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Reusing Wood Pallets

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When these shipping platforms are no longer needed, they can be useful in a variety of ways. This guide contains uses for wood pallets.


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April 1, 2014

You can take an old window and pallets and turn them into a beautiful primitive window hutch. My boyfriend made me this for Christmas one year.

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May 13, 2014

Rancher Girl here from A Building We Shall Go! We converted pallets into flooring for our living room floor. We have provided the complete tutorial at the link below.


Total Time: It took several weeks to prepare and lay the pallet wood.



  • Pallets
  • Sawzall
  • Hammer and Nail Punch
  • Planer
  • Jointer
  • Table Saw
  • Surface Nailer and Nails
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December 2, 2008

Get 4 wooden shipping pallets and two 8 foot steel fence posts. Lay two of the pallets on the ground away from the house. Have someone hold the other pallet on end then drive one of the steel posts into the ground about three feet. This will leave five feet sticking out above ground. Do the same at the opposite end leaving the pallets standing against the post. Now you are ready to stack your firewood.


When you have the wood neatly stacked take a measurement about halfway down from the top on each side and over the top. This is the size of the poly tarp you will need to cover the wood.

You're not done yet. You will need to get an "S" hook for each of the eyelets (grommets) in the tarp. You will also need a one gallon milk jug for each of the "S" hooks. Fill the milk jugs about 3/4 full of water, DO NOT put the top back on, leave it open so the water can expand and freeze without splitting the milk jug. Now hang a milk jug from each of the eyelets using the "S" hooks.

When you need wood just remove a couple of the milk jugs and throw the tarp back. After getting the wood, cover the pile back up again and replace the milk jugs.

This works really well, it give you good dry wood for burning. The bottom pallets allow air to circulate on the bottom of the pile so you won't have any rotten wood to remove in the spring. Try it you like it.

Source: I read this in a Popular Mechanics magazine many, many, years ago.

By Herman from Midland, MI

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December 13, 20160 found this helpful

Pallets are often available for free and can be used for many wood building projects. This is a guide about making a wood pallet compost bin.

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Wooden pallets, which can still sometimes be gotten for free, can be dismantled and reconstructed into an attractive and useful spice rack. This is a guide about pallet door spice rack.

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April 6, 2006
Q: I would like to use discarded wood pallets to make a raised bed garden. Has anyone done this with success?

Hardiness Zone: 7a

Debbie in the Draft from Stuarts Draft, VA


A: Debbie,

Wood pallets will work fine. You can disassemble them and dig the boards into the ground a few inches, or secure the frame by pounding a few wooden or metal stakes into the ground on either side of them. Avoid commercially pressure-treated wood that contains arsenic or other toxic compounds that can leech into your soil. Also avoid wood treated with penta (pentachlorophenol). Types of untreated wood that are naturally resistant to rotting include cypress and cedar. Wood pallets are usually cheap or free, so if yours are made from a wood more prone to rotting, you can inexpensively replace them anyway.


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March 22, 20060 found this helpful

I have a friend who did this successfully. I will be trying it this weekend! Email me for photos. lindabaldwin @ remove spaces . /// just remind me what you're looking for in your email. Thanks.

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By Tracy in Brampton (Guest Post)
April 4, 20060 found this helpful

Wood pallets? How does this work? Could I use it for my mini-pumpkins?

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May 2, 2016

Where is a good place to get free wood pallets?


May 3, 20160 found this helpful

So many places it's almost mind-boggling. Good place to start is just going for a drive behind big-box stores like Home Depot.


Wherever you see big trucks making deliveries, whether it's hardware or office supplies or even gardening materials, they're sure to have pallets.

The polite way to go about it is to ask permission and not just take them.

Another source (depending where you live) would be kijiji or craigslist or something along those lines. Try using google and entering your city name and the words "free pallets."

A fellow I know up here in Calgary gets paid to stop by downtown businesses and remove their pallets. He either takes them to the local landfill or drops them off (for a small fee) to anyone who wants them. Perhaps you have someone providing similar services?

Good luck!

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