Wooden Pallet Shelf Plans [DIY Project]

DIY Pallet wood shelf

Recently I have been furnishing my home office. Since we moved into our new house we have been using this room for storage. So there is a lot of random stuff and boxes just lying around and no decent way to organize them. To solve this problem I decided to make a shelf out of reclaimed shipping pallets. I got these near a local store where they had been discarded and lying outside.

After dismantling, getting out all nail heads and cleaning up the pallet wood, I was left with a bunch of 1”x3” planks that were 3’ long. The design for this shelf was based on these planks, thus the height and length of the pallet shelf is 3’. You can adjust the dimensions for any size pallet wood you may have, just follow the basic design diagram.

Bellow, you can find the pallet shelf plans and the step-by-step instructions to build one.

Materials Needed

  • 29 Pallet 1”x3” planks
  • Wood stain
  • Nails

Tools used

  • Hand saw or circular saw
  • Hammer
  • Orbital sander

Wooden Pallet Shelf Build

Pallet shelf parts

Step 1: Cut the planks to length

  • A – 22 pieces of 1×3” planks 3’ long – side and shelf pieces
  • B – 10 pieces of 1×3” planks 1’ long – supports for shelves
  • C – 3 pieces of 1×3” planks 2’ 7” long – back frame parts

Step 2: Assemble shelves

Shelf dimensions Place 4 planks on top of the support pieces and attach them.

Step 3: Assemble sides

Side dimensions You can use the already assembled shelves for top spacing.

Step 4: Attach the shelves to sides

Shelves attached to sides

Put the side pieces on top of the side supports and attach them with nails.

Step 5: Put on the back pieces

Shelf back frame Attach the back supporting pieces for a stronger construction.

Step 6: Apply wood finish

Smooth the edges with 120-150 grit sandpaper and apply a wood finish of your choosing

I hope you enjoyed this pallet shelf DIY project. Check out other tutorials or project ideas here at unFRAMED Workshop.

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