Discarded pallets are a great source of free wood, and turning them into something new helps divert waste from the landfill. Really, building with pallet wood is a win all around!
1. Dismantling Your Pallet
Not all projects call for you to pull the pallets apart, but when they do proper technique will ensure that your wood comes apart unscathed. This short video shows you how to dismantle a pallet in less than seven minutes!
2. Pallet Adirondack Chair
I'm sure you've figured out by now that we're big fans of Shelton Davis around here. His repurposed Pallet Adirondack Chair is sleek, simple, and ingenious! Once you've scored your two pallets, you just need his handy instruction book and you're ready to build.
3. Build Patio Furniture
Over at Apartment Therapy, a reader wrote in with photos and descriptions showing how she used discarded pallets to build custom furniture for her small outdoor deck. The thing I love about this project is that it's so easy to customize for any space!
4. Pallet Furniture from Studio Mama
Designer Nina Tolstrup builds all sorts of beautiful furniture out of pallets, from chairs to ottomans. If you want to get your DIY on, you can even find instructions for some of her furniture, like this crafty stool, on her site!
5. Rolling Coffee Table
Studio 5 has a helpful video showing how to turn a couple of discarded pallets into a coffee table/ottoman combo:
6. Build a Compost Bin
Here's a video showing how to build a three bin compost system using discarded pallets:
7. Pallet and Shingle Cabin
Off Grid Solar Man breaks down how to build a cabin out of pallets. He says, "Pallets are cheap and give good structural support when attached to a 4x4 post set in concrete. Tar paper and shingles are very weather resistant and cheaper than siding. Together they make a very inexpensive home!"
8. Another Pallet Coffee Table
Esprit Cabane has detailed instructions for a building beautiful pallet coffee table. This project is a little bit less simple than the coffee table/ottoman combo above, but it's also much more striking. I love that they added hidden storage and the stripes!
Have you guys built anything cool out of pallets? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!
Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by splorp