Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pallet Trays

We had a few pallets left in the garage from last summer. I mentioned to Rob that it may be time to find them a new home or put them on Free-cycle.  However, upon returning from Lucketts he decided to start taking them apart and making something new with them.  He decided to make some pallet trays.  Here is what he came up with:

Rob took apart the pallets very carefully.  I used a reciprocating saw to cut the boards off the pallet.  Then he sanded the pieces down with 80 grit and 220 grit sandpaper. Then he cut the boards to the desired size. He stained the brown tray with Cabot's pecan stain and the gray tray with Rustoleum's Sun Bleached Stain.  He also used a 1/2' router bit to create a channel for the bottom boards to sit in. He then used Danish Oil to finish off the stain.

I then found two belts in my "I haven't worn in years" section of my closet. I gave them to Rob and he cut them down to fit handles on the sides.  He attached the belts using roofing nails. See the belts below. I was inspired by this idea by Sawdust Girl as she used belts for her drawer pulls in her garage.

 Here are the belts before they were sacrificed for this project. I think they were last worn in 2004.

Here is another look at the trays. We are going to use them for the deck this summer to hold drinks or flowers. 




Total cost for these two trays was around $3.00. We had free pallets, belts already around the house and purchased one of the stains in a small container.

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39 comments:

  1. Now you are just teasing me with more pallet projects! I absolutely love these and the belts are an awesome idea. I have never heard of the sunbleached stain. Is it readily available at the Depot etc?

    Kim@reposhture

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  2. love these! love the rustic look and love the handles!

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  3. Sounds like Rob was inspired by his trip to Lucketts! What cool rustic trays and the handles are genius! I especially love the gray color! Again, so thrifty - you guys are good!

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  4. oh that's brilliant, I really think you could sell these they're amazing and I love the belt!

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  5. those handles are amazing!!! great work :)

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  6. OMG i love them. you guys did such an amazing job!!!!!! sharing on FB now and pinning!

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  7. Great idea! Hubby has tons of pallets at work...hmmm! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. These are very cool, I love making goodies out of pallets.

    Lisa

    Creative Raisins

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  9. I seriously love these. Great job, guys!!

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  10. This is a right down my alley project! I love the handles and the finishes you used.

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  11. Finally, another pallet project. I've missed your pallet projects. This one turned out great. I love it as a tray. I am impressed you used a power tool yourself and I love that you donate some of your old belts to the projects. I can't wait to see them filled :)

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  12. Love these! Great use of leftover pallets!

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  13. Well done! I hope you'll consider linking up to our upcycled linky party going on right now at http://love2upcycle.blogspot.com/2013/06/upcycled-linky-party-10.html

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  14. I LOVE these!!! Thanks for sharing!~Tammy

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  15. Those are so cool! I have to find some pallets!

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  16. Love the trays and the belt idea is awesome!!

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  17. These are great! I have lots of pallet projects planned once I find some!
    I'm visiting you today from Skip to my Lou. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I'd love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

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  18. I love the look of these! You can't go wrong with pallets!

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  19. I love your pallet trays! great idea! :-)
    stopping by from Dream to reality party! :-)
    Ingrid

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  20. Absolutely love them! I've been dieing to get a tray for my coffee table, but have been too cheap. This...I have everything on hand for!

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  21. cute! sorry it took so long for me to stop over and share! we've been crazy busy around here lately!

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  22. Oh wow! These are really clever! I love them! I would love it if you would link them up at Party In Polka Dots! Hope to see you there!

    http://www.piggyinpolkadots.com/2013/06/party-in-polka-dots-linky-25-sweet.html

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  23. Love these...especially using the belts for handles, clever girl!

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  24. Love, love, love, these! You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. See you tomorrow at the party. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  25. GENIUS Megan! LOVE how they turned out!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream to Reality! Looking forward to seeing what you have been up to tomorrow evening!

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  26. These are so cool. Guess what I'll be making this week ;) Like you I have all the materials required and these would be fabulous as garden helpers. May have to make a few for the house too, thanks for sharing!

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  27. visiting from Make it pretty monday. These are amazing. I might have to find some pallets to do this!!!

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  28. CONGRATS!!
    You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer! YAY! Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it!
    http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/rustic-features-70/

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  29. This is SO great and timely! I have an old table that I need to remove the top and wanted some kind of 'drawer' to put on top. I have old fence boards I can use and I LOVE the idea of using the old belt for the handle!

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  30. Congrats on getting these featured on Eliz. and Co. this week!

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  31. So doing this for my storage for my craft room. So awesome Megan!

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  32. Love these! Great project - hopefully no slivers...lol

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  33. These are amazing! I love the belt detail.

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  34. Love this! I need to get my carpenter husband to make these - I already have pallets!

    I hope you'll link up >> http://www.dagmarbleasdale.com/2013/09/thrifty-vintage-finds-link-party-9/

    Dagmar
    Dagmar's Home

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  35. Awesome trays! I really like how you used part of the leather belt for a handles. Y'all did a awesome job. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. SO cute! I've seen similar looking trays even in resales shops for $15-$20. Can't believe these are so easy to make! Love them!

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    1. These are fantastic! Using old belts as handles is ingenious...might have to borrow that idea! Thanks for sharing at our Get Your DIY on Fall Party Challenge! I hope you can party with us again this Sunday at 7:00 EST. Our theme is spray paint projects! Hope to see you there! XO

      p.s. had to delete my first comment because I gave you the wrong theme...must've been the excitement over your cute trays!! :)

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