We got a bunch of pallets from a trucking company. They were in good shape for the most part, but they were dirty.
We got a bunch of pallets from a trucking company. They were in good shape for the most part, but they were dirty.
How is his ipallet4me different, then? “You have numerous producers making awesome tablet cases and covers out there,” he says. “They are all using high-quality wood and making premium products,” Kasner explains. “I wanted to do something completely different — I wanted to use low-quality wood from used transport pallets and make a difference for the environment.”
That environmental concern is key to Kasner’s mission. “With an estimated one billion pallets used every day, you can imagine how much wood is cut and how many new pallets are produced on a daily basis. If I can make only a tiny effort recycling pallet wood and create extra value for my community, I am quite happy with that. We are saving the world, one pallet at a time.”
Kicking off Pallets on the Town
Kicking off Pallets on the Town, a contest that is all about promoting community spirit, are: from left, Doug Runions, Jason Duguay, Lori Runions, Don Beavis, Janice Bell and Joan Sheppard. Sue Dickens/Metroland
“I am always looking for ways to promote Campbellford and community spirit so it started there . . . and we have a pallet factory here and people are into reduce, reuse, recycle, and upcycle so we thought we could form a festival around pallets . . . so that became Pallets on the Town,” said Joan Sheppard, who is organizing the project and inspiring others to get involved.
This is a very simple ring that I made from a pallet in my backyard.
I just barely graduated from high school, and I am planning on an LDS mission. i enjoy creating things with my hands, and i love learning and sharing here on instructables.
I have it sitting on a cart I made last year before I joined the LumberJocks site the cart is made out of reclaimed pallets and shipping containers. The cart was built on the fly with just a rough sketch and then modified tremendously during construction. The rear wheels are from an old kick-bike whose frame got bent and the front wheels were purchased at the local hardware store. The sheet metal top was also reclaimed from an old paint booth.
Katrin Arens makes custom Pallet Plate Racks; go to Katrin Arens for ordering information.
After measuring the space, he laid the pallets where he wanted the deck to be. Starting with the first row, Kevin lined up all gaps and used pavers to level and support the pallets. He then cut strips from 8-foot plywood to fill in the gaps and then nailed them into place and secured them to the neighboring pallets. After treating with water resistant stain, the deck was done. When all was said and done, it cost under $100.
In 2009, Kääntöpöytä, finnish for “turntable”, opened in Helsinki, Finland tucked between modern highly trafficked railways by local environmental organization, Dodo Ry. The greenhouse and café was built into an existing train turntable left unused in this industrial graveyard due to contemporary trains and stations. The historic steel structure serves as the framework for the thriving greenhouse made of wood sourced locally from Finland and western Russia. True to the passive solar design the walls are made from long-lasting UV protected polycarbonate. Designed by Joseph Mulcahy, the greenhouse was built by the highly involved staff and volunteers under the guidance of a few skilled craftsmen from Lapland.
Kääntöpöytä is full of recycled pallet planter boxes that grow a multitude of veggies and fruits in the warmer months. Kirmo Kivela, a long-time guerilla gardener in Helsinki and project leader, says the green house has extended the very short growing season of this northern city. Walking into the greenhouse on a brisk March day I noticed the surprising warmth achieved through quality craftsmanship and resonating from the Biolan composter at the entrance.
From May through October Kääntöpöytä provides Helsinki residents with brunches, lunches and vibrant live entertainment. A local chef uses the onsite brick oven and cultivated produce to create delicious Nordic dishes. Under the northern summer sun, guests sit on charming benches and chairs surrounding the greenhouse made from reclaimed doors and wood sourced from a local renovation site.
Kääntöpöytä sports a dry toilet for customer use and compost research with Finland’s Dry Toilet Association. Additionally, the café hosts sustainability workshops about composting, beekeeping, pallet planter box making and other do-it-yourself projects. The lively café, or “kahvila” in finnish, adds some much needed pizzazz to the neighborhood for the many artists who rent studios in the nearby old train industry buildings.
A World Design Capital grant from the city and supportive companies including composting pioneer Biolan provided funding for the project. The land is leased to these innovative activists from the State at a reasonable rate to assist their cause.
The effects of this repurposed space are apparent at the well-attended events in the summer time. The beauty this inventive building adds to Pasila’s underground alongside graffiti covered retired train cars is a powerful testament to what we can do with our outdated industrial lands as modern technology continues to develop.
Contact Info: Kirmo Kivela
Tallikatu, Keski-Pasila 00520 Helsinki, Finland
More amazing photos can be found here!
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Habitat volunteer Hunter Westbrook uses a miter saw to cut wood planking from a recycled pallet that will be used in the construction of the bench. Fellow volunteer Michael Roberts also works on the bench. Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County is building furniture and other items out of wooden pallets in workshop space provided by South Side Christian Church of Springfield.
Just one question: If you go to all the trouble to reuse the wood, why wouldn’t you recycle the nails you pulled?
This trash-taking approach naturally requires a degree of planning and preparedness but also a sense of the impromptu – much like other forms of ad hoc guerrilla street art.
Joel Kissel, left, lead furniture fabricator with Upcycle Inc., a project of the Institute for Workforce Innovation, watches as, left to right, Jeremy Whitehead, 19, Johnathan Davis, 20, Greg Sercey, 23, and Ronaldo Rawls, 18, use scrapped wood pallets to build furniture with Project YouthBuild Americorps to be sold at Wednesdays’ Farmer Markets. Erica Brough/The Gainesville Sun
Upcycle is part of the Institute for Workforce Innovation’s Project YouthBuild program for 16- to 24-year-olds who come from low-income households and have not earned a high school diploma or GED.
“(Upcycle) really accomplishes the goals of our organization and also helps the environment,” said Jonathan Leslie, the institute’s executive director and CEO.
Under the direction of furniture fabricator Joel Kissel and other staff, the young people turn discarded pallets made of wood such as pine and oak into home décor inside the Boys & Girls Club Mentor Center on Southeast 17th Drive.
Proceeds from the sale of Upcycle items go toward the institute’s programs and allow the organization to not have to rely on state and federal grants, Leslie said.
Some of the Project YouthBuild students and alumni participate in Upcycle, which teaches them the principles of entrepreneurship and manufacturing, according to the institute.
After disassembling the pallets (by hand at first until I bought a reciprocating saw which made it much easier) I laid the wood out to get a general idea of how much space I could cover. For my bed it had to start two feet off the ground and be about 4′ by 3′.
Ben and Amy worked countless hours, repainting each surface, rebuilding walls, and constructing custom furnishings from old pallet wood. Together they successfully turned an industrial garage into their perfect workspace. Inevitably, these two have grown quite attached to these four walls, and continue to inspire all who walk through their door.
We would like to thank Robert Champion for sharing his wonderful pallet tables.
Robert is in the Chicago area and in need of metal frame bases for his tables.
If you are a welder/fabricator or know someone who is, please contact Robert at robert.champion.melts.face at Gmail.
Robert we wish you the best of luck in your search!
Pallet wine rack on Etsy by DelHutsonDesigns (it’s on Sale!)
Made out of %100 reclaimed wood, this piece is sure to catch attention in your house for it’s unique and one of a kind style.
Style meets full functionality with this wine rack holding 10 wine bottles and up to 9 long stem wine glasses.
Because it is made of reclaimed pallet wood, not every board will be cut to perfection hence the raw and vintage appeal of this one and only wine rack.
In 1997 The Institute for Local Self Reliance put out a study on Sustaining Businesses and Jobs Through Pallet Repair and Reuse.
It is extraordinary that pallet reuse has come so far from the early days. It is also extraordinary that we’ve been keeping tabs on reuse for this long! (It’s possible we need an intervention)
The Urban Coffee Farm consists of more than 120 coffee plants, shipping containers – housing the ‘Brew Bar’ – and timber pallets. The aim of the installation was two-fold: activating an underutilised space on Melbourne’s South Bank, while bringing awareness of the growing, brewing and roasting processes that go into our coffee-drinking experiences.
This is a great piece by Desire to Inspire don’t miss it!
A tiny two storey apartment by Prague architects SMLXL Studio makes clever use of a difficult layout (three chimney breast pierce the space). White painted brick, open plan living, pallets as furniture and a definite industrial vibe all add up to a stylish home for its young owner.
Go see Vanweb’s awesome Instructable on how to build a BBQ Joint with salvage savvy.
This Instructable will walk you through the process of designing and building a BBQ themed restaurant with a VERY small budget. We relied on our own ingenuity, our scrounging ability and our creativity to make a restaurant that looked like we had spent a fortune, when in fact we did not. The secondary goal of this project was to keep as much out of landfill as possible, as construction is one of the leading producers of landfill waste, we re-used, re-purposed, recycled and bartered our way through this project.
Pallet Projects on WebUrbanist
Pallets have become all the rage as eco-friendliness, and DIY crafting are becoming the spearhead of a new movement that utilizes pallets as the building blocks for creative weekend projects.
Recycle pallet wood into turned artthis instructable is about how to take a chunk of pallet wood and turn it into a bowl/vessel on a lathe. this is not a “how to turn” instructable; there are lots of those out there as well as plenty on how to build your own lathe if you dont have one. this is simply one way i like to re-use pallet wood for artsy-fartsy projects. enjoy!
To build the tree, I sourced scrap wood from old pallets and cut them from large to small—you can cut the wood any size you’d like. I then sanded wood and covered it with a matte sealer. The beauty of this project is that you can make the tree as straight and clean or as wonky as rough as you’d like. After the tree was built, I wrapped up small prizes and treats and made activity cards to hang from push pins.
I live in the UK, and own a small business designing and building: Cargo Carrying Bicycles, Bike Trailers, Pedal Powered Utility Trucks & Vans, Pedal Racing Cars and Human Powered Vehicles, lightweight Pony Carrigages and Carts, Pallet Reclamation bars, cooking fire tripods and fire hearths, along with bespoke steel fabrications and replica historical bits & bobs from steel.
Bonus video – pallet deconstructor bar!
Shipping pallets have become a bit more popular with the quest for sustainable elements and materials in one’s home. With the popularity of green design and with so many creative prototypes floating around out there, there are some great DIY opportunities for things that can be found locally, often for free– like pallets.
We’ve rounded up 20 great inventive uses of the bland old wooden pallet and put them together for your inspiration.
These projects range anywhere from merely stacking the unused pallets to making a base for a bed, sofa, or coffee table to the pallet-built barn or home. No matter the size of your own project, these gorgeous pallet installations are sure to help you drum up a little creativity of your own.
See the entire list via 20 Inventive Ways to Upcycle Shipping Pallets by Ian Rebello | Bob Vila Nation.
Another pallet project! We can’t help ourselves. We think modern is reusing materials you already have to make new, awesome things, and shipping pallets are something this earth has in abundance. And, if you play your cards right (i.e. drive around until you find some) they are usually free to you! Using some foam, fabric and paint, some folks transformed six shipping pallets into a pretty luxurious corner couch. And, we love that the pallets become storage for board games and books! You’ll definitely need some sewing and painting skills for this project, and we regret the link we have is more inspiration than instruction. Still cool, though!
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Ramp and deck built around a plastic water trough. All wood is reclaimed from shipping palettes sourced for free. Plastic spigot added to trough, and a ledge dropped in near the surface to help the ducks enter and exit.
The ramp was initially a bit narrower and steeper, but one of our ducks is clumsier than the other and he seems to appreciate the extra width and more gradual angle. Water (and other duck-related substances) can be drained via the spigot, but the trough is easily removed for more complete cleaning. Fully portable: just drain the water and the trough and ramp both lift out.
It took a bit of coaxing for the ducks to figure out how to climb up the ramp, but they seem to be enjoying themselves now!
Total cost, under $50.
Reclaimed wood from an old coca-cola pallet, this magnificent piece is sure to turn heads. Featuring 12 vintage trouble lights hung at various lengths, this pallet chandelier is the perfect piece for your flat, house, office or establishment.
Building with pallets is a trend that has taken off, and for good reason. Keeping pallets out of a landfill while turning them into something useful is a great thing, as is free building materials. We have featured a few outdoor pallet projects in the past, such as a vertical pallet garden, a potting bench and a lounge chair. To celebrate the launch of our Outdoor channel, here are five more outdoor pallet projects worth considering.
Before you get started, read the excellent Instructables article ‘How to Determine if a Wood Pallet is Safe for Use,’ which will answer all of your questions about chemical treatments and toxicity. Then take your new-found knowledge and get building.
Wood is the material of choice for a lot of my projects. In an effort to keep my hobby budget tight, I’ve ventured into the world of reclaimed and re-purposed wood. I’ll often collect shipping pallets, crates, and wood that has been previously used for sheds and decking, then re-purpose it for my projects. Sometimes, this wood has been taken apart for me and I just need to cut out any rot and remove and any pieces of metal that have been lodged in it. But Most of the time, I have to take it apart myself.
Check out the full step by step on DIY Cowboy: How to reclaim wood from pallets.
This weekend, according to our ever trusty modern DIY/How-to section on the 2Modern blog, you could fill your precious non-work day hours with a project for the birds (if that’s your thing), a project to revamp any old porcelain dinnerware you might have, a project to finally help you know how to salvage wood from old shipping pallets and a project for a perfect modern DIY desk.