build a fold-up pallet desk
This is where the desk started. A standard pallet.
Step 1: Cut a piece of plywood for the desk Most pallets have two sides. One with a lot of boards. One with usually three boards. For this project, the side with a lot of boards will be considered the back. The one with three boards will be considered the front. You don’t even have to remove any of the boards for this project. Cut a piece of plywood to fit between the bottom two boards.
Step 2: Attach a piano hinge You want to use a piano hinge instead of regular hinges to provide maximum stability. Attach one side of the hinge to the plywood desk top and one side to the bottom board of the pallet.
Step 3: Attach a window sash I think a window sash is such a fun option to keep the desk closed when not in use. Simply attach one side of the window sash to the plywood desk top and one side to the middle board of the pallet.
Step 5: Assemble cables The cables are used to support the door when it is in the down position. You want to purchase a cable that will support at least 100 pounds to make sure your desk top is sturdy. You will need cable hooks, crimps and an eye hook.
Step 6: Thread the eye hook Thread the eye hook through the cable as shown. Wrap the cable around the cable hooks and crimp in place as shown. You will be attaching one end of the cable to the pallet and one end to the desk top. Cut your cable to fit snugly pallet to desk top when your desk top is down. Thread the eye hook and wrap and crimp the cable hook for the other end of the cable. Repeat step 6 for the other side of the desk.
Step 8: Attach eye hook to desk top After pallet is thoroughly dry, attach eye hook to one side of the desk top. Repeat for the other side of the desk top.
Step 9: Attach other eye hook to a small block of wood Attach the eye hook to a block of wood. Attach the block of wood to the inside of the back of the pallet as shown. Repeat for the other side.
That’s it! It’s a project that is perfect for a small space. Great storage and only the width of a pallet hanging on the wall when closed. You can also stain or paint the finished project.
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