Make a Work Bench from a Wood Pallet!

If you are new to REDOUX, you should know I love nothing more than “FREE JUNK”!  I have an (unhealthy, my husband would probably say) obsession with things people throw away.  For as long as I can remember, I have loved “making things.” And if I make something useful from “junque”, well even better!  Like this moveable workbench from a shipping crate.
Take, for instance, a collection of Wood Pallets put together with some nails and screws—something you might use to ship things in.
I spied this next to my favorite dumpster on an early morning trash hunt- where the dumpster-diving folks hang out.
I passed by it twice before I had a light bulb moment. This is the perfect size for a much-needed workspace.  I was constantly crawling between my Furniture Cube and storage space to get tools, gloves, and anything work-related, then dragging it back and forth to my work area.  I also have a Table saw that I couldn’t find a good place to use, and I recently purchased a chop saw.  My stuff was squeezing out my work area!
Enter my Pallet:
It had four sides already securely constructed.  I needed a new top, a shelf, and casters to withstand the weight and lock in place.  This way, I could move it to the front of my garage using one of the saws.
I turned the shipping crate upside down and added casters. I then turned it to the right side again.
The shipping crate conveniently already had two support pieces of wood that were even with each other inside.  I cut some scrap MDF to size and laid it on top of the beams, then secured it with Gorilla Wood glue and some wood screws.
Next, I had a large piece of MDF already on hand from a previous project.  I added this to the top of the shipping crate and again secured it with Gorilla Wood Glue and wood screws.
Now, it was ready for heavy-duty service.  I can keep my saws on top until needed.  I moved my sanders, drill, and paint sprayer to the storage unit!
I have a handy place for shop rags, gloves, and anything else I need quickly.  Did you notice the storage I have on the bottom to store scrap wood?  And look how great my saws fit on top!
This straightforward, free project can be made with minimal construction experience but will add significant work space and movable storage to your work area.  I could see this even working for a craft room.  Having an organized workspace is critical to productivity.  Now, I have no excuse for not finishing every piece of furniture in that cube…..



  1. Heather

    LOVE this idea! Saw it on TipJunkie! Oh, I soooo need to find some pallets near me! Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

  2. At The Picket Fence

    That is fantastic Karen!! What a great work space you've created. I gotta get me some more tools so I can create something like that! 🙂

  3. Cristina @

    Hi Karen, that's exactly what I need! I need to build something similar quickly cause I'm getting crazy of moving my tools all around the garage!

  4. Drama Mama Lori

    I need this!!! What a great time and back saver!! Cool! ~Lori

  5. Kim @ Too Much Time

    OH! I {heart} pallet projects! I could totally use this too! Great job, girlie

  6. freddyandpetunia

    What a gREAT work place! You could even fit a compressor and nail guns under there! I LUV it!

  7. Holly Lefevre

    You better not let me find out exactly where you live…because I am coming for this!

  8. Robin Boyd Jackson

    OMG – I so need to build this for our garage!

    Expect a copy cat soon. Of course I will let everyone know where this fab idea came from.

    ~ robin

  9. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Totally awesome! Be sure to stop by our party tomorrow. You'll want to check out the features!

  10. Blue Velvet Chair

    Hi K –

    What great results…and some major organization to boot! Coming over to Sweden anytime soon?


  11. Korrie@RedHenHome

    Congrats on winning the DIY Club contest with this! AMAZING project!

  12. Robin Boyd Jackson

    Hey Sweet Girl – scoot over to Sunday Funday and see yourself featured!!!

    ~ robin

  13. Kristin @ A VIntage Fairy

    Somehow missed this post in Feb. Saw via prim and proper. Love love. I so need one of those!!!

  14. Susan G

    Hey Karen,

    Need anymore pallets or know someone looking for some. I am waiting for my very large paint order today so will have that pallet and 3 more in the side yard. I wished I could use saw’s like you do! I’m too chicken!

  15. Luz Henriquez

    Oh, Madame Karen.

    You are so ingenious! I Love the whole project, but the fact that it’s moveable is just the cherry on top!

  16. Liz @ Quirky Vistas

    Woot, woot! Good eye and good idea. Love the storage. You will be even more productive now. Is it possible? I think we are about to find out.

  17. cassie

    yay! i can finally open your blog! looks awesome!!!! i love the recycle of course, but the style is cool, too!

  18. Bliss

    I’m shocked you had to think twice about picking it up!

  19. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    I need you to move in for the summer so you can show me how to use all of your tools!! I’ll show you all my favorite thrift shops and side of the road locations – come on!!

  20. Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    What a great find! You made perfect use of it!! I have a similar table that I use for a work table with storage , but I built it using old fence posts. I don’t think I would have had the vision to use something like this if I had come across it. Good job, girl!!

  21. At Home Vintage

    I absolutely love this! It will be so handy to have all your tools on a moveable storage unit.



  22. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    That is awesome! I sooo need one (or two!) of those!!
    Thanks so much for sharing on Project Inspired, pinning!

  23. Danielle

    This is wonderful. Such a great addition to your work space! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  24. katie @ Upcycled Treasures

    Karen, this is so awesome! What a great way to use old pallets and I especially love that it’s on wheels. Pinned!

  25. Tami @ Curb Alert!

    That turned out fabulous! You are so inspiring to all of us!

  26. doityourselfer

    I read the article. Very nice! I may do this after I build a pallet work/storage shed.
    My question:
    What were the dimensions of the original shipping crate? It isn’t mentioned in this article.



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