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Old 03-14-2015, 06:55 PM   #1
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Crates for kitchen area

So I'm interested in making the interior as rustic and odd as I can, with that I came up with a cool idea I saw a friend do when he made a bar from old shipping crates. The basic Idea would be to make the kitchen worksurface area such as kitchen sink etc drilled into shipping crates that are attached to the floor.

Has anyone got any advice or experience or is this just plain to silly??
Something like this but turned on it's side.

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Old 03-14-2015, 09:14 PM   #2
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I really like it! Great idea!
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:57 PM   #3
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Great idea. I used old barn wood to get that look. Yours won't smell like a 100yr old barn when your done.
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:09 AM   #4
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Great idea...except if you turn it on it's side......you counter won't be smooth

What I would do is get a bunch of them and break them down to 6 sides and store them flat on each other with small sticks between them and let them dry/age for a month or 3, that should give you a stable wood to work with

Here pallets are the go to wood since most are actually high quality, oak or maple

Good luck and post pictures of cabinets!
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:45 AM   #5
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The boxes you show look like great composting bins.

I am using pallet wood for my shelf unit that sits to the left of the steps. It will be the devider wall before the couch. I am planing it down to remove splinters.
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I hate wood as a building material, but here is the best tip of all.


Use a saws all saw with a Milwaukee metal cutting blade to cut the nails.

DO NOT try to pry them apart, use a hammer, ect. You will just break the boards into small pieces of fire starting wood.

After the nails are cut, and the boards are apart, you can use a nail claw to carefully remove the nail stubs from the boards so your able to sand them, ect without wrecking all your tools.

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Good tip Nat.
I cut the boards along the edge of the cross member. This removes about an inch on each end. Then wobbling them back and forth loosens the middle nails enough to pry them off that cross member. Tap the middle nails back out and pull or pry them.
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Good tip Nat.
I cut the boards along the edge of the cross member. This removes about an inch on each end. Then wobbling them back and forth loosens the middle nails enough to pry them off that cross member. Tap the middle nails back out and pull or pry them.
Nice.

Glad to hear it went well.

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Don't forget you may need to predrill holes for screws etc
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Old 03-15-2015, 07:15 PM   #10
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Well I'm glad to see this idea wasn't shot down in flames guys! Thanks for the advice and tips on how to make it work to... Just excuse me while I go google what you all mean! :P
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