Make an Easy Rustic Storage Chest Out of Pallet Wood

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If you’re like me and are always looking for storage space, this is the project for you!!!

Back when I was doing daycare I needed a large¬†toy box, so in one afternoon I whipped up this awesome, rustic-looking¬†chest out of some old pallets I had sitting outside.¬† The chest served¬†it’s toy box¬†purpose WELL along¬†with being a¬†great box to hide kids in…Ehemmm, for hide and seek of¬†course!¬† ūüėČ

Since then my¬†rustic little¬†BIG¬†chest has given up it’s toy box days, and now serves as a storage box for¬†all of my comforters and blankets.¬† I can still think of a hundred other things that need to be stored, Hmmm…I’m¬†thinking about making a second one!¬†ūüėÄ

It will blow your mind on how easy this was to make, just cut the wood pieces and screw them all  together!

Here’s how I made it…

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Supplies:

  • 19¬†1x4s¬†at 3ft 3in long (front, back, top)
  • 20¬†1x4s at 1ft 9in long¬† (sides, braces for front and sides)
  • 4 1x6s at 3ft 1 1/2in long (bottom)
  • 2 1x4s¬†OR 1x6s at 1ft¬†10 1/2in (bottom braces)
  • 3 1x4s at 1ft 11in angled at 45degrees¬†on one end (top braces)
  • 2 rustic-looking hinges (for attaching lid)
  • 4 roller wheels to attach to bottom of chest
  • box of 1 1/4in wood screws
  • box of 2 1/2in wood screws

Tools:

  • Chop saw
  • Hand drill with bits
  • Sander

First I cut all the¬†wood and lightly sanded down any pieces that¬†would give splinters…but don’t sand too much or you will lose that really cool old¬†‘rustic’ color

I actually ran out of old pallet wood halfway through this project and had to go buy new 1x4s.¬† Problem was, the new wood didn’t match with the old wood¬† ūüôĀ …until I remembered¬†I had done¬†a post recently about transforming¬†new wood to look old, problem solved!¬† See it HERE.

I built the sides first

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Using the 1 1/4in wood screws, screw each side together using eight of the 1ft 9in 1x4s

Don’t worry about the heads of the screws showing…it’s SUPPOSED to look rustic, remember?

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Now for the front and back

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Screw together¬†six of the 3ft 3in 1×4 pieces¬†and¬†two of the 1ft 9in 1x4s¬†to make¬†each¬†front and back side

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Now for the top

Truth is, I actually cut the three top braces too short (Oops) so I improvised and cut the ends at at 45 degree angle…it turned out looking really good!

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Angling the top braces at 45 degrees

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Screw the three¬†1ft 11in angled 1×4 braces together with the seven 3ft 3in long 1x4s, centering the middle brace

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Now for the bottom

Evenly space out the four 3ft 1 1/2in 1x6s apart and then screw together with the two 1ft 10 1/2in braces

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Assembly:

Sides are ‘sandwiched’ in or fit in-between the front and back panel, then screwed together with 2 1/2in wood screws

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Decide which part of your frame will be the bottom, then center bottom panel onto frame.  Screw together

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Attach wheels to each bottom corner

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Flip frame right side up,  center the top, and attach with your hinges

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Finished!!! Looking awesome and ready to store all sorts of things!!

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6 Responses to Make an Easy Rustic Storage Chest Out of Pallet Wood

  1. Zephyr Hill says:

    Really nice! Those were some nice quality pallets. So many of the ones we get around here are broken or cracked.

    • Tee says:

      I had the same trouble and actually ran out of old wood halfway through the project, so I had to buy new wood. Problem was, the new planks didn’t match the old ones so I stained the new wood with my trusty ‘old wood stain’ out of vinegar and steel wool. It all matches now! ūüėČ

  2. Audrey Crandall says:

    I like these storage boxes. They are made out of scrap pallets but really look good in the rustic finish

  3. jamie says:

    Hi. Great storage chest. How many pallets did you use?

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