Friday, April 27, 2012

ReUse... pallets!

One of my top favorite things to do is to use reclaimed materials. And the best way I have found to do this is with used pallets. Now, they are a PAIN to work with and take a lot of time to cut or disassemble, but in the end you can end up with a very inexpensive shelf or piece of furniture. Really the only costs that go into working with pallet wood are the cost of your blades (cause they really eat up blades),  screws or nails, plus any finishing materials like sandpaper plus paint or stain. Here are a few examples of things that I have made on the cheap with pallet wood!

Below are examples of a few different variations of shelves and some different uses.

 Here is a bench that sits at the end of our drive. Perfect for waiting on the bus.

 Below is a pallet crate.
I've used these in the past as a book shelf hung on the wall and also as a crate to hold fire wood.

I love this planter box!

And here are two simple little bird houses made using only scrap wood.  

Thanks for looking! Feel free to pin. ;) And as always, search keyword "pallet" on for more great ideas!

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