5 Fun & Easy DIY Pallet Wood Projects To Do In A Day

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Creating useful or beautiful items for your home from reclaimed wood is great for so many reasons. You get to exercise your creative muscles, you are helping the environment by re-using rather than buying new, you get to custom build something perfect for your lifestyle….and you can have fun doing it! Pallet projects are all the rage, and it is no wonder.

The Good Human has found 5 fantastic projects that you can do in just a day to get you started. If you have created anything already please share with us, we would love to see!

Choosing The Right Kind Of Pallet

Before we get started there is one important point to be aware of to make sure that you keep your family safe. There are two different kinds of pallet, heat treated and chemically treated. The chemical that is used on some pallets is Methyl Bromide, a harmful pesticide. Be sure that you steer clear of pallets that have been comically treated. You can determine which you have come across by looking for a stamp on the wood itself.

HT = Heat Treated MB = Methyl Bromide If you can’t find a stamp on your pallet, it is probably advisable to leave it alone.   pallet-stamp

Where To Find Pallets

If you keep your eyes peeled you will often see pallets discarded around town, particularly in industrial areas, behind big box stores, or grocery stores. You can simply ask the company if you can take some – most will be happy to see them go!  

How Much Do Pallets Cost?

You can also buy pallets at your local DIY store – and they cost somewhere in the region of $6 each.

What Tools You Will Need

Each project has slightly different requirements, but the basics that you will need are virtually the same.

  • A pallet (or 2)
  • A Jigsaw
  • A Saw (designed for nail embedded wood)
  • A Hammer
  • A Screwdriver (preferably electric)
  • Screws or Nails
  • A T Square (also known as a steel square)
  • Sander
  • Glue
  • A Tape Measure
  • Spirit Level
  • Stain/Varnish and brushes (optional)
  • Eye Protection
  • Gloves (optional….but there are A LOT of splinters)

How To Use Pallets

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