from pallet wood

Nightstand made from pallet wood
Nightstand made from pallet wood from instructables.com

This is a very interesting project and you are actually entering the world of creating bedroom furniture. This is a very good example of how pallet wood can be used to create useful home furniture.

Please visit instructables.com for detailed instructions on how this pallet wood nightstand can be built.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, cordless drill

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, screws

Time taken to complete: 4-5 hours


37. Shot glass and thimble display case from pallet wood

Shot glass and thimble display case from pallet wood
Shot glass and thimble display case from pallet wood from Etsy

If you want to create a display case for your miniature items, then this will be a very good start. Its a simple project yet elegant and help you display a large amount of shot classes or thimbles or both. You can place a lot of other small items in there.

Start creating the rectangular frame first. Build the top and bottom outer shelves and outer left and right shelves and glue them outside of the rectangular frame. This will give the outline as per the picture shown.

Build the inner right and left shelves. then build the top, bottom, left and right single shelves. And finally build the inner most top and bottom shelves and you will have the whole set up ready.

This will involve a lot of measurements and accurate cuts so plan and visualise your work before you start cutting the wood.

Visit Etsy to buy this beautiful display case if you think this is too difficult for a DIY project.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 4-5 hours


38. Pallet wood clock

Pallet wood clock
Pallet wood clock from Etsy

To build this pallet wood project, you will need a clock mechanism. Click below image to view some options

Clock mechanism
Clock mechanism

Start by joining some pallet wood deck boards side by side to form a square shape or any shape you want. Drill a hole at the centre to fix the clock mechanism. Screw the clock mechanism to the back of the square shape. Make sure the clock shaft moves freely without touching the wood as that will slow the clock down.

You can stain the wood or paint it as per your choice and then add numbers.

Visit Etsy to buy this wooden pallet wood clock.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 1-2 hours


39. Pallet wood menu holder

Pallet wood menu holder
Pallet wood menu holder Etsy

This pallet wood menu holder can be a little tricky to make as you have to cut one edge of the holder sides at an angle.

Take two pieces of pallet wood and cut one end at around 5 degrees based on how inclined you want the menu holder to be. Join the cut side to a flat pallet wood board to for the shape as shown in the picture. Make sure you stain or paint the deck boards before fixing them to the flat base.

Visit Etsy to buy this wooden pallet wood clock.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


40. Vintage photo frame

Vintage photo frame
Vintage photo frame from Etsy

For this pallet wood photo frame, you will need atleast a hand router to make the artistic internal edge. Apart from that you will have to rip cut a pallet wood deck board to a smaller width. Then cut the board at 45 degrees mitre and make 4 pieces and join them together with glue. The following type of clamp helps with glueing the frame ends tightly.

Photo Picture Woodworking Frame Band Strap Clamp Holder Miter Vise Ratchet Angle Corner Clamp Band Tool Clamp Splice for W...
Clamp frame

You can then paint the frame or stain it and once dry use a sander to give a rustic look.

Visit Etsy to buy this wooden pallet wood clock.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, band clamps, Sander, mitre saw, table saw

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


41. Pigeon hole shelf using pallet wood

Pigeon hole shelf using pallet wood
Pigeon hole shelf using pallet wood from Etsy

For this shelf type, start with building the pigeon holes using pallet wood deck boards. Leave some overhang at the bottom of the pigeon hole box. Now use some pallet wood decking boards to form a back surface of the pigeon hole and make sure it extends into the side overhang. Fix some coat hooks to the back surface of the overhang.

Fix an extended shelf on top of the pigeon holes.

Make sure you paint the wood before you start assembling them.

Visit Etsy to buy this wooden pallet wood clock.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 2-3 hours


42. Coat hook rack with shelf

Coat hook rack with shelf
Coat hook rack with shelf from Etsy

This coat rack with shelf can be built using pallet wood. You will have to start with building the support sides with the curve pattern. Use a jig saw or band saw to cut the shape.

Screw the sides to a horizontal shelf. Cover the area behind the sides with a pallet board and screw some coat hooks to it to complete the look.

Make sure you paint or stain the wood pieces before assembling them.

Visit Etsy to buy this wooden pallet wood clock.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 1-2 hours


43. Pallet wood letter rack

Wooden letter rack using pallet wood
Pallet wood letter rack from Etsy

This is a very simple letter rack that can be built by using a few pieces of pallet wood.Take three pieces of pallet wood and join to of them perpendicular to the third so that we get a u-shape. Then take another 3 pallet wood boards and fix one at the front and two at the back.

Stain or paint the boards to complete the look. Make two screw holes at the back in case you plan to hand the letter rack.

Visit Etsy to buy this wooden pallet wood clock.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 1-2 hours


44. Mobile phone desk stand

Mobile phone desk stand
Mobile phone desk stand from Etsy

This mobile desk stand will need you to dado the two wood pieces so that they can be slotted into each other to form the shape shown in the picture.

Take two pallet wood boards of equal length and join them together surface to surface using clamps. Mark where you want the two pieces to join together and using a table saw cut the slot through equal to half the width of the boards.

Separate the boards and join them by slotting them into each other and that should give you the needed shape.

Drill a couple of holes to pass the wire through.

Visit Etsy to buy this wooden pallet wood clock.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, table saw

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


45. Pallet wood side table

Pallet wood side table
Pallet wood side table from makingmanzanita.com

If you are looking at buying a side table, then why not try building one yourself. The one shown here is quite easy to build and you can use readily available pallet wood and try out your wood working skills.

Visit makingmanzanita.com to see detailed instructions on how to build this side table.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, cordless drill

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, screws

Time taken to complete: 3-4 hours


46. Pallet wood snowflakes

Pallet wood snowflakes from scavengerchic.com

The pallet wood snowflakes will act as very nice wall decorations for any of your home walls. You can build other patterns using the same concept.

Visit scavengerchic.com to see detailed instructions on how to build this project.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


47. Rustic pallet serving tray

Rustic pallet serving tray
Rustic pallet serving tray from prettyhandygirl.com

A flowery serving tray can be a great additional to your kitchen especially if it has been built by yourself using pallet wood. The one that I have shown here looks elegant mainly due to the nicely placed handles and the flowery edge patterns.

Visit prettyhandygirl.com to view detailed instructions on how to build this serving tray.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 1-2 hours


48. Elegant frame from pallet wood

Elegant frame from pallet wood
Elegant frame from pallet wood from diypete.com

This is a very rustic looking frame to show case some of your photos or any art work. It will look a standout piece on your walls.

Visit diypete.com to see detailed instructions on how to build this frame

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, cordless drill

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 1-2 hours


49. Rustic pallet wood bath cabinet

Rustic pallet wood bath cabinet by Steve Ramsey

I am a great fan of Steve Ramsey and have been watching his videos for a while and he has been a great inspiration for me to get into wood working.

Here is one of his creations using pallet wood.

Visit youtube.com to view this beautifully done bath cabinet using pallet wood by Steve Ramsey.

Tools needed: measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, table saw, mitre saw

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, hinges

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


50. Pallet wood rustic desk

Pallet wood rustic desk
Pallet wood rustic desk from Etsy

This is a more complicated project compared to the other projects in this list.

You will first have to create the sides and table top joining pallet wood side by side. Make sure you plain the pallet wood to make it flat.

Fix a corner block to the top of both the table sides using screws and screw the top to the sides into the corner blocks.

Using a sander, sand all the surfaces to remove any sharp edges and splinters. You can then use some wood stain to give it a good colour and then coat it with beeswax to make it durable.

Visit Etsy to buy the very nice hand made pallet wood desk

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, planer, cordless drill

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, screws

Time taken to complete: 10-15 hours


51 Pallet wood sofa

Pallet wood sofa from scraphacker.com

This is a very nice pallet wood sofa for indoor uses. You can colour it to your taste and place it in any room you like as its size is quite compact. Put some cushions on in to give it a great look and match with your existing interiors.

I did an outdoor pallet wood sofa which I am sure can be used for indoor uses as long as the wood is treated well.

Visit scraphacker.com to see all instructions on building this pallet wood sofa

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 5-4 hours


52. Pallet wood shoe rack and bench

Pallet wood shoe rack and bench from ndwdesign.wordpress.com

fIf you fancy doing a shoe rack yourself then this is a very good project to start with. It’s not very complicated nor its straightforward. Once done it will serve as a shoe rack and will have a shelf to decorate your entrance.

Visit ndwdesign.wordpress.com to view instructions on how to build this very nice shoe rack and bench combination.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: 4-5 hours


53 Pallet wood serving tray

Pallet wood serving tray
Pallet wood serving tray from iliketomakestuff.com

I love this serving tray mainly because of the curved handles which look amazing. This project will give you a good exposure to using a jigsaw or a bandsaw if you have one to create curved shapes.

Visit iliketomakestuff.com to view detailed instructions on how to build this serving tray.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue

Time taken to complete: less than an hour


54. Coffee table from pallet wood

Coffee table from pallet wood
Coffee table from pallet wood from instructables.com

This is another great example of using pallet wood to make useable furniture for indoors. It will look amazing in your living room and you can colour and stain it as per your wish to match your existing interiors.

Visit instructables.com to view detailed instructions on how to build this coffee table

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, mitre saw, table saw, cordless drill, planer

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, screws

Time taken to complete: 15-20 hours


55. Desk organiser

Desk organizer
Desk organiser from Etsy

Although this looks simple, its a complex project as it involves a lot of routing work. The one in the picture has been done using an automated wood CNC machine like the one below

Wood CNC machine
Wood CNC

You can do it without a CNC machine using a hand router similar to below

Hand held router
Hand router

To do this you will have to first print a template on a piece of paper and stick to the piece of wood. You will then have to use a hand router to remove wood as per the template. Once all the grooves have been routed, you can use a sander to sand and remove the paper stuck to this surface.

This will take some time to master as the hand router can be quite tricky to control.

You will have to cut the supports using a band saw as its quite an intricate shape. Alternatively you can just have a simple rectangular support.

Visit Etsy to buy this nice desk organiser

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, hand router, cordless drill, band saw

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, screws

Time taken to complete: 2-3 hours


56. Herringbone design coffee table

Herringbone design coffee table from themerrythought.com

It’s always been by interest to build a herringbone patterned piece of wood furniture and this project is a nice introduction to that pattern. Make sure you use different stain on the pallet wood so that the pattern looks nice.

Visit themerrythought.com to see all instructions on how to build this beautiful herringbone pattern coffee table.

Tools needed: Jigsaw, measuring tape, wood clamps, Sander, mitre saw, cordless drill

Materials needed: Pallet wood, glue, screws

Time taken to complete: 15-20 hours


I hope you enjoyed going through this pallet wood projects list as much as I enjoyed curating them. I will be trying out some of these projects myself and will upload the tutorials and instructions on how to do them here.

If you are getting into wood working and are trying to build a workshop, do visit my workshop ideas page for some tips to setup a small workshop correctly from day one.

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