Build Your Own DIY Wall-Mounted Pallet Bookshelf

Upcycle salvaged skids to create functional wall decor

By Stephen & Diane Fitzberger in the Wood Pallets DIY Projects Book

The best thing about creating wood pallet projects is that the possibilities are endless! Indoor, outdoor, large, small, rustic, or finished, with a little sweat equity, as they say, “If you can dream it, you can build it.”

This is a great project to use in any room! It will add a lot of character and function at the same time. It’s a decorative way to display and store books in your bedroom, kitchen, or den. The hooks make it easy to hang a robe, kitchen apron, or to store your keys. Get creative with the hooks and add a fun feature that fits your room! We love using the pallets that are narrow with a center stringer board. This makes the bookshelf a little smaller but works great in a child’s room or kitchen. Add extra boards to the front and back or leave open spaces, depending on the look you want. It can be pretty heavy once you start filling it with your favorite books, so make sure you mount it well. Now you’re ready for that cup of tea!

You will need:

  • Jigsaw
  • Table saw
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • 1 pallet, 48″ x 40″, with forklift cutouts
  • #4 – 1 1/4″ (30mm) common nails
  • Paint, stain, or clear coat (optional)
  • 80 grit sandpaper
  • Hanging hooks

Wood Carved Folk Art Fish

Wood Pallet DIY Projects

Discover the potential of repurposed wood pallets! Start making useful products from pallet wood for your home and neighborhood while being eco-friendly! Wood Pallet DIY Projects shows you how to upcycle salvaged skids to create 20+ one-of-a-kind projects, provides helpful advice on where to find pallets and how to process them for projects, and important safety tips. Not only will you save pallets from landfills but you will have handmade, trendy creations to showcase in your home.


Wood Carving a Fish - Step 01

1. Measure.

Measure and mark the center of the forklift cutout. Measure and mark all 3 stringer boards. Measure and mark the center of the side stringer board. Measure and mark all 3 stringer boards.

Wood Carving a Fish - Step 02

2. Cut.

Use a table saw and jigsaw to cut the stringer boards along the markings.

Wood Carving a Fish - Step 03

3. Remove Boards.

Stand the shelf up and decide if you want to add more boards for the look you want. Remove the additional boards from the pallet, including 1 for the base of the bookshelf. Trim to fit with a table saw and hammer in place on each end and center. We are adding 1 to the front and 2 to the back for this shelf

Wood Carving a Fish - Step 04

4. Measure the base.

Measure the width and the length of each base opening.

Wood Carving a Fish - Step 03

5. Trim the bases.

Cut and trim the board for the bases. Dry fit, make any adjustments, and hammer into place

Wood Carving a Fish - Step 04

6. Secure the base.

Secure each base in place by placing 3 nails along the base line of each section. Flip the pallet over and repeat on the back. sure the width and the length of each base opening.

Wood Carving a Fish - Step 03

7. Finish the piece.

Sand all surfaces and rough edges. Paint, stain, apply clear coat, or leave unfinished for your desired look. Place the hooks in the location you want. Predrill and screw into the board to secure.

Wood Carving a Fish - Step 04

8. Mount & enjoy.

Mount to the wall, lining up with a stud or using anchors.

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About the Author

Robert Triplett has been carving for most of his life. He retired from the U.S. Army after twenty-five years of service and later worked as a safety engineer at electrical power plants. Born and raised in Bedford County, Pa., Robert lives in Hummelstown, Pa.