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Old 10/28/11, 08:43 PM
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Craigslist score!!! Need ideas...

Tuesday hubby is going to take the trailer and get a load of free pallets! They were posted on Craigslist and the guy told me they have 4x8 to 5x12 pallets, plus he'll load them!

Hubby is already planning to make a three sided shelter for the horses and I'm thinking we could make some great dog houses. He said if he could get enough he could build himself a storage shed.

Any more ideas on how we could use pallets of these sizes?

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Old 10/28/11, 09:02 PM
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I built a potting bench out of pallets, love it! Looking for more so I can (try to) build a kitchen island. And there's a spice rack on the decorating forum I'm going to copy.

All these are pretty small projects though, those are some big pallets you're getting! I have seen a few garden sheds built out of them.

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Lots of people build chicken coops out of them. We have done a dog house & My chickens roost on a pallet leaning up against the barn wall. Also we stack our feed & square bales of hay on pallets.

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deer stand
children's fort
compost bin
planters
planters with a bench in between
mud room bench
patio furniture
mother-in-law quarters or brother-in-law, cousin-in-law ...

seems to me there is a website site for building with pallets do a swag search.


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Here's a bunch of ideas for pallet uses. I like the fence the best

http://www.permies.com/bb/index.php?topic=9929.0

http://www.permies.com/bb/index.php?topic=8617.0

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Old 10/28/11, 10:25 PM
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I get a bunch of free pallets from work all the time. the broken up ones we burn in our fire pit, or in our fireplace sometimes.
in our little 3 sided barn, we used them to frame in and build separate pens for chickens, goats, and bunnies.
we stack our hay, firewood, and bags of feed on them also.
we have a really old building on our property that we are going to take the "barn wood" off and use for craft projects.

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Old 10/28/11, 10:39 PM
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I get pallets from work whenever I find red oak pallets ours are usually 4x4 or so. Some have 1in thick by 6in wide boards the I use my planer to smooth them out make shelves, bird houses and other projects. I am planning on making a worm home out of some to have a large vermiposting station.

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Definitely need a compost bin. My current rabbit pen is built on a pallet, but I could use one of the new pallets to build him a bigger pen.

Thanks for the links and ideas!

Here's a picture of the pallets:

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Old 10/29/11, 01:44 AM
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i have 4 pallets like that and they made a good temp shelter for my sheep while i was building their fence. good score

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12 feet long ? You can build just about anything with that nice of length .Great score !

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I'm using them currently to build a hunting blind in the woods. Now that the season is underway, I'm going to have to wait till it's over to complete it. I'll post pics next spring when it's done. 8x10.

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Old 10/29/11, 05:59 AM
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Nice score there's a ton to do with those. As mentioned I would build a tool shed

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Old 10/29/11, 08:00 AM
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I'd go to www.pinterest.com and type in wood pallet ideas and you'll find some interesting ideas. Good luck!

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Lucky you! Now I have pallet envy!

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Old 10/29/11, 10:10 AM
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I'd go to www.pinterest.com and type in wood pallet ideas and you'll find some interesting ideas. Good luck!

Wow, what a treasure trove! Lots of ideas to steal there.
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Score!

Just this past summer, I've done:

chicken coops
rabbit hutches
goat shed
chicken crates
brooder box

The possibilities are endless!

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Ravenlost,

dh just picked up two trailer loads from there yesterday, lol
wow, are those some sturdy pallets, must weigh about 100lbs each!

We plan to use some of them in the woods for pig fencing along with electric wire.

going to check out some of the links posted to get more ideas..

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Them are nice enough to disassemble. I would break them down and use them as regular lumber.

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kelly, that site is awesome, HUGE thanks for posting it! or maybe not, i'm gonna burn so much time ?!! hahah!

and that fence, yeah! i am wanting to fence off more of our trees for the goats, but dont' have the money for fencing! wahoo, gonna go get pallets. i love that. so that fence, just screwed together, yes? anybody see anything else to know before i go off gathering pallets?

good score op, now i'm jealous! i have an older gal pal who built her goat shed and stalls with pallets, i was amazed.

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We built three huge compost bins out of pallets. Also, we built potting benches and tables: stand two pallets up in between two trees near to each other. We just tied the pallets to the trees. Then, we cut a top out of old plywood, nailed it to make a top. Then we took boards and laid them in the slats and made shelves underneath. They last a long time and are easy to take apart if you need to move it.

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I was able to get some pallets made of oak. I disassembled them and built produce boxes for my daughter to take to market.
I get a call from her. She asks if the boxes are for sale. Needless to say, she sold all six. Had to build more.
Sometimes the wood in them is good straight, clean grain and can be milled down and made into some beautiful interior items like wall shelves. I've also seen a coffee table made with pallet wood.
If your handy at milling and glue up, some intresting patterns can be made for turning on the lathe with the various hardwoods that come in pallets.
Pallets that come from overseas will be made with woods like mahogany or teaque.

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Ravenlost,

dh just picked up two trailer loads from there yesterday, lol
wow, are those some sturdy pallets, must weigh about 100lbs each!

We plan to use some of them in the woods for pig fencing along with electric wire.

going to check out some of the links posted to get more ideas..
I hope y'all left us some! LOL...

If we can get enough I'm thinking they'd be good subflooring for our bonus room over the garage and the attic.
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I would build pens and a milking room in our unfinished barn (unfinished `cause it has no pens or milking room!) and I`d build a few compost bins. and a pig enclosure. and a shelter for them. and an overhang to the goat pen.

Awesome score!!! Oh, and a cabin.

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Ok ,how about picket fences out of the 4 foot long ones ? You could spit a lot of the boards down the middle or whatever size you decide on for width and make a lot of the slats. Perhaps cut a design and paint after .
I am curious could someone tell me what companies receive the 8 and 12 foot long ones ? My local pallett company only works with the 4 foot ones .So ,I need to approach the type of business that uses them.Thanks !

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Use google images to look for ideas. I have a lot more success when I can see a picture before I follow a rabbit trail of links...

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Let's think BIG!

http://greenupgrader.com/2387/recycl...elief-housing/

What a chicken house!!! The Taj Mahal of goat housing.

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Old 11/09/11, 11:19 AM
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just saw this cute pallet idea on pinterest and immediately thought of this thread.

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