- Wooden Palette
- Sandpaper/Sanding block
- Brass cup hooks
- Yardstick or ruler
- Electric drill
- Drill Bits
Sanding- Pick a palette that is a lightweight wood and has as many straight sides as possible. It’s okay, if the planks aren’t square, but straight edges will really help reduce the sanding time. Curves and rounded edges take much longer to sand. I recommend sanding by hand rather than with an electric sander too; A sanding block is ideal. Sand every edge until smooth to the touch, starting with a lower grit paper first (perhaps 60-80), then re-sand with a higher finer grit paper. If you haven’t done much sanding before: the lower the number, the rougher it is. The higher the number, the finer the paper. I started with a 60 and then moved on to a 100 grit, which worked well for the old weathered wood in my palette. This process will take longer than anything else, so be patient and make sure you’ve hit every edge possible.
Measuring- Once your palette is clean and well sanded, you can begin spacing out where you want your hooks to go. I tried to keep my measurements evenly spaced with enough room between so that nothing side by side would be touching. Make marks to drill pilot holes that will be best for what you mean to hang on your palette. A yard stick and level will help you be more precise.
Drilling- After everything is marked off, drill a pilot hole in each mark. A pilot hole is drilled prior to screwing something into place so that your screw won’t be doing all the work on its own and risk stripping or splitting the wood. Use a drill bit that is the same size as your cup hook screw size. I used a standard 1/8” sized bit. Hand screw in your cup hooks into each pilot hole you’ve made.
Hanging- Lastly, you’ll need to decide how you want to hang your palette. I built mine to use in a display booth for craft shows, so I decided to hang my palette from two eye screws and some sturdy rigging twine, or sash cord. Drill two pilot holes in the top two corners of your palette, just as you did for your cup hooks. Again, match the size of your bit to the screw. By threading the rigging twine through your eye screws, you can tie off to whatever structure will support the weight of the palette safely. If you want your display to rest on a table structure, I’d suggest using the aforementioned method, then adding two L-brackets to the back of your palette that you can then screw down or use C-clamps to hold in place.
- Eye screws x2
- Rigging Twine
- L-brackets x2
- C-clamps x2
That’s it! Thanks for letting me share with you and let us know how your display comes together!