Working with recycled timber #17: Pallet Step stools

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 12-11-2013 08:04 AM 1443 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I submitted a repair procedure for Potato Crates for our local chip manufacturer.

The potato Crate is a skid with four sides on 1.2m x 1.2m x 1.3m high all hardwood construction with angle iron cover strips on the four corners.

It holds 900 kgs of potatoes as they are unloaded from road transport, then inbound for the cool room before processing, usually within 24hr of arrival they are in Chip Packet ready for distribution!

There is a shot of a couple at the Processing Plant

Being hardwood they are heavy suckers and to service them you need to get inside to remove bolts to release the cover strips to get to the slats, of which the damaged ones are at the bottom, typical.

The fork lift tines damage the bottom of the frame causing possible foreign objects in the chips

Nothing like ingesting a piece of hardwood for roughage!!

Trying to get in and out of a 1.3m high pallet was a task for me so the Pallet Step Stools were designed

I paid my recycled timber a visit to source the materials.
What other materials could one use to make a Pallet Step Stool but recycled pallet bits!

As a result produced two of these, one for outside and one for inside the crate.


Height about 625mm
Top surface 400mm x 400mm
Leg and brace angles 10 Degrees
Intermediate step braces are 15 degrees.
Held together with Treated screws 32mm or 50mm dependent on the role.

Here they are primed and finished, the distressed look comes as a bonus too, no extra work there.

Awaiting the results of the quote otherwise they will be re employed around the house assisting in painting and other tasks, like looking in the floor roof area for possums!!

-- Regards Robert

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#1 posted 12-11-2013 09:04 AM

Very nice job.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#2 posted 12-11-2013 10:21 AM

Handy dandy step stool. Very stout also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 12-11-2013 10:34 AM

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#4 posted 12-11-2013 11:36 AM

Nice work from recycled pallets! I hope your bid is successful Robert.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-11-2013 11:43 AM

Nice work Rob.

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#6 posted 12-11-2013 12:59 PM

Cool Step Stools! Good Job

-- Victor, from the Grand Mesa in Colorado

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