I thought I would share the steps I use to getting my pallet ready for artwork.

  • Have hubby take pallet apart
  • Inspect boards for cracks and nails that might need to come out.  If the cracks are on the ends of the board you can saw off and discard that piece or if you want to keep it for that rustic look but aren’t sure it will stand up you can glue and clamp it.  Just some ordinary wood glue is best.
  • Sand the board with 60 or 80 grit both sides and areas where you see fine splinters. I give the edges a quick sand too and sometimes round the corners a bit.
  • If I’m using a stain I gather as many boards as will fit on my saw horses and stain them.  Sometimes I stain both sides because the grain of the wood is unique and I’m not sure which side I will use.
  • Once stain is dry I pick out my boards and place them where I think they look best.  I used the same boards as in my previous post under Stain and Paint Methods.  If they are not the same length I will trim the boards or leave as is.
  • Now I turn my boards over and get my cross pieces ready to screw onto the boards.  This is where I’ve made a few mistakes because I was trying to cut corners.  I usually need to mill my cross pieces from part of the pallet unless I have some pieces left over that will do the trick.  You don’t have to be exact here it’s the back and is just to keep your boards together.  However, it is one of the most important steps.  You want your boards secure, hence my title “do the glue”.
  • Get your tools and supplies ready.  You will need glue, a rag,(the rag is for wiping off your glue bottle and drill bit), wood screws, a drill bit for pilot holes and a screw driver or a drill attachment for drilling your wood screws on.
  • Place the cross pieces about a third of the way in from the end of the boards.  I usually eyeball it, (my hubby rolls his eyes when I tell him I didn’t measure).  Now get your Elmer’s wood glue, or what ever brand you like, and put a thin squiggly line down one of your cross pieces.  Turn it over and press onto the back of your boards.  Drill a pilot hole, they should be a smaller diameter than the wood screws you’ll use.   I found the best way is to drill a pilot hole on the top and screw in my screw, the next pilot hole will be at the bottom and then work into the middle.   Once done do your next cross piece the same way.  If you feel your boards are not quit as secure as you would like add more cross pieces.
  • Below on the left I didn’t drill my pilot holes.  You can see that I split my wood.  Also I used my little drill to screw in and sometimes a screw driver is best because it doesn’t apply as much torque. Pallet
  • Pallet step 2 I used 10 X 1 wood screws for this project. I prepared two projects, here is my pallet ready for my artwork.
  • Pallet front

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