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Break Time! ya gotta take a break from the “to do” list….

Toybox made from pallets via GlassSlipperRestorations.com

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.

outdoor storage bench made from deck boards via glassslipperrestorations.com

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,

pallets via glassslipperrestorations.com I became excited about building one for him using these 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…)

my first pallet project

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.

cutting wood for toybox via glassslipperrestorations.com Next, I assembled the pieces

pallet wood ready to assemble via glassslipperrestorations.com

I decided to glue and staple it together

glueing and stapleing wood via glassslipperrestorations.com

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)

toybox assembly made from pallets via glassslipperrestorations.com I assembled the bottom, then flipped it over and added corner braces, next the sides, and then the back.

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)

cutting fork access via glassslipperrestorations.com After I drilled the holes, grandpa Gary, caught me using the jigsaw, yep, on the ground, as a workbench (what was I thinking?)

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!

box assembly completed via glassslipperrestorations.com

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.

stenciling toybox via glassslipperrestorations.com

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,

I found some antique bronze spray paint so I painted them and installed them on the sides. Toybox made from pallets via GlassSlipperRestorations.com

So, what do you think?

Soon I’ll show you what Gary did with his break time….then “to do” list progress…

Linking up with these awesome parties;

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  • Judy July 17, 2013, 10:41 pm

    Cindy, I am impressed with Devin’s toy box. Thanks for the tutorial on taking apart a pallet — needed that info. And you did it all wearing a white shirt!

    • Cindy July 18, 2013, 9:30 am

      Hi Judy, thanks, glad I could help, hope to see your awesome pallet project!

  • The Questionable Homesteader July 18, 2013, 9:58 pm

    I love the toy box Cindy! looks great thanks for sharing

    • Cindy July 19, 2013, 12:46 pm

      Thank you, Ricki, visited your blog, Love the welcome sign! Good luck with your homesteading dream!

  • Kim July 20, 2013, 7:17 am

    Wow! You are one talented grandma! Professional or not, it looks pretty perfect to me! 🙂

    • Cindy July 20, 2013, 8:46 am

      Thanks Kim, Love the look of your site, looks like we started around the same time, following on FB

  • Shelly minettesmaze.blogspot.com/ July 21, 2013, 8:53 pm

    This turned out GREAT!! And OH do I know the “work” it takes to take pallets apart! WHEW makes me exhausted just thinking about it! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase! I’ll be pinning this to our show off board!!


    • Cindy July 22, 2013, 4:53 pm

      Hi Shelly, Thanks so much, I’m following all of you sweet ladies on pinterest!

  • Deborah July 23, 2013, 9:49 am

    Nice job Cindy! It is so cool to be able to say, “I did it myself.” Isn’t it empowering? Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


    • Cindy July 23, 2013, 8:35 pm

      Thanks Deborah,Yes it feels great! Just shared our incomplete Home Tour, thanks for hosting, have a great week!

  • Paula July 24, 2013, 11:15 am

    Oh Wow Cindy this is brilliant. I love Devin’s box! This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us today!


    • Cindy July 24, 2013, 2:23 pm

      Hi Paula, thanks for inviting me to your party! Love that you shared your vintage toys with your children and thanks for hosting, following as well.

  • yurrabazain July 26, 2013, 1:33 pm

    This looks great! Congratulations on building it yourself (and scoring 100 freeee pallets to boot!)

    • Cindy August 15, 2013, 10:18 pm

      Thanks so much, feeling pretty lucky to get all the pallets, can’t wait to build more! thanks for visiting! 😉

  • Christine July 26, 2013, 2:09 pm

    I’m in LOVE!!! The box is amazing Cindy!

  • Gail (@repurposedlife) July 30, 2013, 2:10 pm

    so very cute! LOVING all those pallets!
    catching you!

    • Cindy July 30, 2013, 4:29 pm

      Thanks Gail, Wow, thanks for featuring my Toybox, see ya Thursday! Have a great week!

  • Brenda Young August 8, 2013, 1:37 pm

    Wow, this came out great! I really need to get my hands on some pallets!
    popped by via Saturday Sparkels…. following

    • Cindy August 15, 2013, 9:50 pm

      Hello Brenda, thanks, be sure to look for the HT stamped on the pallets,stands for Heat Treated, be safe, thanks for following!

  • Wendy Smith August 13, 2013, 12:03 am

    I love the toy box Cindy!!! You are so creative! We need to get together soon. I will plan a family get together for the fall, but we should do something in Sept; the 3rd Sat for Market Days here in Blanco!

    • Cindy August 15, 2013, 9:10 pm

      Thanks Wendy, sounds like fun, see you soon!

  • Kathleen August 22, 2013, 2:39 pm

    Fantastic job! I love it. I need to make a smaller version for my dogs toys. Thanks for the tute on taking the pallets apart. I usually cut mine on the ends and sawzall the middle nails.

    • Cindy August 22, 2013, 3:45 pm

      Thanks Kathleen, your very welcome! Sounds like a fun project!

  • Kathryn September 23, 2013, 8:59 pm

    This is so cute! Nice work! I also love the outdoor bench you made. I wish I had that many pallets!

    • Cindy September 24, 2013, 11:16 am

      Thanks Kathryn, we really lucked out with the pallets, a local place in town is always giving them away! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Marty@A Stroll Thru Life February 4, 2014, 7:56 am

    Love it and love the wheels too. Great project. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    • Cindy February 5, 2014, 7:54 am

      So glad Marty, thanks for stoping by, enjoy sharing at your parties! 😉

  • Karen February 6, 2014, 8:42 am

    Thank you so much for linking up at Redoux. I am sharing this project today!

    • Cindy February 6, 2014, 1:02 pm

      Cool Karen, Thanks so much, I will check it out!

  • Becky April 7, 2014, 12:00 pm

    Love it and sharing on Facebook today. Thanks for linking up!

    • Cindy April 7, 2014, 5:40 pm

      Thanks Becky, that’s great for you to share, and thanks for having me. Wonderful party going on, very inspiring! Cindy

  • Lori March 15, 2015, 4:06 pm

    I really love the toy box and I like your determination because I’m exactly like that too! I’ll be visiting your site often!!!

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