Farm crate for photo prop- recycling pallets

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Project by Chris Peroni posted 02-23-2013 03:25 AM 2964 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like to try to reuse and recycle wood as much as possible and only buy new if I have to.

Last summer my wife purchased several apple crates from a local farm. Last week she asked me to cut the top 3rd off of one and paint it, leaving exposed wood and the rough cuts showing here and there. After quickly fixing up one crate I suggested to her I could easily make more of these using pallets, rather than cutting up all the crates she’d paid for.

Every day I drive to work I see from 5 to 25 pallets on the side of the road. Yesterday I brought one big and one small pallet home (chose ones with old and faded wood). In no time I had just what she was looking for. Now these aren’t anything special, but I do like giving this wood a 2nd life and I love that I was able to reuse the nails I pulled when stripping the pallets, so these cost exactly 0 dollars in materials. I should be able to make at least 2 more with the rest of the wood.

Pic 1 shows a new crate waiting for paint.

Pic 2 shows the larger pallet and a couple of boards from the other. I had to cut about 1 foot of length off the top of the big pallet so it would fit in my vehicle- there’s a bunch more wood from both pallets just off camera.

Pic 3 shows all the tools needed- not much :), and some pulled nails.

Pics 4 & 5 compares the new crate to the apple crate I chopped and painted last week. The new one is much more stable which will help when photographing.

One thing that always gets me about pallets is how random the wood used can be. On the larger pallet the boards include pine, red oak and cedar, and who knows what else.

Reduce, reuse and recycle!

-- Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

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#1 posted 02-23-2013 04:45 AM

Like it mate. Is this another woodworker photographer team?

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 04:46 AM

Good salvage, good work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-23-2013 05:17 AM

watermark- it would appear so. What kind of photography does your wife specialize in? My wife does newborn photography:

Monte- thank you :)

-- Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

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