I have had pallets on the brain lately. My mom works for a construction company and has access to a ridiculous number of pallets. All free for the taking, as long as she can find the manpower to load them into her truck. So the most recent load was delivered to me a week or two ago and since then I’ve been on the hunt for possible projects. Of course, I first had to tackle the fun task of breaking them down into usable lumber and made the mistake of thinking I could out muscle those screw-nails. You know those threaded nails they shoot into the wood with an air nail gun. Needless to say, the pallets won that battle, so out came the power tools. Now I have several nice stacks of mostly 1×4’s in various lengths. They still need to be cleaned, but I figure that can wait until I’m sure of my next project.
One of my first stops for ideas was Etsy. I’ve sold bags on Etsy forever, so it’s a familiar shopping/browsing spot for me. I was more than a little amazed at what some others have created from recycled pallets. A few of these are waaay beyond anything I’m ready to tackle at the moment, but I wanted to share them.
- iPallet Table
- Rustic Pallet Shelf
- Reclaimed Pallet Wren House
- Giant Pallet Clock
- Pallet Captain’s Chair
- Antiqued Hope Chest
And, my second stop was Pinterest. Always a fun spot to visit when searching for inspiration. I’m thinking about contributing a project to the Pinterest Challenge here, so I figured a pallet project would be perfect.
I love this table. I don’t have any of the bulkier pallets, but I think I might be able to create something similar. The finish is my favorite part of the whole piece.
Small simple table; perfect for the many stacks of smaller pieces I have on hand. I’d love it as a plant stand on the back deck.
The always useful crate. I have wanted to do one of these for quite awhile and actually have one in process. Would that be cheating?
I think these are super cool too, but not sure I’d be able to get any full pallets in time. Plus, I don’t actually get to select my preferred pallets, so this one will probably have to wait until I can get my hands on two similar sized pallets.