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Pallets - to - Planter Boxes (for Free)

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Project by screwge posted 06-02-2010 09:12 PM 15196 views 21 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always see lots of pallets on Craigs List for “free”. I’ve always wanted to build something out of them because it seems such a waste to throw them away or burn them.

So, this is what I came up with.

I know I know. Pallet wood is not necessarily the best to use for direct contact with soil or water; so…

I made the boxes,

Then treated them with a water based wood waterproofer,

Finally, I had some landscape fabric laying around, so I lined the inside with that.

I expect that they should last at least two seasons… Then I can throw them into the burn pile.

The best part of this project was that the wood was free, and everything else I had laying around;

So… essentially FREE!!!

Oh, BTW it took about two pallets to complete this project.

-- Imagine It... Build It... Enjoy It!





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#1 posted 06-02-2010 09:17 PM

very cool.

these look like pine pallets, are they?

some pallets (for heavier loads) are hardwood – mostly oak, and may be better fitting for this purpose. I believe these should last longer than 2 seasons, but I would love to hear your experience with them as I also have (hardwood) pallets available here

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#2 posted 06-02-2010 09:25 PM

They are pine.

I did get one oak pallet but there was not enough wood there to make this project.

-- Imagine It... Build It... Enjoy It!

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#3 posted 06-02-2010 09:32 PM

These are great a super Idea plus they’re so nice looking good job.

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#4 posted 06-02-2010 09:36 PM

Nice save…

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#5 posted 06-02-2010 09:47 PM

great recycling and freebee is the best
the plantes looks good
thank´s for sharing

Dennis

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#6 posted 06-03-2010 12:54 AM

excellent project for free supplies of woon

-- Norman

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#7 posted 06-03-2010 03:26 AM

Nice planter boxes. Very useful and attractive.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#8 posted 06-03-2010 05:13 AM

Wow, great job on the planter boxes, i love the way you cut the corners made it look elegant.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#9 posted 06-03-2010 06:32 AM

A nice piece of planterboxes…..
And for free
Bij the way how did you get the nails out of it?

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screwge

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#10 posted 06-03-2010 07:38 AM

Thanks for the comments LJ’s

Hope this might inspire others to think of ways to recycle and reuse

Houtje – It takes a little (ok… a lot of) “elbow grease” and some otherwise not-so-gentle prying with a flat bar (wonder bar) and then back hammering the nails so they may be pulled without gouging the wood. Also, I also hold the nail shaft with a pair of pliers while back hammering so I don’t bend the nail over.

It takes about 20min to completely disassemble one pallet.

-- Imagine It... Build It... Enjoy It!

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#11 posted 06-03-2010 11:21 PM

Nice planter boxes.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#12 posted 06-05-2010 11:59 AM

I’ve been considering the same thing. I haven’t found any pallets yet, though.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#13 posted 06-13-2010 01:12 AM

NICE WORK

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 06-13-2010 01:20 AM

i make my planters out of old decking that people throw away

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#15 posted 06-13-2010 01:50 PM

How can you tell an oak pallet from one made of pine?

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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