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Blog entry by mcoyfrog posted 08-03-2010 08:54 PM 1120 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok so I just started getting these pallets from a furniture store for free, most are pine but there are a few every once in a while that are oak.

I’m planning on using them for all sorts of things and would like some of your ideas as well.

First on my plate is a second chicken coop. I thought I would make it entirely out of the pallets and as easy as possible.

Heres what I’m thinking let me know your ideas. I’ll set 2 pallets on the ground with bricks as a foundation of sort, then fill the slots in with slats from other pallets. Probably build the walls and roof the same way but put them all together first then raise the walls and roof kind of like an old fashion barn raising LOL. I’m thinking if i overlap the slats similar to siding I’ll get a fairly waterproof construction.

So let me know what you all think, I would really appreciate the input..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug



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brunob

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#1 posted 08-03-2010 09:31 PM

I’d take the pallets apart. I think it would be easier in the long run and look better. It would look more like a building and not like some pallets nailed together. But…that’s just my opinion. :)

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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mcoyfrog

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#2 posted 08-03-2010 11:04 PM

Yup Yup I agree, what i was referring too was when i put the slats back on having them overlap a bit so as to create a siding kind of effect and get rid of the need to have to square all the slats up. I can see problems and I might have to run them thru the table saw anyway but i’m just wondering out loud LOL..

thanks for the comment and have a good one..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 08-04-2010 02:47 AM

If you could line them up somehow, stick some insulation in them and then cover them with t-111, you’d have a warm in the winter cool in the summer coop. Just banging them together will make a great house for vermin as well as the chicks… ;0) P.S. use metal for the roof. Do it once and you be done!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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mcoyfrog

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#4 posted 08-04-2010 04:51 PM

Great idea for metal, I was going to head down to the lumber yard this weekend and see how much i could get for cheap LOL. as far as home for vermin we live on farm so those little free loaders are every where can’t seem to do much to keep them away except our cat hee hee.. Definitely looking for insulation before winter though..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#5 posted 08-04-2010 11:36 PM

Metal would work well also. It may not be cheap but it needs no paint etc for about 50 years…
We have mice, voles etc. and I don’t worry too much about them except for that hantaviris you can get from mouse pee/droppings. I do worry about rats, raccoons, opossum and the like getting in. We have all of them. I also just saw an article in Wood Mgz. saying to be aware of what was stored on the pallets since some have had chemicals that are not friendly…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 08-05-2010 11:55 PM

Luckly the pallets i’m getting are coming from a furniture store so I hope there is no bad chemicals, doesn’t seem like it thou. Thanks for the ideas guys….

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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