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How to Build Cheap Fence Out of Pallets

Updated on October 21, 2013

Pallet Shed

Visit Johns blog to see how he built this shed and get other project ideas with free pallets.
Visit Johns blog to see how he built this shed and get other project ideas with free pallets. | Source


You can build a fence almost for free. If you are just a little bit handy. You can build a simple but good looking and sturdy fence. You can also build a wood pallet fence for your garden. You can build a wood pallet fenced in area for your animals. You can build a wood pallet fence for your childs playground in your yard.

Wood Pallet Fence

How to Build a Wood Pallet Fence

The fence in the video is 35" foot long. The total cost was to build this wood pallet fence was $31.45. The fence is 90% made from free wood pallets. If you like the fence in the video but you want to fence in a bigger area. You can figure about how much money you will need to complete your wood pallet fence by measuring the area you plan to fence.

You will need a gate kit. Which comes with the hinges and the latch and screws. I recommend using screws to assemble your wood pallet fence. You can use nails but nails can split the wood and nails are not as good as to hold the fence slats on over time.

If you do use nails I recommend you wear safety glasses. A lot of times when you try to drive the nail in the wood pallets. The nail will bounce out and could poke you in the eye.

You can save money on the post by using two 2x4's from the frame of the pallets by screwing them together to make a post. If you want your fence to be taller. You will either have to purchase fence post or find bigger pallets.

You can look on the Internet to get ideas and "how to instructions" for building your fence. Hopefully you will already have plenty of screws or nails in your shed to save you even more money.

You will have to spend money on cement but luckily cement is cheap. Note if you can't get all the pallets you need at one time. Just get enough pallets to use for the gate entry your starting point. You can keep adding pallets as you can find your pallets.

You Will Need:

  • Circular Saw
  • Cordless Drill
  • Measuring Tape
  • A little math.
  • A Bubble Level
  • Two boxes of screws or nails 3' and 1 1/4".
  • Wood Pallets

Step 1

Collect your free wood pallets. Disassemble your pallets. Purchase your supplies and bring them to the work area where you plan to start building your fence.

Step 2

Measure your entry way first where your gate will be located. Measure the gateway to make sure your lawn mower can easily enter the gate.

Step 3

Dig your 2 holes for your gate fence post 1Ft 1/2 to 2ft. Deep.

Step 4

Mix cement. Put fence post in holes. Add mixed cement. Use leveler to make the fence post level. Let the cement dry completely.

Step 5

Measure outwards from gate fence post from both sides of your gate. Measure from gate fence post outward 8 feet to dig next hole. Your fence posts do not have to be as deep as the holes for your gate post. You should put the rest of your post a foot deep.

Step 6

Mount your two support beams across. Connect the post together with your 2x4x8 support beams.

Step 7

Screw your pickets on your support beams.

Repeat step 6 and 7 until you have the whole area fenced. If you like the fence to look as what you see in the video on both sides just simply screw pickets on the other side of support beam. For more privacy stagger the picket where the openings are on the other side of fence so that it covers the openings..

More Wood Pallet Ideas

Make Chicken Coops with Free Wood for Profit

Making chicken coops and doghouses is just a few ways to make extra income from free wood pallets. You can get design ideas for chicken coops or watch a video of a man build a doghouse out of pallets.

How to Make Your Raised Garden Bed for Free

You can also make a great raised garden for free using wood pallets.

How to Build a Shed Out of Free Pallets

You can build a shed or workshop of your dreams out of old pallets for a fraction of the price. Not only will you be benefiting from using these pallets for your shed. You will stop perfectly good wood from going in landfills.

Here's Another Pallet Fence Idea (View the photo below)

Find out how John built his free pallet fence. Great photo illustrations.

Here's Another Pallet Fence Idea

Here is a fence that's made out of free pallets.
Here is a fence that's made out of free pallets. | Source


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    • Rusticliving profile image

      Liz Rayen 

      6 years ago from California

      Hi tamron. I Love this hub a lot! It's quite amusing to me how pallets were so easy to come by. In fact, you could find them anywhere and get them for free. Now that people have discovered the many different things you can create with pallets, now all of a sudden, you have to buy them (unless you have a friend who has a friend who knows someone who can get them for free *lol*) I use pallets to create deck furniture. They give a rustic look and I can't make them fast enough during the summer. I love the fence idea. I also saw someone use the back side of a pallet where they hung it on their wall in their back yard and created an herb planter. Great hub and ideas! Thanks for sharing. Voted up+UABI and definitely shared!--- Lisa

    • tamron profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      I can imagine! You party animal you! I bet wooden pallets looked great around the sauna.

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      7 years ago

      Great hub, very well laid out and easy to follow. Should save folks a lot of money if they are just a little bit handy. If you can believe it I once built an outdoor sauna from pallets! Boy, had some nice parties in that, :)

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      Heidi Dawn Medina 

      7 years ago from Denver, CO

      Nice job on finding a way to reuse pallets, good detail for anyone wanting to build one of these :) I saw one of these in a neighborhood close by that was the fencing for horses, it looked great. I personally have reused pallets to create more growing space on my balcony and I will say for everyone to screw them together instead of even thinking of nailing because the wood gets so dried out and hard, nailing is asking to get hurt.

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      Jake Frost 

      7 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Sounds good, I might have to try this

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      Redberry Sky 

      7 years ago

      Wow, that's a strong fence if you can use it to pen animals. I don't think my own skills are quite as good as yours (you're an incredibly practical person) but your instructions to build this fence are very simple and clear, so I should be able to make a fence that will give some privacy and security at least! voted up, awesome, and shared :)

    • tamron profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      I had some kind of vine that took over my chain link fence. Which would have been great if my fence was taller.

      Since my fence was not designed for privacy the vine was not any use for us and besides that every-time I weed eater around the fence. The vines would tangle up in the weed-eater.

      I built a pin for my hogs with pallets. The fence was not as fancy as the one in the video but served its purpose.

      I also built a closed in fence for my caves for the winter to keep the northern air from freezing them to death.

      So ya using pallets is not only cheap/free but they serve many purposes.

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      Redberry Sky 

      7 years ago

      You've absolutely read my mind by writing this just now, Tamron! My garden has a huge out-of control hedge around the perimeter that I've been saying for ages and ages I'll get rid of and replace with a fence, but the cost has always put me off. But now I know I can do it quite cheaply, I'm going to try to tackle it before the summer's out! Cheers for the information and motivation, you're a star! :)


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