Friday, November 11, 2016


 Regular readers know that I have a new favorite place to look for bargains...our downstairs trash area!  Our building has trash chutes on every floor and they feed into a separate room, but for boxes and other things that you can't put in the chute, there is an area (indoors) near the loading dock for people to put things they don't want.  I've found several cool items.

And now I have something new to look for:

Wood Pallet 
Wood pallets!  This is our first ever.  I know there are about a million and one things to do with them.  Now I don't want to end up with a pile of 50 of them rotting away along the fence somewhere, so this first one is in the barn, and I'll get a few more as I find them.  I need to find a project (an EASY one to start).


I'll catch up with comments this weekend, feel a bit like I'm getting a cold, or maybe it's just allergies but after the post election, this cold, and the weather change, just been going to be early each night.


Colleen said...

So many uses for wood pallets. My favorite here is the pallet planter or the workbench as well as the storage unit. I also like the idea of taking the pallets apart and using the boards for making signs.

donna baker said...

That made me smile. We used them to keep hay off the ground so it wouldn't ruin. I sure see a lot of them around though not sure what to be used for.

Anne in the kitchen said...

I have seen and am toying with the idea of using pallets in a checkerboard pattern as a patio base down by the boathouse at the lake place. We need a patio of some sort and free pallets sound much better than spending any money right now.

MargaretP said...

Have fun researching cool ways to use your pallets, lots of the diy shows on Australian tv have great ideas, I'm sure yours do too.
Head that cold off before it gets you......lots of natural vitamin C at least twice a day and some good quality Garlic and Horsradish capsules 2 or 3 times a day, it will really cut down on the misery.
Take it easy and look after yourself, how about a long weekend chilling at the farm, rest up properly and get rid of it quickly.

I have just seen the stats...about half of eligible Americans didn't vote that is truly disturbing when you consider what they may have prevented.

Linda said...

Don't try to take those pallets apart until you look on the internet, youtube, to find the best way. I see a compost bin in your future.

Texas Rose said...

I have seen so many ideas for these wooden pallets on facebook, google, pinterest, etc. I know you'll use your great creativity to make something really cool!

After the turbulence of the past several days, please just take it easy this weekend, rest up, and enjoy some nice down-time with 2nd Man and your fur-babies. Sending warm hugs!

Barbara said...

A friend (more handy at DIY than me) used pallets to make a sofa
and two chairs for their outdoor entertainment area. She had one
little pallet left over and made a coffee table from it. They look
surprisingly good and unpallet like!

Sarah said...

Check Pinterest. I have an entire pallet board. One thing I really want to make in the spring is an outdoor rinse station. You can rinse off all the produce before bringing it in the house and use the run off water in the garden. Pallet, 5 gallon bucket and some pvc....voila!

SmartAlex said...

Pallets are a wonderful, attractive resource. But they can be a booger to take apart. Up here they are made of white oak I think and it is hard stuff! All my memories of pallet projects include busted knuckles and splintered wood. However, if you do end up with a pile of 50 of them they make great campfire material.

KCD said...

One thing to remember, wood used to make pallets is made into pallets for a reason, and that is, it is good for NOTHING else. Mostly, it is good for firewood.

Anonymous said...

You need to be careful what type of pallet wood you are using. Some apparently can be detrimental to your health. Donna from Funky Junk Interiors uses a lot of pallet wood and has written a very comprehensive article on choosing the right type. Here is a link to the article.

Good luck with your project(s)!


George Booth said...

I've used pallets to build a compost bin out by my storage building. I've also used them to build a ramp into my storage building to store my riding mower. There are hundreds of uses for them!

Janice said...

There are so many uses for pallets especially on acreages, farms etc. Here the big box stores put them out by their garbage bins and people can help themselves. They don't last very long!

Sandy said...

1st Man,

One never knows what you'll find in the garbage.
There's so much you can make with wood pallets.

Anonymous said...

Apparently there can be some safety issues with the wood of some pallets. Donna of Funky Junk Interiors has written a very comprehensive article on choosing pallet wood safely for interior and exterior use. She also has built numerous projects using pallet wood.

Link to article:


Birdie said...

I was just at Liv's blog at A Slice of Life and came here.

My husband, bless his thrifty heart, retired 2 years ago and now spends his time on Craigslist and Kijiji looking for free stuff. When he goes out he finds stuff on the side of the road. I know he hides most of it in the shed. There is no talking to him. He is like my dad that way. Sometimes when we are home he shoots up and tells me that he has to run errands. I don't even have to ask anymore if he has found something for free online and has 5 minutes to get there before it is given to the next person. He always arrives home and goes to the shed to hide his treasure. He thinks I don't know what he is up to.