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CRATES AND RECLAIMED PALLET BOOKSHELF

You guys. I’ve had ants in my pants doing the pee pee dance waiting for the day I could finally share the
building plans and tutorial for this DIY rustic pallet bookshelf with you! Don’t look now, but I’m totally
raising the roof (not literally).
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I teamed up with Crates & Pallet to bring you the tutorial and free building plans for this DIY rustic pallet
bookshelf. I designed the bookshelf to accommodate Crates & Pallet’s pre-made Large and Extra Large
crates. And did you know you can order reclaimed pallets from them too? They’re heat-treated and
sterilized and are available either fully constructed or broken down. For this project, I ordered about 4
bundles of reclaimed pallet parts.
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I used 2x10s and 2x4s for the construction of this bookshelf, then used the pallet wood to ‘wrap’ the
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bookshelf to get that reclaimed, rustic look. Dude. This thing is solid and sturdy. I’d recommend
anchoring it to the wall because you do not want this beast toppling over on you.

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Alright. So let’s get building!

TOOLS:

• Tape Measure
• Speed Square
• Pencil
• Drill with Countersink Drill Bit
• Circular Saw
• Pocket Hole Jig
• Hammer or Brad Nailer
• Safety Glasses
• Hearing Protection

MATERIALS:

• (6) 2 x 4 x 8 Ft. Boards


• (6) 2 x 10 x 8 Ft. Boards
• (4) Bundles of Reclaimed Pallet Parts
• (2) Large Crates
• (2) Extra Large Crates
• 2 1/2-inch Pocket Hole Screws
• 2 1/2-inch Wood Screws
• 1 1/4-inch Brad Nails
• Wood Glue

After cutting all of my boards, I joined the 2x10s and 2x4s with pocket hole joinery. Here are the sides and
shelves:
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Next, you just build the box. Watson loves to be in the middle of everything. #shopdog
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To make building easier and more efficient, I cut scrap pieces of wood to serve as spacers so that the
shelves were evenly spaced and level.
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Then I periodically dry-fitted the crates to make sure they fit nicely.

I used a square and a level to make sure the shelf dividers were… well, square and level. Duh.
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Now that the ‘skeleton’ is built, we can dress it up with some reclaimed pallet wood.

By the way, is this kid not the most adorable photo-bomber ever? What a stinker.
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And I would like to call your attention to my son’s Batman cape and necktie. Because superheroes must
also be gentlemen.
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I used wood glue and my cordless brad nailer to attach the pallet wood to the bookshelf. I cut and ripped
the pallet wood at random lengths and staggered the boards.
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Here’s the completed bookshelf:


And now it’s time to decorate! My second favorite thing next to building.
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For the face frame, I simply cut and ripped pallet boards to size, then glued and nailed them on.
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I love how much texture and interest this bookshelf adds to a space. Look at that pretty pallet wood. And I
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don’t have to worry about questionably toxic chemicals or critters in the reclaimed wood because the
pallets are heat-treated and sterilized.

PSA: You guys. Stop digging pallets out of the dumpster – you don’t know where that stuff has been! I
cringe at all the pallet wood projects on Pinterest where the builder doesn’t take necessary precautions.
People are all, “hey, I’m going to build my dining table out of all this free pallet wood I found on the
curb!” Then they take that stuff into their homes and eat off of it. Or worse, they build their baby’s crib out
of it. Ew.

For the love of all that’s holy…

Please.
DON’T.
Sorry, that sounded a bit self-righteous, right? Look, I’m all for “liberty and justice for all” and I’m
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certainly not trying to tell you how to live your life – I just thought it was worth mentioning. I mean, more
power to you if you want your kid to grow an extra eyeball from chewing on your radioactive baby death
trap.
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*steps off soapbox (which I built out of reclaimed pallet parts).


Oh, and here’s a small tip: when building the ‘skeleton’, make sure the pocket holes are facing toward the
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outside because the pallet wood will cover them up. Also, countersink your screw heads so that the pallet
boards will sit flush to the surface.

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I love how versatile this bookshelf is – even though the shelves and dividers are fixed, you can choose to
use the crates or not and get a whole different look by doing so.
What do you think? Want to build one for your own home?
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Be sure to download the PDF plans.
Thanks for reading, friends! Good luck and happy building!

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*This post contains affiliate links. To read my full disclosure policy, please click here. A huge THANK YOU! goes to
Crates & Pallet for sponsoring this post. All efforts, opinions, and adorable photo-bombers are my own.
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COMMENTS

Corey says

July 6, 2016 at 5:15 pm

Your “pallet soapbox”. Haha. Preach! Love it.

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Laurajj says
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July 10, 2016 at 7:56 pm

Oh I love your bookshelf! So unique!

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Kimber says

July 17, 2016 at 8:58 am

As long as you look at the code and make sure it says HT, meaning it has been heat
treated already, then you can use them. If you see one with MB-do not use. Reclaimed pallets
are expensive.

Just thought I would pass along the info!

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Jen says

July 17, 2016 at 9:26 am

Thanks for the tip, Kimber!

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Kimber says

July 17, 2016 at 2:29 pm

You are welcome!

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Mama Rose says

September 29, 2018 at 2:48 am

Thanks. The whole reason for DIY. is to save money. I love to trash pick.
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Elizabeth Phillips says

July 31, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Great information about pre-made pallats that are heat-treated and sterilized. I also
cringe when I think about pallat furniture from the dumpster.

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Matt @ Sprinkles and Sawdust says

August 28, 2016 at 9:11 pm

I love this plan – the construction style of the shelf itself lends itself to a bunch of
different looks. You could just as easily use this plan with a nice hardwood (or even pine if
you’re on a budget!) and stain and finish it – would make a great classic style piece! Definitely
going to put this one in my plan book – thank you.

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mike says

December 2, 2017 at 1:55 pm

so where do I find these reclaimed pallets that are heat-treated and sterilized.

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Joey says

January 21, 2018 at 11:26 am

I wish you made these and sold them I want one but I don’t have the time to make
one. so cute!

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Robert says

June 4, 2018 at 9:36 am


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Hi
Like the plan.
Is there a reason you chose 2*10 and 2*4 versus just using 2×12’s?

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Haley says

January 19, 2019 at 1:04 pm

What are the dimensions of the shelf you built?

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Jen says

January 21, 2019 at 1:06 pm

Hi Haley! All of the dimensions and measurements are in the plans.

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