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Steamer chests from recycled pallets
BY: Don Uzar
LOCATION: Phenix City, AL
Here are some steamer chests I've made from recycled pallet materials. I like making chests and have done about eight so far. Every creation is different from the last one.
Instead of following a plan, my creations are all based on whatever the material allows me to make. I use what I can and save the remainder for a rainy day project.
Most of the materials I use are red and white oak, although I do have to settle for other woods--poplar, etc.--on occasion. Clearing the wood of all foreign matter--nails, etc.--is done long before the first cut is made.
I try to keep my eyes open for any and all likely locations for used pallets. I've found that tile stores and outlets make the best material "donations" as they use a lot of hardwood palleting due to the weight of the tiles. Dealing with hardwood pallets is no treat though; it's a lot of effort for the return.
It took me about 14 hours to bring this solid oak creation to life. I finished it with a good tung-oil-fortified dark oak stain.
The piece at left is oak parquetry, designed as it evolved, all cut and fastened out in the yard....Don Uzar
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