The wood from clean pallets can make a great building material for projects such as a wine holder to a pallet shed. You can often find pallets for free on Craigslist so start searching then get to building! Check out the book below for the best pallet shed plans.
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 without you even knowing it.
Butch Bridges built this shed from pallets and there are a lot of people out there who want to save money and recycle and wish to find clean pallets for cheap that they can use in their own home improvement projects. Here is his project with more detailed information on how he built it.
A mini-industry has popped up for anyone with a pickup truck that is willing to find pallets and sell them.
The tools you need to build with pallets include:
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.