What to do with pallets

I like to build things and if I can build things with free wood, that’s even better. I found a great source for free pallets this morning. Of course, they really aren’t free because I did have to drive out to pick them up and in our gas guzzling truck, that takes anything out of the free category.

I found the add on Craigslist last night and even though there was rain in our forecast, I thought I might run out there to pick up a few. My biggest concern was if I could actually load them up on my own. After a few turns into several unnumbered business parking lots, I finally found the place. There were already two men there, but they were in cars, so I knew they were limited by what they could take. One man left and the other offered to help me load if I needed it. How nice of him to offer! Anyway, I picked out a nice untreated one and it was surprisingly light and I had no trouble loading it into the back of the truck. The gentleman that was still there said he was looking for wood for his garden and I mentioned to him about planting vertically in palettes. He pointed out the ones he was looking at. I was really surprised to find pallets with one side covered in plywood. Most of them had 2×4 frames and were untreated. I was really happy about that because it increases the uses for the wood.

I quickly loaded all I could take, said good luck to my fellow scavenger and drove home with no issue. When I got them unloaded, it still had not started raining. It was not a hard decision to make another trip to the pile. This time I decided to time the trip. It took me 1 hour and 10 minutes round trip including the time to load up.

The second trip, I would have easily accepted help loading. I’m not sure if the picked over lot just happened to be heavier pallets or my muscles were telling me I hit my limit. I did manage to get another full load, but I did leave behind some choice pieces. There were also some longer ones that I would have loved having, but I was not comfortable driving with the tailgate down.

So, what am I going to do with them? Some I will cut up to use the wood. I want to make a compost bin with 3 of them. I’m also thinking about making a fence around my garden to keep deer out. I plan on planting a lot of leafy greens, so that might be a necessity. A few others I’ve decided to do vertical gardening between the slates. I have the perfect spot on one side of our house to put them in.

I’ve started a new category for the pallets and plan on updated this blog with all the projects I make from them. As always, please do leave a comment here, especially if you have used pallets and want to share your projects.

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8 Responses to What to do with pallets

  1. I’ve seen a lot of cute pallet ideas on Pinterest. If you want an invite from me, just ask. I am excited for you!

  2. Lisa Schmitt says:

    I have 3 compost bins each made from 4 pallets that I get free from the farmer that rents our land. I also use them to stack things on that we store outside, so they are not down in the dirt.

  3. Christa says:

    Thanks to you, I now love re-creating with pallets! I will be making a community quail garden with pallets. First I will plant plants, probably herbs in 2 of them, maybe 4 depending if I make my quail community (pen) more long and narrow or more square, anyways, the ones with plants will be on the north and south sides of the pen. The rest I am using to actually build the enclosure, surrounded by 1 inch x 1/2 inch wiring (kind like chicken wire but stronger). I’ll try to remember to post pictures of the finished product. I can’t wait till this weather breaks a bit so I can get constructing!

  4. Kristi Cooper says:

    I have seen some awesome pallet ideas on Pinterest also!! I love that website!!

  5. http://thegreenlever.blogspot.com/2011/11/how-to-collect-pallets.html
    How to Collect Pallets
    Pallets – The low down – Where, what and how.

    I stumbled upon this link with lots of good info.

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