Woodworking Workshop
Diresta: Pallet Toolbox



  • Old pallet (1)


  • Reciprocating saw
  • Surface planer
  • Table saw
  • Bandsaw
  • Air nailer

Jimmy’s Notes:

Lately I’m noticing more and more people liking the idea of “rustic” wood being used in all applications. A popular product being repurposed over and over for the old wood is the pallet! There are many videos online with great ideas.

In this video I use a pallet to make an old school toolbox with some simple joinery. I keep the look and style rustic in keeping with the texture of the wood.

I avoid pulling or prying the old pallets apart. I find cutting the nails using a reciprocating saw avoids cracking and breaking the wood. I use a surface planer to make all the boards clean and also to make them the same thickness. Enjoy!

In each bi-monthly episode of DiResta (every other Wednesday at 2pm PT), artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty MoneyHammeredAgainst the GrainTrash for Cash) lets us into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy. On this episode of DiResta, Jimmy uses simple joinery to repurpose a pallet into an old school toolbox.