Finished pallet tray with candles

DIY Projects: Pallet Tray

I made this tray from pallet wood from used wood pallets I harvested. It took about 3 days.

Day 1:

  • Disassembled 1 pallet. Used Ryobi 18V OnePlus (One+) cordless power tools. I love those Ryobi’s. These aren’t even the brushless ones, but with the 4HP battery they are sufficient for the job.
  • Glued the pallet planks together (with wood glue) and clamped down to my Worx collapsible workbench.

Day 2:

  • This was done in an hour or so before I had to be at work.
  • Sanded glued boards.
  • Began rounding corners and softening edges with belt sander.
  • Cut two 1-inch strips of pallet wood and glued to top as edges and handles. I would not have connected these, except that they were needed to give the glued planks stability. Nailed strips to base with Ryobi cordless nailgun.

Day 3:

  • Brad nails were too long so I used wire cutters to snip most of the excess, then used rasps and files to grind away and file flush the rest of the nails.
  • Continued sanding the entire tray with Ryobi tools (Random orbital sander and Multi-tool with triangle sander bit.
  • Finished rounding edges and smoothing corners.
  • Oiled entire surface with paper towels and mineral oil.

Below are some photos of this project:

Date Published: 2021-06-13
Date Updated: 2022-09-06

Eric Hepperle

Eric loves to write code, play guitar, and help businesses solve challenges with code and design.
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