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Pallets are great gardengirl, I have a very handy oh who makes stuff out them all of time, including coldframes, beds, seats, made a 60ft + fence out of them in my old garden. As others have said the tough bit is getting them apart! Anything he makes always get the dark wood stain slapped over them and you can never tell what they were
Looking forward to seeing your creations!
Thanks hollie hock
Thanks for the info on YouTube Edd, do like to have a go at the stone drop to dismantle the pallet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7oWaRPpdKU
and like this bench http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gciT_JpkIUE but mine wont be like that too much not got most of them tools would only be hand saw
The thing is GG you can start with inspiration and imagination and that is where i started from, but without a bit of luck and a small helping hand, of money, now and again for tools, then i would be back at your stage.
Just thought! That is exactly where i did start from.So that is a oxymoron and what i did, worked for i have just passed on to you, otherwise i would not be telling you about this!
Good tools helps and get them by any means you can, please. Then return the favour.
"OUGHT FOR NOUGHT HUN."
You have all my luck. So use it then pass it on.
Hope you have a perfect time.
Enjoy and learn.
Hello all oh ive been seeing alot are turning to pallets and making very good things ive seen a whole garden been transformed by pallets it was lovely and they said it was half the cost of what decking is they have all pots etc with lovely blooms but they said its low maintainence but be careful were you buy as these pallet companies charge alot as they have cottened on i just thought id mention this hope it helps there are some places that give them away but ive no idea who do but its just as good as decking ive even looked online too happy gardening everyone
Hi gardengirl, just it give a go I would say. I'm not a great diyer but my partner is. I've seen the stuff that he has created, he can turn anything into anything!
He is very talented I think but when I ask him how do you know how to do that? He just says I had a go at it!
I do know that good tools are important but it's amazing what you can find in carboot sales, gumtree and freecycle.
Had a quick look at the vid for the bench, that guy has some very fancy tools, I wouldn't be put off by that.
Well today I had a go at 1 pallet lots of hammering and bashing done using a hammer, crowbar, ear protectors,14lb sledge hammer and some bricks, took a while some bits a small split but good to use. Most was done with the hammer and crowbar 2 planks came off like the stone drop method way but with the bricks and sledge hammer dropped on an extra piece of wood to keep the other wood ok underneath.
Well I made it one pallet all in bits of wood - dismantled, making a cold frame from this pallet and another pallet
Hand a bit sore even though wearing gloves
Will get the hang of it for the next pallet bit easier once one done and you know how to dismantle the pallet
Will add pictures another day
We used pallets upended and screwed to support posts to make the sides and backs of our 3 bay compost heaps. The fronts have slot in slats to allow access for turning and emptying.
A few years later I used some more pallets to make an insect hotel with a roof garden as shown in this thread if you scroll down a bit. http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/mussel-shell-uses/260961.html
Well done Gardengirl. The first one is always the hardest. Looks like you have picked up a few tips along the way.
Go for it! Looking forward to your pics.
Obelixx -that looks great like the idea of the roof garden on top
Here is how it started
Here is the tools I have used crowbar, hammer, sledge hammer, ear protectors and gloves
This is part way through - the planks took of the back
Here is how it looks now, nice tower of blocks and lots of planks of wood
Allotmenteers would be lost without there compost corners made from pallets and all usually freemans
WOW, you did well Grdengirl, to get the nails out of the blocks.
Tried the brick method today, it's slightly easier, the flag stone I was using broke though . Looking forward to seeing the pics of your finished project.
Here is a bench i made from a 9 board pallet.
This is the de-Luxe model with an added back rest.
This is a fab thread. We have pallets - I usually just cut them up with a chain saw and stick them on the log burner, but this is much more creative. Loving the bench and the greenhouse staging!!!
The bench without a back comes down the garden when I'm planting and doubles up as a seat and a work bench.
Thanks for the picture now I understand what you mean. How did you put the back on the bench? Super long screws?
Pallet no.2 now done. Actually this one was much tougher to do and the wood split in a few places, hard to get the nails out as they were rusted in. Needed a lot more effort.
Busy Bee 2 - welcome to the forum. Lots of ideas here.
Well done Gardengirl in bashing those nails out When we built a fence super long screws were the answer.
Free pallets are great, you can do so much out of them. Although they do get the fire started as well Busybee
Not that super long at all. Six 4x 70 spax screws is all that holds on the back
The extra material needed:
2 pieces of 3x2 wood 20 inches long cut at a shallow angle to give a slope of 9 to 10 inches. The tops are rounded with a band saw but could just as well be cut at a slope to allow water to run off.
3 Pallet boards same length as seat. 2 screws in each board.
I also fixed a length of timber to fill the gap between the seat and the top of the back of the seat.
Sorry Gardengirl that should say 3 pallet boards and 4 screws in each as per photo
Also you may need to screw some of the other boards as pallet boards can be loose.
My compost bin made completely from pallets.
And a raised bed for strawberries.
Great pictures no expert, I like the bench a lot. Pallets are great!
Thanks No expert for the info and pics
Started on the potting table the other day taking apart another pallet
Done more pallet hammering yesterday putting the top bit of the potting table together now it looks like a piece of wood with no gaps between, just seeing if I can have a shelf as well from the pallets