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Wooden Pallet Projects For The Frugal Homeowner

Updated on January 26, 2014

Open Your Mind

It is time to toss aside pre-conceived notions. Frugal living is all about practicality, and most definitely about using free stuff whenever possible, and today we are going to discuss the various uses of the under-appreciated wooden pallet.

You have all seen them, stacked up behind most grocery stores, or for that matter behind any store that receives product via a semi-struck. Often, after a brief discussion with the store owner, you can haul off those pallets at no cost, and when that happens, a new world of possibilities has opened its door to you.

For those of you who are now shaking your heads, just be patient and be willing to listen for a second. Open your mind and consider the information you are about to read; take a look at the pictures if you need further convincing.

Logic will tell you that wooden pallets are made of quality wood. We know this because of the heavy loads they carry, and the fact that often they have to sit outside in all kinds of weather. Thus, they are the perfect building material for all sorts of projects, some of which I am going to show you now.

There are two ways to do any of these projects. One way is a lot of work, and that involves taking each pallet apart and using just the slats to build with. Silly process if you ask me! The other way involves building with the pallet intact, and that is the simplest way and thus the way I will discuss in this article.

Pallets come in several sizes, from 36”x36”’ to the common rectangle pallet which is 48”x40”. The ideas I am about to share with you can be done using any size of pallet; however, if possible, the 48”x40” is the best and the strongest.

So sit back, toss aside your skepticism for awhile, and enter with me into a brand new world, one fueled by the concept of frugal living; one fueled by the ingenuity of necessity.

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Making a Fence

This is an incredibly easy project to complete, and it takes no carpentry skills at all. All you need is a screwdriver and some screws; the pallets, of course, are free.

As you can see from the picture, if you take two pallets and stand them side by side, and insert another pallet in-between them, perpendicular to those first two, you will have one section of fence. Screw the three together, and then continue the process until your fence is completed. Please note there is no need for fence posts; the perpendicular pallets provide all the support and stability.

This is a great solution for a small animal enclosure, and it is strong enough, literally, to pen pigs and withstand their constant bumping and pushing. If you choose to skip the perpendicular pallet, then fence posts will be needed for support, but seriously, that sounds, to this guy, like way too much work, and I'm all about simple. Besides, fence posts cost money!

Making a Chicken Coop or Dog House

Step by step instructions can be found elsewhere…..let me summarize quickly. Using a pallet as flooring, and using four pallets for the framing of the walls, you can literally frame your chicken coop in half an hour. You will then need to fasten plywood for the walls, and cut out a door for the chickens (or dog) to enter, but this requires minimal skills to do. That leaves you a roof to design; preferably it will be sloped and remember that the simpler the better. A piece of plywood and some roofing shingles should do the trick. We used an old pickup truck canopy for ours.

Building a shed from pallets

Making a Play House or Shed


There is no room in this article for detailed instructions on how to do this, but you can watch the video to find out how, and check out the picture for proof that it is possible and easy.

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wall decor | Source
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functional table | Source
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vertical garden | Source
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futon | Source
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2 pallets for a chair | Source

Making Furniture

The possibilities are practically endless when making furniture out of pallets. Take a look at the pictures and you will get a feel for how easy this is. Two pallets on top of each other make a great couch or futon frame. Paint it, add a mattress and some pillows, and you will be amazed by how functional it is.

Three or four pallets sitting on top of each other make a perfect table for the living room. Laminate a top, or cut to size some other material to fit your needs and taste. The pallets provide great storage in their slots for magazines or board games.

Use two pallets to make a chair, very similar in style to an Adirondack chair, and all you are looking at is several screws, two pallets, and a brace cut to size.

Let your imagination run wild with this furniture idea; if you can imagine it you can make it.

Making a Vertical Garden

Are you ready? Here is the skill you will need….stand the pallet up on end, attach some sort of garden netting on one side, and fill it with dirt. Plant your seedlings and watch them grow.

I know; it seems too easy, but that’s all there is to it. Paint it some funky colors and you have a great addition to any patio or deck.

Garden Box

The ultimate frugal raised flower bed, this requires screwing four pallets together in the shape of a box or rectangle. Add dirt and plant!

Compost Bin

If you can screw four pallets together in the shape of a box, you can make a compost bin. It needs no top, but you may consider putting a lid on it (another pallet) to keep raccoons and other critters out of it.

If you really want to get fancy, make the front wall removable so that shoveling and turning over the compost is an easier task.

What do you think? Can you see yourself building one of these?

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Endless Possibilities

Really, the only thing holding you back is your pre-conceived notion about pallets. Are they attractive? Well, with a coat of paint, to my eye they look like any other building material or piece of avant-garde furniture. Are they functional? Most definitely! Are they sturdy? You better believe it! If they can hold thousands of pounds of product they can stand up to anything you have planned for them.

Listen, this is about frugal living. If you keep your eyes open you can pick up as many pallets as you want for free. If you use them outdoors they will last you five or more years, and if you paint them with an outdoor finish, you will get ten or more years out of them, and it is all free! Did I mention they are free!

Other possible projects might include a firewood shed, livestock feeder, dinner table, bookshelf, wall décor, or a hanging swing. Remember that imagination plus Yankee ingenuity equals genius!

I have just touched on the ideas I thought of in a half hour of brainstorming. Now it’s your turn! What uses can you think of?

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bredies, you stated it perfectly...it makes it palatable. There is still the matter of originally cutting down the resources, but that's a whole new battle that we can tackle some other day. :) Thank you!

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      Lawrence Bredenkamp 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Great ideas. Very practical too.

      It's a pity that we so often overlook the obvious to impress others with our "bought" items. Brand names springs to mind as a senseless waste of money for appearance sake.

      Reusing pallets makes the cutting down of our resources a bit more "palatable".

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Express, thank you and I'm glad you liked them. We just built our chicken coop today using pallets. Looks great!

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      This is an extremely useful and smart hub. I'd imagined that you could use the wood for planter boxes or storage but these ideas and the photos are so far over and above this. Thanks so much for sharing these ideas.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ketage, I'm glad you liked it. Pretty cool stuff, huh?

      Thank you!

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      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

      Fantastic ideas of what to do with pallets, voted up interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Adam, the patio idea is something to consider. I'm sure it would work but it would require reinforcement, like you said, by adding more planks. The coffee table is very easy; give it a try. :)

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      Adam Słucki 4 years ago from Poland

      Great ideas! Once, I wanted to build patio using pallets, but I was doubting if it will be solid enough. The pallets I've seen were really bad quality and even though weren't for free! Second thing is that it would be necessary to add more planks to fill the gaps. Now I see that coffee table would be something worth to consider! ;)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Becky, the beauty of pallets is that most of the construction is already done by the pallet itself. All you have to do is screw them together into the shape you want. Doghouse, chicken coop, shed....it's all a matter of stacking and screwing together. :) Thank you!

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      billybuc,

      Imma ground myself from your hubs here. You have my brain running off on all kinds of pallet projects and I still have many left unfinished regular life projects. The shed was to cool tho I must admit....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eileen, for sure. The solid one are made of excellent wood...they have to be to carry that much weight. You are right about varnishing them. :) Thank you!

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      Eileen Hughes 4 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great article, I wrote one about using these many moons ago too. But I was only thinking of using it as building type use. By that I mean taking the pallets apart.

      I love your ideas for using them as a whole piece this is great. There should be more of it. Polished and varnished it brings out the true colors and grains in the timber too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I wonder how many of us used those spools? I know I did, and my respect for you just grew, and I didn't think that was possible. :) Thank you dear lady; wishing you a pleasant evening in Florida.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Great ideas, Bill! I love the vertical garden! When I was young and first on my own, I couldn't afford furniture. One way I would improvise is by picking up a dicarded spool by the local electric company or an electrician's warehouse, stant it on end, drape it with a cloth and voila! Instant coffee table!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shelley, best of all, they are all very easy to make. Thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed this hub.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Love the veritable army of ideas to make use of the lowly pallet. The vertical garden in innovative and my best is the outdoor furniture. Up, interesting, useful and beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aurelio, I can tell you that these ideas definitely work because I have done many of them. Next up for me is the chicken coop. Thank you my friend and good of you to drop by.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What clever ideas. We see these around all the time piled at garbage cans and now you've provided ways to use them. My favorites are the outdoor furniture ideas. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hyphenbird, I am so happy that these will work for you. Thank you for the visit and good luck with these; I think you will be pleased with the results.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      These are great ideas for reclaiming pallets. You are so cool! Last summer my son in law found some pallet style crates discarded by a machine shop. We made container gardens out of them and it worked so well. I am going to use pallets next summer for raised garden beds. Thanks for the tips and wonderful ideas. I love the table idea.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      alifeofdesign, I hope they do too, because they are so very simple to make.

      Thank you for visiting once again; you are appreciated!

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      Graham Gifford 4 years ago from New Hamphire

      Love the idea of repurposed pallets. My favorite-vertical gardens. I've done a few before and they are wonderful!

      I like how you have outlined so many ideas for anyone new to repurposed crafting. Of course, pallets are perfect for composting, so I really like that idea, as well. I hope folks try one or two of these ideas.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, let's not get carried away....LOL....me, crafty?????

      Thank you my dear!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! I am really impressed. I would say this is pretty crafty. I love these ideas!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, thank you! We just made a pallet run today and got quite a load. Now to find the time to do something with them. :) It always comes down to time, doesn't it?

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Great ideas for some frugal projects, Bill! I love the idea of building some utilitarian items around the house with free or cheap wood from palettes. Those who might have access to palettes brought from overseas might even find some exotic woods. We once met a man at a craft show who got all his wood for beautiful cutting boards from wooden palettes. Great hub, voted up and pinned!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene my friend, it is always nice to hear from you. I was actually thinking of you when I posted this hub; I had the feeling you would find something in it that you would like.

      Thank you as always; I hope all is well in California!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I like all of your ideas. And, you know me... if it's free, I'm all in! I'm looking seriously at the chicken coop. I love that idea. I'm going to start collecting my pallets right away. You are so right about paint. A little paint and even the simplest project comes to life. Thank you for all of your wonderful tips.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rmcleve, thank you! Don't feel alone; most people never think to use them for anything other than transport or firewood. Thank you for the visit!

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      Rachael Cleveland 4 years ago from Woodbridge, VA

      Love it! I've been very interested in the use of pallets in anything other than, you know, mass transportation of goods. Fantastic ideas here!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mark! The furniture thing is something I came across about six months ago, and I, too, was quite surprised.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Great tips Bill, I never would have thought of using them for furniture.

      Great job!

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I'm glad you like the furniture. I think most people are a bit surprised when they see what you can make with these pallets.

      Thank you as always and have a great weekend!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Well, Bill, you could do an entire show on HGTV with your ideas and it would be a hit! I love the outdoor furniture idea, this is really a nice save on the lumber but such a great decor idea. Can't wait to see what else you can share.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, they really are easy. I truly am not gifted with carpentry but these take so little talent to do.....I would think the vertical garden would look quite nice on your patio. :) Thank you my dear and enjoy your weekend. My love to you and Dai!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, you are an Irish doll and I greatly appreciate you. If I ever get over to Europe you and I and Bev will have many laughs together. Thank you so much for the sharing and I will return the favor soon. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cloverleaffarm, I love the vertical gardens too; there is a school in Brooklyn that makes them and has their own business....they really are quite pretty, especially with trailing plants or vines. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin....LOL....great line and I understand completely. Thank you on this soggy Saturday!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful share here Billy I am saving into my most useful hubs. Amazing and you do indeed make it sound so easy. Dai is a great DIY man so you never know your ideas may very well take off in our abode. Thanks for sharing Billy and have a great weekend.

      Eddy

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi DIY Bill!

      Wow, what a brilliant subject, great ideas that all look fab! Loved the table, futon, vertical planter . . .walls, chicken coop . . incredibly creative and going to link it to my gardening free hub and more! VU, more, sharing and pinning!

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      Healing Herbalist 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      What a great hub. I love seeing all the ways you can use an old pallet. I have friends that use them for their animals. The furniture is great! The vertical garden would make a great privacy barrier...hmmm. That gives me an idea. Thanks for sharing.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      When I was into building my own, it would have been more frugal just to go out and buy it. :))

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Becky, pallets would be perfect.....just a few screws and a coat of paint or finish and you are ready to go.

      Thank you my friend; have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi, I'm glad you stopped by too, as I always am. Hopefully these ideas work out for you.

      Have a wonderful weekend and I hope that big storm didn't do too much damage.

      Thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I'm glad you enjoyed these ideas. For sure, keep those pallets next time.

      Have a great weekend!

      bill

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      This is so cool! I didn't know making stuff out of pallets was a thing. What a great idea! I think I would like to make a mattress platform. I don't like sleeping up high, so we keep our mattress on the floor. Raising it about six inches or so would be nice. Thanks for another great one, Billy!

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Bill,

      You are a Frugal Genius---and I really enjoyed this hub. I like the outdoor furniture. I voted awesome and useful and Tweeted to my followers.

      I glad I had time to visit tonight---I always learn something from you.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I just put down hardwood flooring last year when i bought my home. I ordered the flooring from Sams and it was shipped via trucking. The wood was stacked on pallets, I foolishly put them out for the trash pickup, next time I will know to keep them..Thank you for great ideas..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Steph! I know, most people think I'm crazy when I talk them about this....until they see the pictures, and realize how easy it is. :) I'm glad you liked it and thank you for the share.

      Have a great weekend!

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      Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Bill, what a great hub! At first, I was thinking... oh yeah, I know about several ideas for used pallet construction projects. But I am totally loving the chair idea and the chicken coop idea! Rated up, as always and sharing. Best to you, Steph

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I would say you are as ready as you can be. Best of luck to you and I'll be glad when this one is past all of you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, thank you! I have lived a lot of years and listened to a lot of people; I just have one of those minds that snares trivial facts and remembers them. :)

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Some really wonderful, useful and practical ideas. Very frugal ones for sure, Bill. I really wonder where you get these amazing ideas from?

      Voting it up and across and sharing.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Thanks Billy, I have filled my water jugs for drinking water; a large bucket for washing our hands and have set out 5 gal. buckets to catch the 3" to 5" of rain they predict, so I can flush the toilets. Today I made a bunch of food to go with whatever I cook on the wood stove. I also bought more lamp oil and have lined up all my candles and mirrors for reflecting the light. But you know, nothing beats the electric light bulb for sewing or working sudoku puzzles! Keep your fingers crossed and thanks.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you like the idea, Mary, and you are right, they are heavy! Thank you for the visit my friend, and have a great weekend.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I have used these pallets for many things, but I love your idea of using one for plants. I like that idea a lot. They are just so heavy for me to handle. I have to get my son in law to lend a hand.

      Great Hub. I voted it UP, etc.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith! Myz is a good one for sure, and a real sweetheart for a fact!

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend, and thank you for always being here!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amazingly, Kris, some people just burn them for firewood, which I always thought was a shame. All that good wood for building just burning up. Not this boy!

      Thank you and have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Pearl! Some of these I have done; some I will do, and a couple ideas I didn't mention are floating around in my brain. So glad you liked it; stay safe with that storm heading your way, and thank you again!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Christy! Have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fiddleman, for sure, the old ones were made of great oak lumber. Thanks for adding to the conversation with that idea and stay safe with that storm heading your way.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill,

      Interesting ideas. I've always wanted to make one of those vertical gardens. I've seen them doing it on HGTV. They are lovely. Furniture is nice too. Good recycling and going green once again. I think you follow Unknown Spy, as she is just flat-out awesome at going green all the way. Great job Bill.

      Have a lovely night. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      I love the furniture ideas! I know a neighboring business that just leaves their palates out for anyone to come pick up and I always wondered what someone might do with them (they always disappear within days)...now I know! Very cool hub.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Okay Billy, this is the best one yet! I love the pallet fence idea--I could even do that one; the compost bin is at the top of my to do list, and that vertical garden idea is a close second. All wonderfully creative and frugal ideas. It's official--you're a genius! Voted Up across the board and pinned. Bravo!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The table is a great idea! Good work here Bill

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      Robert Elias Ballard 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Excellent write. I worked for GE Outdoor Lighting and we went through many wooden pallets before the company began using synthetic made pallets. The old wooden pallets found their way to wood piles and one of my co-workers pulled all the nails out and made some of the best looking paneling for his living room. Good oak lumber.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Julie! The beauty of these ideas is that if I can do them anyone can do them. :) Good luck with that incoming storm!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Peggy, you picked the easiest of the lot; tack some netting on one side, fill it with dirt, and enjoy! Thank you my friend, and have a great weekend.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      This is such a cool idea for a hub. You are rocking your niche!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      What an ingenious hub! It does seem a shame not to use the wood from pallets in some manner and your hub is filled with great ideas. I liked all of the ideas but the one that struck my fancy was the upright garden which would be fun to have. Keep them coming! Up votes and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, I know, and stay safe. Now that I have writing friends on the east coast, I pay close attention to the weather in that area....I hope things aren't as bad as they predict. Anyway, thank you my dear; I probably should have posted this in the spring but I just couldn't keep it to myself any longer. :)

      Best wishes this weekend and early next week, and I will tell Bev you sent your regards.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nell! I would have loved to know your grandfather. Necessity is always the best teacher. :) I hope you have a lovely weekend in the UK!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy - I hope you do not grow too weary when I say "I use them as well" and maybe it has something to do with growing up in the country but I USE THEM AS WELL. Although I have to say, our use is strictly for pallets. How endlessly creative that noggin of yours is. I never thought to recycle these free gems. We get ours from a warehouse in the area and they are happy to rid themselves of the old and broken ones. I will be putting some ideas of yours to use next Spring. Although with the weather predictions facing us in Upstate, NY I will be using them as their first purpose, a pallet. Flooding is on its way.

      Always a helpful hub Billy.

      Regards to Bev and yourself. XO

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi billy, such great ideas, my grandfather was a dab hand with the pallets, he made a garden seat, a stand for all of his work tools and quite a lot of bits and pieces around the home, its amazing how much can be achieved by spotting something and using it when most people cast it aside as rubbish, nice one! voted up! nell

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolly, evidently Home Depot still has those skids, and they throw them away. Another Hubber was telling me that she goes to HD once a week and gets them for free, and uses them for craft projects. Great idea and now I'm going to see if I can find some.

      Thanks my friend; I hope you are surviving the snowstorm all warm and cozy!

      peace always,

      bill

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... years ago if you paid attention some pallets came with skids of hardwood. As an old woodcarver I would take them and mill them down and do relief carvings with them... small woodworking projects like jewellery cases etc can be made beautiful...

      Hugs

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, I'm so glad that you kept reading. :) Thank you and I hope you are able to use some of these ideas. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, these ideas are just too good to keep to myself. I love pallets...I love living frugally....and thank you my friend. Best of luck with that storm heading your way, and have a great weekend.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      This is amazing, Bill! I was one of those people "shaking their heads" at first. Then I kept reading! Wow am I glad I did! What beautiful, creative ideas! Up and useful! thank you!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      So funny, but real! These tips are the real deal away from Hoem depot and those credit cards. You did good my friend!. Loved the videos and that bed! You always enlightening our frugal existence!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, with a little primer and paint, they can look every bit as good as any other piece of furniture. I love working with them.

      Thank you for the visit!

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Bill, another excellent hub. I love the wall decor pallets and table. I always thought of pallets as junk but not anymore! Voted up and useful:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle! I'll be by to see your new hub shortly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, we can still get them for free if we keep our eyes open....thank you and have a great weekend!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Fantastic ideas. When I was living in DE, I knew a man that sold them for $5.00 each.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Great tips to use, reuse and recycle. Frugal too. Great write, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sg, I love it! Get those ideas down on paper; spring will be here soon enough. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My Minds Eye, maybe I shouldn't have posted this...there won't be any pallets left for me to find. LOL Glad you liked this and yes, I have seen a video of a home being built from pallets.

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      My Minds Eye53 4 years ago from Tennessee

      You can actually learn how to build a house from pallets on-line. I have run across the information in searches for other things.

      Great hub, will keep my eye out for pallets.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      You have some great ideas here! I love the outdoor table, especially on rollers! I am always looking for some type of table to put outside in different areas of my hard. This would be great! I can paint them different colors and make chairs to match! Oh! I am getting excited now. Wish you had published this early spring! LOL I am voting this up, useful and pinning! I'm getting more ideas, gotta go, writing them down! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, what am I to do without a hub from you? Yes, real work.....well, have a great day and best of luck with that storm. Sending you a hug, and I'll get busy on that pallet house for you! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, great idea! They are so functional and easy to work with. I love it! Thanks for the visit!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I am always on the lookout for nice pallets! I have a couple little ones stashed under my table right now waiting for me to have the time to create something with them. I think I'll use them to make displays for my products at an upcoming craft fair.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill, you are so precious. I'd take a pallet house in your backyard over the finest hotels anywhere. Seriously. The storm...ah yes...Sandy. I've got one eye on HubPages and one on the weather. Can't control either one. lol

      This storm is worrisome. I live about 3 hours from the coast but it sounds as if wind is going to be a problem. I just pray that people are listening and doing what they can to prepare. This one could be mean. You and Bev have a great weekend. No writing for me today, I don't think. Gotta get busy and get some real work done. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, for sure, oak is the way to go. For our outdoor projects I don't much care, but indoors, for sure, oak.....well, maybe for the wall decor it wouldn't make much difference if you painted it funky colors. Anyway, thanks for your comment and for adding to the ideas. Have a great weekend in Arkansas!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rich and it really is so very easy! I don't know what your skills are, but mine are pretty basic, and I can do all of these projects. :) Thanks again, Rich, and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pete, believe me, I have no carpentry skills, but this is so easy and cheap that even I can do it. Best of luck to you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I was the same way....for years this never dawned on me, and then one day I saw a picture of a futon frame and the light bulb went off overhead and it was like DUH....why didn't I think of that? LOL

      You let me know when you are coming and you'll have a place to stay, and it won't be in the backyard. :)

      Thank you Linda and have a great weekend! I hope that storm leaves you alone.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      By damn, you have done it again. This is awesome. I love the fence. Who knew? lol You have given us some great ideas for recycling and making some great additions to the comforts of home. Build me a house in your backyard. I'm coming to stay! :-)

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Great ideas Bill, I never thought of some of these uses, I love the shelf and the compost idea...hmmm may have a busy weekend lined up. Voted up!