How to Make Something Using Wood Pallets

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How to Make Something Using Wood Pallets
Pallets can be used to build all sorts of projects. (boxes and pallets image by timur1970 from

To make something using wood pallets requires an idea and some woodworking tools. Pallets can be found in industrial areas and may even be tossed in dumpsters. Ask permission first--most business owners will be happy for you to haul away the pallets. Find pallets of similar width and length. This makes it easier to work with them when building a project. Pallets provide excellent building material for temporary structures. Building permits should be obtained before you erect permanent structures. Also, get your building plan approved by local authorities when using wood pallets as a building material.

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Things you need

  • 5-foot-long steel posts
  • Wood pallets, 4 feet by 4 feet
  • Steel wire
  • Paint
  • Stain
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller
  • Wood pallet, 4 feet by 4 feet
  • 4 posts, 12 feet long
  • Hammer
  • Box of 3-inch nails
  • 16 guardrails, 4 feet long
  • Wood pallets, 4 feet by 4 feet
  • 4-foot-wide by 8-foot long sheets of particle board or plywood
  • Box of 2-inch wood screws
  • Electric screw gun
  • Carpet or tiles
  • 5 wood pallets, 4 feet by 4 feet
  • Cardboard
  • Heavy-duty stapler
  • Sheet of tin roofing
  • Box of 3-inch nails
  • Hammer

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    Pound a 5-foot steel post into the ground every four feet along the entire length of the planned fence.

    How to Make Something Using Wood Pallets
    Wood pallets can provide a sturdy fence. (wood fence image by Dumitrescu Ciprian from
  2. 2

    Turn a pallet up on end and wire it to the steel posts, both at the top and at the bottom of its four corners.

  3. 3

    Alternate the direction of the deck boards each time a new pallet is added to the fence. The finished fence will have horizontal and vertical deck boards alternating throughout the length of the fence.

  4. 4

    Paint the pallet fence with an exterior stain or paint using a paint brush and a paint roller.

  1. 1

    Find a tree that has branches that reach upward, toward the sky, in the shape of the palm of your hand and fingers.

    How to Make Something Using Wood Pallets
    Using pallets is an inexpensive way to build a tree house. (House on the tree image by Valery Shanin from
  2. 2

    Hoist a pallet up into the palm or crutch of the tree, so that is surrounded by the upward-growing tree limbs. Turn this pallet so that it is flat with the ground beneath the tree.

  3. 3

    Nail four posts to the sides of the four corners of the pallet using a hammer and 3-inch nails. Position the posts so that the pallet is four feet below the tops of the posts.

  4. 4

    Nail four guardrails on the inside of each of the posts, sticking up past the pallet every foot. The tree fort will have a pallet for its floor and four guardrails around its perimeter to prevent children from tumbling out.

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    Lay pallets flat on the ground and butt them together in your desired width and length.

    How to Make Something Using Wood Pallets
    The sub-flooring for this deck is made from pallets. (Deck de Madeira image by CarlosNeto from
  2. 2

    Cover these pallets with sheets of particle board or plywood and screw these sheets to the pallets using 2-inch wood screws and an electric screw gun. Screw in eight screws per particle board at each pallet corner.

  3. 3

    Paint the particle board with a primer and paint or stain. Carpet or tile the floor if desired.

  1. 1

    Lay one pallet flat on the ground.

    How to Make Something Using Wood Pallets
    Pallets also make serviceable chicken coops. (Organic chickens image by evillager from
  2. 2

    Place four pallets around the top perimeter of the pallet on the ground. Nail these upright pallets to the floor pallet with 3-inch nails and a hammer.

  3. 3

    Cut a 1-foot by 1-foot hole out of one side of the coop with a wood saw.

  4. 4

    Hop inside the pallet box and staple cardboard to the inner floor and walls of the pallets using a heavy-duty stapler.

  5. 5

    Place a piece of roofing tin over the four-sided coop and nail it down using roofing nails. This coop is good for three to four chickens only.

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