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The Many Uses of Wooden Pallets on an Urban Farm

Updated on September 2, 2014

The Beauty of Wooden Pallets

Let’s start this off with the number one reason why you should use wooden pallets on your urban farm: they are free!

If you are into frugal like this writer is, and if you have more projects than a centipede has legs, then wooden pallets are like manna from heaven. It begs the obvious question: why in the world aren’t more of you using them?

I worked in a warehouse for about ten years, and I can tell you from firsthand experience that wooden pallets can take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’. I have seen a single pallet hold thousands of pounds of merchandise. I have seen them survive earthquakes. I have seen them survive my own abuse and stupidity. If they can survive all that, they surely can be counted on to handle any project you toss their way on an urban farm.

Did I mention that they are free?

Surely someone will comment that pallets aren’t free in their community, but by and large, most business owners are ecstatic when someone approaches them willing to haul away those shipping pallets. I have a pickup truck and I am more than willing. To me, they are the poor man’s alternative to the Home Depot lumber department.

So let’s take a walk around my urban farm of 1/8 acre and see what pallets are doing for this urban farmer.

The frame for our chicken coop
The frame for our chicken coop | Source
Beginning construction on a 4'x8' toolshed
Beginning construction on a 4'x8' toolshed | Source

Do You Want to Build a Structure?

I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking here.

Wooden pallets are wonderful when used for framing a small structure in your yard. The pictures you see here are of a chicken coop we built last year. Note that the frame for the coop was made of three full-sized pallets screwed together. Nothing could be simpler. From there it was a simple matter of cutting plywood for the walls, floor, and ceiling. Anybody who works with wood will tell you the toughest part of a structure project is the framing. With wooden pallets, the framing is already done for you.

I’ve shown you in pictures how to build a chicken coop. Same theory and process would go into building a small shed to hold your tools, which is my latest project as you can see from the pictures on the right. Honestly, folks, this is very, very easy to do.

Do You Want to Build a Compost Bin

Nothing could be simpler than building a compost bin using wooden pallets. Can you screw screws? Do you have four pallets? That’s the extent of expertise and supplies you need.

One pallet for the back of the bin, one for each of the side walls, and one for the front…screw them together and call it a compost bin. I prefer to not use a pallet for the front because I like to mix my compost periodically, so instead I put up slats across the front that can be removed easily. .

Do You Want to Build a Fence?

You have two choices when building a fence using wooden pallets: with or without fence posts.

If you want to use fence posts, then alternate fence post and pallet, fence post and pallet, until you have the right length for your fence. If you want to skip the expense of fence posts, then do one pallet horizontally, then one perpendicular, and keep doing that until you have the right length.

Pallets make very strong and durable fences. I have made pig enclosures just using pallets, and pigs are notoriously hard to enclose.

Do You Want to Build a Vertical Garden?

This is so simple, and it is perfect for anyone with space issues, including those of you who live in apartments and only have your deck to work with.

Lay a pallet down on the ground and staple landscape fabric to one side. Now turn the pallet over and fill it with good potting soil. Leave it on the ground for a day or two so the soil will settle into place. Then plant your cuttings in the pallet empty spaces and stand the pallet up vertically. This is a great solution to small spaces, and plants like strawberries do very well with this arrangement.

Do You Want to Build a Workbench?

If you have four pallets you can make a work bench. Two sides, one back, screw together, then screw a pallet on top. Work bench complete. If you don’t want the holes on top, then screw a piece of plywood on top of the top pallet for a smooth surface.

Do You Want Outdoor Shelving?

If you have a support wall, and you want some shelving, then start screwing.

A little too suggestive for you?

Pallets come in various sizes. Some are perfect for shelving. Simply screw them to the wall with one pallet on top and you have storage shelves. Can you picture it? If you can picture it you can do it.

Do You Want a Tool-hanging Support?

Have you ever watched those television shows where this master craftsman shows you how to organize your garage, and all the tools are hung up neatly on the walls with these special attachments that only cost $450?

I say to hell with that nonsense. Hang up a couple pallets on the wall, and hang your tools on the pallets.

Total cost using my method…..$0.

I should have my own television show. Woodwork for Cheapskates!

Slats of a pallet used on a chicken coop
Slats of a pallet used on a chicken coop | Source

Do You Want Some Spare Wooden Slats for Other Projects?

Most wooden pallets are constructed of good hard wood. Pull the nails out of them and the slats are as good as any lumber you can buy at Home Depot. I’ve used the slats for many projects, including building a quail hutch and enclosing a chicken coop.

Greenhouse using pallets and plastic
Greenhouse using pallets and plastic | Source

Do You Want a Mini Greenhouse?

Take two pallets and stand them up on end. Now lean them together so they look like a two-sided teepee, and screw them together. Next, staple heavy-duty plastic on the outsides of the two pallets. You now have a mini-greenhouse that can easily be moved or taken down when the planting season has ended.

We make these each spring and they are wonderful. We leave the ends open for air-circulation, and I swear, the inside temperature increases a good thirty degrees.

Do You Want a Dog House, Rabbit Hutch, or Goat Enclosure

Yes, it is that easy. Use the pallets for the walls. Use slats from pallets to fill in the gaps. If you need a dry enclosure, use metal sheeting for the roof. I can build a dog house or goat house in one hour using pallets, and if I can do it you can do it. I have no carpentry skills at all, but I know how to use a screwdriver and that’s all I need to know.

Have I Convinced You Yet?

Seriously my friends, wooden pallets are a dream for any urban farmer. We are lucky enough to have an urban farm center in our area, and they know us quite well and let us have their shipping pallets when they are done with them. We have a never-ending supply of them when projects come up, and did I mention that they are free? LOL

Notice that almost all the ideas I have presented here today only require pallets and screws. Some will benefit from some plywood, but most can be built without the expense of plywood and that’s just fine by me. I’m not into expense; I am into frugal, recycling, and reuse.

Give it a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi, Glimmer. You've been busy here I see. Thank you! We have a project going on right now using pallets. I'm a believer!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I'm seeing more and more uses of pallets on the internet and in magazines. It's amazing what they can be used for in a garden too. And you are right, most businesses like getting rid of them. We use them where I work now, so we like to keep them. I like the idea of fencing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      freecampingaussie, great to know. It's amazing the number of uses for those buggers. Thanks for sharing.

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      freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain

      They are handy up the top of Western Australia in the rainy season to keep things dry when it floods as well !

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blond, I don't know the answer to your question. I don't feel particularly creative.....but there are times when my mind just sees things....I hope you find this useful, and thank you for the visit.

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      This is almost spooky, your articles pop up in my feed just when I need them.

      How is it possible one person can look at a pallet and see all those uses? You should have your own show. I love these ideas.

      I have seen pallets for sale here but as you say, free is better. I need to do some networking around the area.

      I am bookmarking this for future reference.

      Voted up, and useful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Dolores, and I agree with you that some of these things are quite beautiful, as re-purposed wood always seems to be.

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      Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love how people are using old pallets to make so many things! I've seen indoor furniture made with them too, there is a picture of a headboard going around - it's beautiful. Your ideas are fantastic!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, it is hard wood to be sure. That's one of the reasons why they are so great to use....then toss in the fact that they are free, and you've got a real winner. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      PhoenixV 3 years ago from USA

      Great ideas on how to use those wooden pallets. I liked your video find of: hundreds of DIY Wooden Pallet. Wooden pallets seem harder than heck to break down or tear apart and the wood seems like indestructible oak or something. This is a great hub that I am going to bookmark for future ideas on how to put a wooden pallet to good use.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL..Deb, I'll let you know when it's going to air. Too funny! Thanks my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I might consider getting a TV to watch "Woodworking for Cheapskates."

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree Peg....cutting down forests just to use an item once makes no sense to me at all. Thanks for the visit this weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love that idea, Dianna. I'll have to give that one some thought. Thank you!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Innovative and creative, Billybuc. These are useful ways to reuse pallets. It really seems a shame to waste wood products when there are so many things that can be made from these things. Great ideas.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Great ideas for using pallets around the farm and home. My son is using them as a walkway in his backyard and they look pretty nice. I am pinning this one for keeps.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I love hearing things like that. Maybe we can turn on more people to this simple gardening and farming method. Thanks for sharing.

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Back in May Kayle had me help her make a compost bin from pallets, and she used a pallet for a planter for acorn squash and pie pumpkins. I'm bookmarking this hub. Maybe we'll try the vertical garden idea next growing season.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, vkwok. Thanks my friend.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      It was interesting reading this hub. Voted up, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree ElleBee...wicked cool indeed.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes they could, Faith, and done quite easily for someone with carpentry skills. Your grandchild would be thrilled.

      Thank you dear friend. Happy Thursday to you.

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      ElleBee 3 years ago

      Faith - a tree house would be wicked cool!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I am now on the hunt for pallets! I just love repurposing and why would anyone not love it. I love all the ideas presented here.

      In thinking about my grands ... pallets could actually be made into a cool treehouse!

      Blessings always

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They are indeed, Alicia. Thank you!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It sounds like pallets are very, very useful! Thanks for all the suggestions, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Irish, I always wonder where you are and how you are doing. Glad you are well. Good luck with the wicked move...I hate moving by the way. LOL All is well with our little Holland brood....the chicks and quail are all alive after some early losses. As for pallets being easy, Suzie, if I can work with them then anyone can. I barely know the working end of a screwdriver. :)

      love to you and the Mick. Hope his back improves soon.

      bill

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      I commented here yesterday and don't think it registered. Just in case you were wondering where the heck is Suzie!! Ha! Anyway, LOVED this addition to your Urban theme and it really deserves being in a book! Cannot get over how simple and useful pallets are and yet they are not utilized by the majority. Would definitely give them a go and particularly the vertical garden (due to space restriction, i.e a balcony on an apartment) sounds intriguing.

      You have a gift for making all the possibilities sound easy with little experience and even better, free for most of us.

      Hope your week is going well, all well this end getting ready for moving back to Dublin. Mickster is good, some creeks and pain in his back seem regular now but he just grits his teeth and gets on with things!

      Love to you and Bev and the brood at Hollands!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE and have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ElleBee, I have no carpentry skills at all, so you just know it is simple. Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Vellur. I just love making things like this and knowing they cost nothing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There you god, Beth. You be the idea person and he can be the implementer. Perfect work assignments if you ask me. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maj, happy travelling, although right now it doesn't sound like you are too happy. I hope things improve soon. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mona. We are two years away from having a small farm in the country. Until then, we'll make do with what we have here in the city.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Most definitely, Ann. They could be used for flower pots...big flower pots. :) I hope you find some and then write a hub about it when you plant.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Useful tips for wooden pallets. Sounds a very good thought indeed.

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      ElleBee 3 years ago

      Very cool! Saving this for future reference. (Like when I live on my own haha). Pallets are definitely very accessible, and I love all the creative things I see done with them lately. You make it all look so simple too.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great ideas for using wooden pallets in construction. Your projects with wooden pallets are great!

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      Beth Perry 3 years ago from Tennesee

      I like the idea of a vertical garden and that table is adorable! You have some great ideas here, billybuc. Or at least great ideas to put my husband to work on...

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Hi Bill - am on the road, right now in Croatia and feeling the effects of a swirling sea. As a grumpy traveller, right now I could think of one more thing to do with a Wooden Palette although being arrested here would not improve my lifestyle. Cheers Maj...

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Love DIY and wooden pallets. Didn't know you had an urban farm. All along I thought you were living in the country with acres of land. The videos are very good. Wonderful, eye opening article once again, Billybuc:)

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I think they would make dandy flower pots, too, or holders for flower pots. I know you're not much into flowers, but hey, it's just a suggestion. You've given me incentive to go to the local Dollar Store and see if they need to get rid of a few or maybe the meat market behind me - they have stacks of them in their parking lot.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sounds great, WritinginRichmond. Good luck with that little project, although you won't need any luck. :) Thank you!

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      WritingInRichmond 3 years ago

      All great ideas and clever! I have used wooden pallets in our garden for my compost bins, but never thought about the “Mini Greenhouse” concept. I’m in … looks like we’ll be getting some early spinach next year. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I can't play the trumpet and I can't dance a lick. :) See, nobody is perfect, and I am light years away from perfect...but thank you for your kindness.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very strange, Jackie. If you shop anywhere on a regular basis, you might ask the owner or manager to save them for you. Anyway, thank you. If I could I would ship some to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill. I'm a bit surprised that in some cities they are hard to find. Here we almost trip over them. :) Happy September to you my friend.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I am so fascinated what you do with these pallets. Necessity is the mother of invention for sure. What can't you do Bill?

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I just can never find any; guess I just need to ask around every where in case there is a time to get them before the billybuc in my area does! lol

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      A lot of great ideas here Bill. Think of all the wooden pallets that will get used because of your article. I need a compost bin so this will work perfectly. Now I just need to keep my eyes open for some wooden pallets. Have a great week Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good night, Ann! I'm off to finish up my tool shed while there is still sunlight.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Good. I'm sure we'd both make sure we weren't!!

      Enjoy what's left of your day; mine's finished so off I go up the hill to Bedfordshire! No idea why it's Bedfordshire - should be Sussex - I'm rambling so I guess I'd better hit the sack.......zzzzzzzz

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We certainly cannot, Ann. :) Just between you and me, I don't think it could possibly happen that you and Bev would be ignored.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Ruby. I'm just about done with that shed and I'm quite happy with it. :)

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Well, we can't have that!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I like the idea of using pallets for your tools in a shed. Another good one..

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, it is always a pleasure my friend. Perhaps it's best I don't meet your partner. We would spend all of our time building things, and ignore you and Bev. LOL

      Have a wonderful evening, and thank you as always.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      This is great. I love the vertical garden. You and my partner would get on so well, you are both so practical and full of imaginative ideas.

      Superb read and thanks for the guided tour round your creations, bill.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Pawpawwrites, how could you??? LOL Just kidding...now you know. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, it's really interesting that they are so hard to find there. Here they are so plentiful that they are troublesome for some businesses. I could go out right now and fill my pickup with them as often as I wanted. Anyway, good luck to your son, and thanks.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jaye. I just think they are the best value on the market, especially considering the price of wood these days.

      bill

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      Lots of great uses for something that is many times discarded. I actually burned a couple of them last year. I'll know next time.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this because you have some really good ideas past the usual outdoor furniture. Time was that pallets were made out of good oak, and I've seen some nicely finished indoor tables made out of them. No one would have guessed where the beautiful oak tables came from. The ones I've seen lately are a very cheap grade of pine, good mainly for chicken coops.

      Nowadays they are so in demand that they are almost impossible to get in my area. I think there is a recycling company that picks up most of them. It may be that darn paper mill just south of us. That's too bad, too, because my son is collecting them for a project, and I think he has managed to find about three.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Bill...You are officially the Pallet King! While I'm not going to build anything, I'll share this outstanding article with others who may use your suggestions.

      Voted Up++

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL, Mari, if I had any relatives, I'd do the same thing. My biggest problem is critters with four legs. :) Thanks for the laugh.

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      I'm going to build a pallet fence around my whole property. Keep those pesky relatives out! Thanks, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very cool, Bill. Whoever he is, I would like him. :) Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I Am Rosa, this is incredibly easy. So easy that I can do it. :) Thank you for the comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rebeccamealey, there are a lot of them out there. Find someone with a pickup and you'll have no trouble finding them. Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Really, Barbara...and it's free!!! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brite, I discovered them a few years back, and have been building with them ever since. Free lumber...who can pass it up? Thanks for stopping by my friend.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      As I was walking my sack to the recycling bin, last week, I noticed a neighbor arrive home in his pickup with a couple of pallets in the back of his pickup. I thought of you. He is constantly doing these kinds of things! Small world! ;-)

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      Rosa Marchisella 3 years ago from Canada

      Great article. Lots of people feel overwhelmed with DIY, especially when it comes to "construction" projects, so thanks for showing easy it can be!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Wonderful ideas, and a good way to use those old pallets laying around.I have one...now I wish I had more after seeing this!

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      You've got some great ideas here. I'm surprised how nice the fence looks.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Quite incredible what these can be used for. Love the fence and the coffee table. Who would have thought there were so many different ideas for creating useful items from something most people would toss to the side. Love this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brie, these ideas are ridiculously easy...there are ideas for the interior of the home, too, in case you want to give it a try some day. Thanks and I'm glad you enjoyed this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, how I wish I lived there, just to be paid to take something I would pay for. LOL Crazy for sure, but I would take full advantage of it...and I know you have. Thanks for the visit...good to see you back.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, you are too kind, but thank you. I watched an interesting TedTalks about creativity...the speaker said that most people are born creative, but it isn't nurtured in schools, so they lose it....I guess I got just enough nurturing.

      Have a great day my friend.

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      Awesome and useful, I love articles like these! I'm in love with free things :). And yes, they would make great compost bins. I can't wait to use these ideas one day.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      It's amazing to me how versatile wood pallets are. And, the fact that they are free is even more amazing. Just down the road from me is a shipping company. Every time I drive by, the pile of pallets is higher and higher. I guess they are not reusable for shipping. But, they are great for other things. Right? The company is so desperate to get rid of the pallets that they are paying people a few bucks to come get them. Yes, they will pay money for people to take these things off their hand. It's the country. We do things backwards here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Abby, and it's nice to see you here. Have a great day my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, anything for you. :) You know that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rachael, what a great suggestion. Thank you. I have never checked out Freecycle, but you can bet i will now. Seriously, thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      peoplepower, great point made, and I have run into that as well. I always check those screws before taking a pallet. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. I know this is a hectic time for you, and I really appreciate you taking the time to visit. Go take care of that daughter of yours.

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Awesome ideas for building, Bill! :-)

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Your creativity is astounding!

      As I was growing up, my family ascribed to, "Where there is a will, there is a way."

      I married a man whose motto is, "It can't be done!" And, he was less than appreciative to have a woman show him how it could be done.

      These days, I've learned to plant the seed in his mind, then sit back and wait for it to take roots and grow. He has come up with some

      "absolutely amazing ideas!" LOL

      I really enjoyed reading this hub and I could envision each structure.

      You are a creative man. In so many cases, if one has the creative gene

      in one area, it carries over into another area.

      Creativity is the spark in mankind that sets him apart from other animals. Sadly, not all humans have that creativity spark.

      Spark on, Bill, spark on! (:-)

      DJ.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Are you gonna build a guesthouse with them pallets?

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      Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

      We get our wood pallets for free from local stores, but mostly we get them from an organization who runs a website called "Freecycle" which is listed in communities all over the world.

      Each time we move - and we move every 5 years or so - I join the Freecycle in my community. Stuff I can't bring with me when we move, I know I can restock from local garage sales and flea markets but I always check Freecycle's website first.

      We have received many useful items over the years - baby cribs, strollers, furniture, appliances, wood pallets, tools, drywall and other construction items.

      My kids and I built a shed completely out of items we got from Freecycle members - wood pallets, nails, plywood, T-111 siding, and someone didn't want an odd sized double hung steel front door that they painted burgundy color, so since we were building ours to no specific size, it looked gorgeous on our new shed!

      We post more than we pick up. It is our way of giving back to our community and helping other folks too.

      Wood pallets are on the list almost weekly and they are invaluable for many projects, as you have shown here. If you are looking for more, that's the place to look.

      This was a great article with lots of informative videos!

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      Mike Russo 3 years ago from Placentia California

      I built a potting bench out of pallets that turned out really nice. But the one thing that was a lot of work was removing the attaching screws from the pallet slats. They used threaded nails, which are really hard to remove. I had to use a breaker bar and a crowbar to get the nails out with a lot of sweat. So if you get pallets, make sure they do not have threaded nails.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Finally here and will admit that I am a bit behind getting things ready for tomorrow and back to school for Emma, but just wanted to stop by say hi, as well as tell you sharing with my dear old dad for sure! Thanks Bill and Happy Tuesday!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Sally! You are thinking smart and practical. We have one of those, and it is so cool to walk out your door, never bend over, clip off some mint, and walk back into the kitchen. Like going to the grocery store without leaving your home. :)

      I hope you are having a marvelous day my friend. Thank you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Kim!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Billy

      I would love to have a little pallet garden which will allow me to plants straight rows of veg without ever having to weed between the rows. I have seen some amazing ideas on Pinterest - just wonderful, some people even make drawers to put into the slots and then stack them one upon the other. I love all these ideas which make it cheaper to live and to eat. I also love the idea of a vertical herb garden just outside my kitchen window, imagine I would not even have to bend to clip off the herbs for dinner!!

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      kimmie 3 years ago

      Great hub Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, that would be funny if it weren't sad. I can't imagine throwing fencing or bricks in the dump. That is such a foreign concept to me....what the hell? I could use that stuff for my projects over and over again. Throwaway society? Oh, you bet we are.

      Thanks my friend. I hope the weather is cooling down a bit for ya.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, isn't it funny, but I don't remember that, so no, we have no name. I'll have to ask Bev and she can fixate on that for awhile. LOL....anyway, thank you for always being here my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great idea, PS, about the bamboo and the pallets. Hey, I'm looking for some bamboo...send some my way, please. :)

      Good to see you, PS.....hoping to see more of you.

      blessings and a hug winging their way eastward

      bill

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Bill, great advice as always. I occasionally have to haul a truckload of "stuff" to our local landfill. There are signs posted everywhere that it is illegal, immoral, and a major sin to haul anything away from this dump site. Yet there will be stacks of pallets, piles of really great naturally weathered lumber, bricks, concrete blocks, fence wire, and many other items that could be reused around the farm.

      One time I parked right next to 4 large rolls of chainlink fencing someone had thrown away. After I unloaded my truck I couldn't resist and I loaded the fencing on my truck.

      But I got caught when I went to pay my bill. It seems my truck weighed more when I was leaving than when I arrived. The guy who collects the money was nice about it, but made me go unload the fencing back where I found it. He also agreed this is a terrible waste but there was nothing he could do about it.

      I guess we really are a throw-away society now and that is sad.