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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-31-2014, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Pallet Wood Aquarium Top

Still in progress:

I spent some time making a writing desk out of pallets not too long ago. The things that people make with pallets are really creative. If the pallet wood is safe, it can make for great project wood as it can be had for free sometimes. Just takes some work.

This aquarium top will be for a 12 gallon long Mr Aqua. The legs of the pallet wood top are TBD, but I'm leaning towards an industral look of metal pipes and flanged mounts (pictures of ideas at the end).

Here's what I have so far:

Dissembling the pallet:

Sawzall with bi-metal blade to separate the planks. This seem to be the fastest for me and I enjoy the metal nail head in the planks look. Beating on planks with a hammer or using a crowbar can take time and risk splitting the wood:

Mock-up of reinforcements:

The top, pre-stain. Countersunk deck screws hold it together. Looking to fill in countersinks with a filler before stain to cover up the heads:

I must say that I'm not a skilled carpenter or woodworker. Just a guy trying to hack stuff together that I think looks cool. Nothing is true or square in relation to the wood. All I did was rip on a table saw, cut with a miter saw, and sanded from 60 to 220 grit.

The legs I'm leaning towards are:



I'll post up again once I figure out the stain and legs.

Thanks for looking,
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What saw did you use to cut in the photo of the "Mock-up of reinforcements"?

Not sure if you know what a "IPPC Logo" is, but those marked with HT are the ONLY types of pallets I will use.

Some pallet related links that may interest you....

Building An Outdoor Workbench - fast forward to 2:20 = notice how he uses a circular saw to make cuts.

Thanks for creating this thread & posting the photo with the sawzall. Reminds me I have some steel screws sticking out of the sidedoor I need to trim down, but couldn't remember which method would work best. Tried using a hammer to snap the tips, but doesn't work well when the nails are steel.

Here's another useful link to Heisz's channel showing you the simplest way to straighten a bent saw blade.
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Thanks for the reply.

For the reinforcements I used a family friend's sliding compound miter saw. Wasn't very clean cutting at all.

You really have to do your research on the pallets so you know you're not getting anything harmful especially if it's used for furniture or indoors; that's a good link.

One day I'll hone in on my woodworking skills as it is a hobby I'd like to get into.

The faster I get this stand done, the sooner I get the tank!
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