Wood Pallet Building

The humble wood pallet.
The humble wood pallet.

Wood pallets are a very important part of our modern society. Think about it. Wood pallets are used every single day in the USA to ship raw materials, finished goods, food and just about everything else, including recycled materials all across the nation. Without the humble wood pallet, things just wouldn't be as easy.

Over 425,000,000 wood pallets are produced yearly. Only the home building industry uses more wood per year than pallet manufactures.

Wood pallet disposal is an issue for many companies. Some companies place pallets out for public pick up. Others throw the pallets away. So the truth is, wood pallets can be used as a cheap, (free), building material for many projects.

This family pet looks very happy in his recycled wood pallet home!
This family pet looks very happy in his recycled wood pallet home!
Butch Bridges of Lone Grove OK built this shed out of wood pallets!
Butch Bridges of Lone Grove OK built this shed out of wood pallets!

To read how he built it and to see more great photos, visit him at:

 http://www.oklahomahistory.net/palletshed.html

It just may inspire you!

Outdoor furniture from wood pallets!
Outdoor furniture from wood pallets!

This outdoor furniture was built by a family owned, small business.  To see more of their projects check out:

http://ecocasualfurniture.com/

A wood pallet modular home!
A wood pallet modular home!

Go to the following link to see this house at night.  You will be surprised.  It's that pretty!

http://inhabitat.com/pallet-haus-an-efficient-affordable-modular-house/ 

This amazing door was built with... you guessed it!  Wood pallets!
This amazing door was built with... you guessed it! Wood pallets!

Find more fantastic designs by this craftsman/artist at this link:

http://www.newtons2.entadsl.com/Pagesestate/tomnewtonpage.html#pallet

More of his wood pallet work is about halfway down the page as you scroll.

A simple project from reclaimed wood pallets!
A simple project from reclaimed wood pallets!
You might want to think even smaller.
You might want to think even smaller.
Or... there's always this... Dumping...
Or... there's always this... Dumping...
Or this... Instead of recycling wood pallets.
Or this... Instead of recycling wood pallets.

If you would like to try your hand at wood pallet construction doing large or small projects, you will need to know how to disassemble the pallet as simply as possible, without damaging the wood, or hurting yourself.  The following video is a great tutorial for just that!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtPmUZ-k3aI&feature=more_related 

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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

I don't know if they use wood to separate and stack pipes anymore but my Grandfather used them as legs on furniture.;)


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RunAbstract 5 years ago from USA Author

Mentalist acer, Wow! Your Grandfather was ahead of the game in my opinion!

Thanks for sharing!


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

Great hub. Love these ideas. The furthest I've got is building a compost heap with them.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Hey RA, I went through a pallet phase a few years ago and made small shelves, toys and boxes out of them. Many of the pallets have hard wood such as oak and make for some beautiful pieces. Nice job on an unusual topic. =:)


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RunAbstract 5 years ago from USA Author

Les Trois Chenes, I'm glad you like the Hub! And maybe you can find ways to use your next wood pallets to re-make them into something else!

Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

Winsome, kudos to you for using wood pallets in such a really good way! I'd love to see some photos of your projects! I think it would be truly inspiring!

Thanks a bunch!


4 years ago

Love the look of the pallet house but I didn't see where they addressedn how you would stay dry. Heat insulation is not the same as water insuulation.


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RunAbstract 4 years ago from USA Author

E, after reading your comment, I thought "Yeah... What about when it rains?" So....

I went back to the link and re-read the article under the photo of the house, and it says it is "energy efficient". So there must be some sort of insulation involved. There was no available information on what was used. Also for it to be efficient it would need to keep the people inside dry.

Sorry I couldn't find any good information. But if I can, I will post it.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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