Recycling Wood Pallets
How To Recycle Wood Pallets
I love to do wood projects that are fun and recycling wood pallets is one of my favorite ways to find wood for my projects.
It wasn't always that way though. There were times when I went to the big box home improvement store and purchased new lumber for my projects. If you've bought any new wood lately, you'll know that it isn't cheap! I knew that if I could find a source for used wood I could cut the cost down considerably.
I was lucky to find a new source and it was free! You can't beat free! I had noticed that there were a lot of stores and shops in my area that had wood skids laying around outside their property. I asked around and found out that most of this old lumber was just disposed of in the garbage. What a terrible waste. Here's some ideas on how to recycle wood pallets and ideas for projects.
Finding Pallets To Recycle
Salvaging Wood Skids
It's actually not hard to find the skids. Most businesses have their products shipped and delivered on them. What are they doing with them after the product has been delivered to the store? Nothing. They are going to the landfill.
All you need to do is visit a few stores and look around the property to see if they have any used pallets. Most likely you will find some right away. Then you just need to ask them what they do with the pallets. Many business will say they just dispose of the pallets. If that's the answer then you can offer to take the pallets for them. Many business owners will jump at the chance to get rid of them free of charge because they are an eyesore and costly for them to dispose of.
You may run across a few stores that say they re-use the old pallets, but don't be discouraged. There will be other businesses around that will want to get rid of their pallets and will be happy to offer them to you.
Easy Projects With Wood Pallets - Repurpose Them, Don't Throw Them Out
You'll find lots of projects for reusing wooden pallets in this book by Chris Gleason. Learn how to construct a toolbox, a birdhouse, and even a ukulele.
How I Found Lumber For Free
Finding Cheap Wood
I approached a few of the businesses and asked them if I could take their discarded pallets for them. It was a win win situation for both of us. I got an endless source of wood and the stores saved money because they didn't have to pay to remove the garbage. Of course, the environment also won as the waste timber didn't have to go to the landfill site and there were trees being saved because I didn't have to buy new lumber.
Another advantage of reclaiming them is that you also are getting some lumber that has been weathered and aged, and some that is still new and yellow. If they have been outside in the weather for a long period of time, they will look like old barn wood. Some of the lumber is very rough looking and might be perfect for the design of your project.
Wood Pallet Projects - Make Something Out of Wood Pallets
- Over 50 Wood Pallet Ideas
Plenty of inspiration here for turning wood pallets into furniture and art. Lots of really unusual ideas. Wood pallets used as wall paneling, headboards, picture frames, shelving, potting bench, and room dividers.
- Pallet Bookshelf
Turn a generic bookshelf into stunning décor by adding a wood pallet back.
- Amazing Projects Using Wood Pallets
Lots of ideas for reusing wood pallets here. Some of these projects don't require taking the pallets apart.
Recycled Wood Pallet Project Book - New Uses for Old Timber
Lots of wooden pallet projects from Joe Jacobs. Learn what kind of pallet to look for, and build projects like fences, chairs, planters, tables, and indoor and outdoor furniture. An inspiring book for anyone looking for wooden pallet projects.
What To Do With Old Wood Pallets?
...no fear, I will show you
Once you've found a supply of wood pallets that you can recycle, the next steps are simple. You'll need to break the wood skids apart into pieces that you can use for your wood projects.
You'll have to take care not to splinter the pieces of wood as you disassemble the pallets. There are many staples and nails so exercise care while doing this. The nails and staples are very sharp and can cut or poke you. Please be careful.
Tools You Will Need - Wood Pallet Recycling
Some of the tools that you will need for wood pallet recycling are a hammer, nail puller and safety glasses. Be patient as it takes a while at first to dismantle the pallets, but with practice it becomes easier to take the wood skids apart.
How To Dismantle A Wood Pallet
This video shows you how to take apart an old wood pallet.
Large Recycled Wood Pallet Projects
Don't want to take the time to take apart the pallets? These projects use the wood pallets with little to no dismantling required. Build a pallet fence or even a house!
Smaller Recycled Wood Pallet Projects
These projects are small wood projects you can make from old wood pallets. They're a bit more detailed and require a bit of work to take the pallets apart, but the effort is worth it!
Recycling Wood Pallets For Extra Money
Turn a Hobby into a Business
Want to make some extra cash Recycling Wood Pallets? It's possible!
If you make some of these projects out of recycled wood pallets you can sell them. Since the wood is free, and you'll have an minimal investment in materials (hardware, nails, screws, stain, paint, etc.) the projects are almost all profit. Turn an enjoyable hobby into a business and make some extra money.
It's also possible to make some money by repairing the pallets and then selling them back to the companies that use them. You can charge a flat fee, You'll just need to have the contacts and a supply of older broken pallets that you can use to repair the newer ones. All you need to do is take apart the older pallets so you'll have the replacement pieces to repair the pallets. Then you can return them for a profit!
The possibilities are endless and with a little imagination you'll come up with many different ways for repurposing wood pallets and maybe bring in some extra income for you and your family!