Build a DIY pallet centerpiece box with WORX Switchdriver

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It’s the holiday season … so whoop-dee-doo and dippity, dah! There’s no time like the present (get it?) to build a DIY pallet centerpiece box, and WORX Switchdriver is just the tool you need to do it. On top of that … it makes an AMAZING gift for anyone on your list. 

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by WORX. WORX provided me with a complimentary Switchdriver in order to write this review and tutorial. I also received additional compensation for my honest opinion of their product. Questions? Visit my full disclosure.

This box is pretty easy to make and the best part is that because it’s going to be rustic, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Mine DIY pallet centerpiece box certainly isn’t, but I love how some of the rough edges are exposed and how not every angle lines up. You can definitely measure and cut yours to perfection, if you’d like, but I like the effect of it just looking natural.

Here’s what you need:

To make the box

  •  A pallet, or lumber cut – approx.  measurements: two, 1′ x  6″; four, 2″ x 3″ and 1, 2″ x 6″ pieces
  • WORX Switchdriver with drill bit and Phillips head 
  • Wood stain of choice (I used a Dark Walnut) 
  • Polycrylic (I used a satin finish)
  • 12, 3″ Phillips head exterior screws
  • Table saw or electric saw
  • Power sander with 150-180 grit sandpaper
  • Wood glue (optional)

To decorate:

  • Fresh greens and/or other seasonal decor
  • Floral foam (optional)

Let’s make it!

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  1. Measure pallet pieces and cut using electric or table saw. Deconstruct your pallet if necessary. If you purchased cut lumber, skip to step 2.
  2. Sand wood and edges using power sander. Start with 150 grit and then finish with 180 for smoother finish. Sand all sides and edges.
  3. Begin to piece your DIY pallet centerpiece box together, starting with the bottom piece, the approximately 2″ x 6″ piece.
  4. img_1360Using WORX Switchdriver with drill bit, line up one approximately 2″ x 3″ piece, standing, against the bottom piece. Drill holes about 1/4″ from the right and left straight through into bottom piece.
  5. Using WORX Switchdriver with Phillips head, screw exterior screws into holes just drilled.
  6. Repeat on opposite side with another 2″ x 3″ piece.
  7. Next, using WORX Switchdriver with drill bit, line up 1′ x 6″ piece on one side of the box, against the bottom piece. Drill holes through piece, 1/4″ from the edge, into the side piece you just attached to the bottom. Repeat on other end. Repeat with other 1′ x 6″ piece on opposite side of the box and use WORX Switchdriver with Phillips head to attach pieces with exterior screws in holes just drilled.
  8. Finally, attach final 2″ x 3″ pieces on ends of the box using WORX Switchdriver to drill holes 1/4″ from the edge of the top of the box into the new 2″ x 3″ pieces. The side pieces should sit comfortably on top of the pieces attached to the bottom of the box when drilling holes. Use Switchdriver with Phillips head to insert screws and box should close snugly. Repeat steps on the opposite end to complete box.
  9. (Optional) Use wood glue to secure the 2″ x 3″ pieces on the sides to each other. 

Once your DIY pallet centerpiece box is complete, it’s up to you to decide whether you like the wood natural or want to stain it! I used a dark walnut stain, which I applied with a paint brush and let soak in for about 10 minutes, then wiped off with a damp rag. I topped it with a polycrylic to seal it, which you should do whether or not you decide to stain it, to preserve the box and keep rough edges from scratching your furniture!

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Finally … finish your DIY pallet centerpiece box:

Fill your DIY pallet centerpiece box with your greens or other seasonal decor. Make it the centerpiece at your holiday gatherings and watch people go goo-goo over it when you tell them you made it with your WORX Switchdriver!

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Note that if your pieces are not cut perfectly to line up, and you don’t seal the box with poly, it’s probably not watertight. Floral foam should only be used to help position decor inside of the box, rather than to hold water and keep fresh cut greens and flowers alive.

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How easy was making that DIY pallet centerpiece box? The best part about having the WORX Switchdriver is that instead of having to take out bits like a regular electric driver, and swap them every time you need to drill a hole and then put a screw in, you just swap the bit by pressing the red trigger and moving the head of it around. It saved me so much time and aggravation. This project would’ve taken twice as long if I had to drill everything at once and then screw it all together, or keep changing the bits to go back and forth! It’s perfect for the holidays to assemble DIY projects when you’re short on time and also makes a great gift for girls and guys alike. I know my dad is going to try to swipe mine from me … but if he’s lucky, maybe I’ll get him his own!

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