The wood from clean pallets is a great building material for projects from wine holders to a pallet sheds. You can often find pallets for free on Craigslist so start searching then get to building!
Recycling pallets to build projects is a sustainable activity, just make sure your pallets are chemical and nail-free before using them. We actually recommend you shop for new pallets as often times used pallets may be contaminated with chemicals without you even knowing it.
Butch Bridges built this shed from pallets. He documented the project with more detailed information on how he built it including the number of pallets used, time to build, and overall cost.
A mini-industry has popped up for anyone with a pickup truck that is willing to find pallets and sell them.
Having all of the above tools will make quick work of stubborn nails and damaged pallets. You shouldn’t mess with old pallets that have rusty nails as it can be extremely dangerous, and make sure you dispose of any unused pallets before someone steps on them.
It also helps if you have a planer and jointer to get your boards completely flat and square. Once you’ve got solid stock to work with, you can build anything and for much cheaper than if you were to buy the wood from a home center or lumberyard.