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WyomingWyoming is a state of firsts. Though the least populated state in the Union with just over 500,000 people, Wyoming is home to the first national park (Yellowstone), the first national forest...

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Healthy Lentils & Rice Dish

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It’s chic.  It’s country.  It’s sturdy and gorgeous.  I love, love, love my pallet backed bookshelf.
What you need:
2 pallets (18-20 slats needed)
1 piece of pallet for the top front, if you desire (ours is 2 inches )
1 5/8” Wood screws
4 1x10 pine boards
Miter saw
*Optional: Router if you want your ends routered
Sand paper or electric sander
Claw hammer or crow bar to remove nails
White paint (or your choice of color)
Measuring tape
Pencil
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