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  • What have you made with pallets?

    Hello folks,

    I have been snaffling up pallets and now I've got them I don't know what to make with them. I have 6 no two are the same size, I never knew there was so many variations! So, you creative DIYers, what wonderful things have you made with pallet wood?
    Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

    Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

  • #2
    Only a pallet compost bin. Just screwed three of the pallets together, and wedge the fourth in place so that I can remove it to empty the bin.

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    • #3
      Apart from firewood.............................a raised bed for my grandsons, keeping them interested in gardening and rabbit proofing the cabbage/ pea bed.
      If I'm not on here, I'm probably fishing.

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      • #4
        2 pallet compost bins - drove some (free) fence posts into ground to support the back and sides, which were also nailed together for good measure, then tied front pallet on with rope so it can be removed for emptying.

        Have seen fencing around someone’s house (each pallet shaped to curve at top, and painted lilac), Christmas trees for festive outdoor decorations, allotment bench, wooden planters, raised beds (8’ gypsum pallett and 4’, each split lengthways gives 4 sides to bed, and gets round no 2 being quite the same!).

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        • #5
          Push bike rack so that the chain set can be checked and adjusted with room to store a second bike when not working on one.
          Chicken run and weed killer blow over screen.

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          • #6
            I love pallets and pallet wood.

            I've made everything from my allotment shed cladding and drawer unit, a fence, Planter boxes, raised strawbery planters, compost bins, 3 stair gates, and a bunch of other stuff I can't recall right now. Both my sons have made garden furniture too this year. Apart from making compost bins, I've propped them on end as a crude frame for climbing plants like cucumbers etc.

            Simply screw together and then belt sander gets a reasonable smooth rustic finish.

            Taking pallets apart requires a combination of techniques (about as many as there are pallet styles) and is dependent on the tools you have to hand. A big hammer, a claw/crow bar and hand saw orcircular saw are a good start. Knocking the joints sideways first can loosen the joints to get a pry bar in.

            If you plan on using pallets with power tools or planers, remove all nails, staples and fixings. I recomend drilling out nail holes after to remove the wire that attached the nails together in the nail gun. Punch down all nail heads before sanding or it gets very expensive on sandpaper.

            If you plan on doing much fancy woodworking, it's probably better to buy ready to use timber from the super stores. Dismantling, sawing, planing pallet wood takes a lot of time and there is a lot of wastage to get clean regular sized surfaced timber. You do get lots of shavings for the compost mix though!

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            • #7
              Oh thanks folks, lots of creative and wonderful ideas out there. I would love to see any photos of your creations if you'd be happy to share.
              Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

              Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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              • #8
                The only different things to others to add are fruit storage boxes - about 2' long by 18" wide with some old plywood as a bottom - they double as deep seedling trays for plants like peas or beans, when not being used to store apples.

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                • #9
                  Compost Bins, supports for Tomatoes, lattice / frames for Beans and Squash / Pumpkins.

                  Link to my post "Euro Pallet - Easy Dismantle"

                  https://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gr...easy-dismantle

                  . . . and I've added a couple of other YouTube links on dismantling pallets.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Plot70 View Post
                    Push bike rack so that the chain set can be checked and adjusted with room to store a second bike when not working on one.

                    Any chance of a look please?
                    Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made
                    By singing-'Oh how beautiful!" and sitting in the shade,
                    While better men than we go out and start their working lives
                    At grubbing weeds from gravel paths with broken dinner-knives. ~ Rudyard Kipling

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                    • #11
                      I can't do a full panorama at the moment due to some stored stuff around it.
                      Basically I cut along one side of the middle bar to get get just over half with two bars.
                      I took a cross piece off at one end and built the riser on the same end with the bits I had cut off plus the removed cross piece.
                      I used two metal hooks with foam rubber over them to extend the arms that go under the cross bar of the bike to get the second storage space.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks. I could see that being useful.
                        Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made
                        By singing-'Oh how beautiful!" and sitting in the shade,
                        While better men than we go out and start their working lives
                        At grubbing weeds from gravel paths with broken dinner-knives. ~ Rudyard Kipling

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                        • #13
                          Cold frame

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by annie8 View Post
                            Cold frame
                            Done that one.

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                            Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made
                            By singing-'Oh how beautiful!" and sitting in the shade,
                            While better men than we go out and start their working lives
                            At grubbing weeds from gravel paths with broken dinner-knives. ~ Rudyard Kipling

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mrbadexample View Post

                              Done that one.

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                              Wow, that looks fab!
                              Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

                              Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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