Pallet Wood Ideas

This Cubby Shelf Organiser was built completely using pallet wood and looks elegant after a layer of paint. This cubby shelf can be used to store letters, keys or decorative items and will look great on hallway walls.

The overall dimension of this cubby shelf is 32cm width, 32cm height and 16cm depth. This cubby shelf organiser can be built with different dimensions based on how you want to use it and what you want to store in it.

Cubby shelf organiser
Cubby shelf organiser

Cut pallet wood to from sides, top and shelves

I started with some pallet wood obviously and prepared the wood by planing and then using jointing using the table saw. This ensured the wood I am using has straight edges.

Start with pallet wood
Start with pallet wood

I started creating the two side walls by joining two pieces of pallet wood to form a single board. I glued them together and waited it to dry.

Cut boards to form sides, shelves and top
Cut boards to form sides, shelves and top

Draw a shape and cut the sides

Once the boards were dry I drew a shape free hand on the joined boards. You can come up with any shape you need based on the look you are after. Once the shape was ready on the board, I used by band saw to cut the correct shape. I used this as a reference to cut the same shape on the board of the remaining side.

Meanwhile, I joined 2 boards together to form the shelf. I made two of these to from the top and bottom shelf. I joined two more boards to form the top of the cubby shelf.

Cut the sides to the desired shape
Cut the sides to the desired shape

Align the sides, top and shelves

Once the boards were dried and ready, I aligned them as below to make sure they align correctly.

Align sides and shelves
Align sides and shelves

I aligned them and checked how they would look once glued up just to make sure its as per my expectation. As expected, the alignment looks great as shown below.

Align sides and shelves
Align sides and shelves
Check alignment before glue-up
Check alignment before glue-up

Next I created the shelf and glued the top and bottom shelf with a separator as shown below. You can change this configuration based on your requirements. I divided the space equally using the separator. I glued the shelves with the separator and left them to dry.

Join shelves with a separator
Join shelves with a separator

Glue up

I joined the dried up shelves to the sides of the cubby shelf. Then I used a router to create a decorative edge for the cubby shelf top. I decorated only the front, left and right sides and left the back of the top board flat.

Glue the shelves to the side and the top
Glue the shelves to the side and the top
Glue the shelves to the side and the top
Glue the shelves to the side and the top
Clamp all the parts and leave to dry
Clamp all the parts and leave to dry

I glued the shelves and the sides together and clamped them and left them to dry. I clamped the top as well to the shelf at the same time so that the whole frame would be ready together.

Attach hooks

Then I used some old Ikea hooks, cut them to the desired width and screwed them to a pallet board as shown below to form the hooks rack.

I then fixed the hooks along with the board to the back of the cubby shelf so that the bottom of the hooks board aligns with the bottom of the two sides of the cubby shelf.

Fix Ikea hooks to board
Fix Ikea hooks to board
Cut hooks to desired width
Cut hooks to desired width

I sanded the glued up cubby shelf and applied a coat of wood paint after sanding all the surfaces. I chose a lawn green colour as it looks really vibrant especially in the hallway.

Completed Cubby shelf after a lick of paint
Completed Cubby shelf after a lick of paint

Check out my youtube video below to see how I built this cubby shelf organizer using pallet wood.

How to build a Cubby shelf organiser from pallet wood.

For more inspirations and ideas, have a look at the indoor projects that can be done using pallet wood.

56 easy pallet wood projects for indoor spaces

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