After completing the Front Porch, I took a little break from “the house” and worked on a couple of “fun” items
A toy box for my grandson!
A little over a year ago, we decided to have a large celebration here for my father in law’s 80th Birthday, we needed more seating and who doesn’t need more storage?
I did a little research on line on how to build an outdoor storage bench,
gathered some materials and built this! I didn’t want Gary to help me, I wanted to do this on my own, just to see if I could.
This gave me the confidence that I could and would like to build more items in the future.
Yes, that’s a chicken,Ruby, our pet Chicken,you can see more of our pets here.
When my daughter told me she needed a toy box for my grandson, and we had just scored over 100 free pallets,
So this is what I came up with;
First, I had to choose and disassemble some pallets for the project. Pallets come in many different sizes.
In my mind I knew I wanted it to be about 3′ wide by 18″deep and about 18″ tall
I chose some that were 34 inches long and 3 inches wide to use for the body of the box, and for the bottom, I chose the 5 inch wide boards
then the fun began (hehehe…)
There is definitely a technique to removing these suckers!
I placed one foot onto the pallet for leverage, placed the 90 degree angle end of the prybar between the board and the base frame, directing the v-shaped opening on the prybar, towards the nail, hit the backside of the bar with the hammer a few times and cracked a board (crap) tried another and crap*##!
Once I had the board loose without cracking it and the nail partially removed, I was able to pry the nails out.
These were not meant to come apart easily, if you try this, be sure to wear heavy gloves and safety glasses, after you crack a few boards you will get the hang of it.
You have to be gentle yet forceful, prying a little at a time
Don’t give up, you can do it!
Once I succeeded removing all the boards, I had to remove the remaining nails, for this I flipped the board over and rested it on another then pound the nail with the hammer, flip back over and pry it out. The “pro” here? “Free” wood that looks cool but, as they say, nothing is really free, the “con”. You do have to work for it!
You have to decide if “the look” is worth it to you.
After I had enough boards, I then had to cut them to size, using the miter saw and the table saw.
I crosscut the 34″ pieces in half to use for the sides and the bottom.
I ripped some of the 2×4 frame pieces in half (lengthwise cut) to use for the bracing and then sanded everything really smooth.
I decided to glue and staple it together
OOPs! the glue got a little carried away, I was taking the picture with my left hand at the same time (blogger trick I have yet to master..)
I don’t know if this is how a “professional” would have assembled this thing, I am no professional, this is not fine furniture either so please don’t criticize me 😉
I’m just a girl with and idea and a lotta determination.
If you decide to attempt this, keep in mind that this is pallet wood, it varies in size so it won’t be perfect, its not meant to be!
It’s ok to eyeball things and figure it out as you go (no drawing or plans)
While I was assembling the front, I thought it would be neat to some how incorporate the piece that had the fork openings,
but the piece was totally the wrong size, so I decided to trace the pattern out on the top front board and cut it out before attaching.
(thinking this would give the little guy better access to his toys)
Guess I got caught up in the moment, trying to beat the rain and get r done.
So he took over and finished the cut outs for me ( thank you, sweetie) 😉
I sanded the cut outs and the whole thing , one extra time (don’t want any splinters) I added some castors and voila!
I know this looks a little crocked, its our saw horses sitting on unlevel ground.
We don’t have a garage or workshop, most of our work gets done this way…
Next I stenciled and picked a finish from our ” leftovers stock”, over the years of working on this old house, we could open our own mini version of a home depot,
when you live out here and there is a hour and a half round trip to the nearest home depot, you learn to buy extra or work with what you have.
I went with the golden pecan, it was too light, so I went over it with the antique brown and finished with tung oil
Even though the box rolls around easily, grandpa thought I should have cut handles on the sides to pick it up as well, too late for that!
I had some nickel plated drawer pulls in our “leftovers stock” but decided they weren’t rustic looking enough, checked the stock room again, and cool,
So, what do you think?
Soon I’ll show you what Gary did with his break time….then “to do” list progress…
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