If you live off the grid or just have a lot of projects requiring wood, pallets are perfect.
They are a great choice for many reasons:
- They’re free
- They’re already nailed together
- There are plenty of them
- They have a billion possible uses
- You can find them EVERYWHERE
Where can you find them?
- Behind grocery stores
- In the alleys behind hardware stores
- In the garbage/recycling areas of businesses
- On Craigslist
What can you do with them?
- Make furniture for your house.
- Craft projects: Signs, decorations, hangers for jewelry, etc.
- Shop uses: shelves, tool holders, work tables.
- Dismantle them and burn them
- Build a shed or even a house out of them.
To cut them up or dismantle individual planks use:
- a jig saw
- a circular saw
- a pry bar
- a nifty tool we bought at an Ace Hardware called The Wrecker (a fancy pry bar with extra “bars” for whatever leverage you need
- a hammer and a chisel for working the nails out
- a hammer to just whack the slats free (might break it)
- a couple of two by fours to remove individual planks without breaking them
For assembling various projects use:
- A drill and drill bits for pilot holes through thick boards
- A screw guide for the drill (a MUST)
- Wood or deck screws of varying lengths
- Brackets made by screwing two pieces of wood together or metal ones from the hardware store to add extra strength at attachment points
- Circular saw for cutting leg lengths and larger straight surfaces
- Hand saw
- C-clamp for holding pieces together tightly (the third arm) while installing screws
- Jig saw
- Tape measure
- Wood router
- Wood pencil for marking (works even on wet surfaces)
- Other hardware such as hooks and hangers
- That screw guide for your drill makes sinking those long screws SO much easier
- C-clamp for securing pieces – night and day
- Pilot holes for those thick pieces. You’ll strip the screws otherwise
- Pilot holes to prevent cracking. You don’t always have to but if the wood is prone to cracking or on the thin side, it’ll help
- Look for the better specimens in pallets. There are some shitty torn up ones you just pass up
- If you do end up with a shitty pallet, you can add slats from another shitty pallet to make one whole shitty pallet
Here are some photos of things we’ve done so far: