Working with recycled timber #17: Pallet Step stools

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 252 days ago 895 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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Very nice job.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#2 posted 251 days ago

Handy dandy step stool. Very stout also

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

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#4 posted 251 days ago

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

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#5 posted 251 days ago

Nice work Rob.

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#6 posted 251 days ago

Cool Step Stools! Good Job

-- Victor, from the Grand Mesa in Colorado

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