• Tutorial Team
  • Pittsburgh, PA

Blanket Chest

2 Materials
2 Days

Using pallet wood, I built a beautiful blanket chest for my living room. It can also be used as a coffee table.
blanket chest
I started off by cutting my frame out of the braces from a pallet 23x18 Then I cut all of my pallet boards at 18 in high
blanket chest
blanket chest
Then I nailed and stained the boards a red mahogany
blanket chest
Then I cut the lid and sanded both sides
blanket chest
Then I let dry over night
blanket chest
Then when the stained dried I added strap hinges for the lid
blanket chest
Here is a better view of the hinges I used
blanket chest
Then I added old metal handles I got at a flea market and painted them black
blanket chest
As you can see the black matches perfectly with the stain
blanket chest
Then I added chains to the lid so it holds it up and won't let it fall back
blanket chest
Then if you look close I added a piece a of art made out of metal I got the  pallet wood from a local grocery store and all of the metal handles and chains from a Flea market the cost was $10 for everything and the time was 2 - 4 hr days to make

Suggested materials:

  • Palette wood
  • Stain

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1 question
  • Sherry Garvin
    on Sep 10, 2017

    How did you put together the lid ?
    • John
      on Mar 4, 2019

      I placed the boards on a riser( 2, 3 inch 2x4s) stood the boards up gorilla glued them then i clamped the boards together

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  • JoAnn Comfort Angelo
    on Jan 1, 2018

    I think it's beautiful people just throw them away what talent you have looks so expensive great job
    • John Wade
      on Jan 2, 2018

      Thank you for the compliment this is just a hobby of mine that I love to do after a long day working with under privlage youths thank you for liking my work also

  • Teresa Stout
    on Jan 22, 2018


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