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Hill farmer



Joined: 08 Feb 2009
Posts: 49
Location: North Oxfordshire
PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 15 5:53 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Thanks Gregotyn , you have enlightened me I really didn't know the Euro pallets had sides - the ones I get hold of are from Germany a friend of mine had a solar panel farm put on his land and all the products came of a wagon straight from Germany and he was suddenly swamped with hundreds of pallets. He mainly burns them in a biomass furnace but allows me to harvest what I want.
Some of the slats are really lovely wood and quite smooth I have made two perfectly fitting shed doors from them and I am no carpenter I just look at the expensive posh stuff in the garden centre photograph it on my phone and copy it at home with the pallets, I reckon I have saved hundreds of pounds doing this.

The raised beds are simple box or rectangle constructions with the thick sections of pallets for bracing - they wont last forever but I reckon a few years will be had and hopefully a few meals from what they are surrounding !

Ginkotree



Joined: 26 Jun 2008
Posts: 2956
Location: south west wales
PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 16 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have been fortunate enough to have a supply of pallets from a Printers..because they are used for paper they are smaller but have a solid face and are clean wood.. The printers are glad to get them taken away..
When we have used the usual ones for the front of a porch floor we have filled the gaps with wood to fit rather than rip them up.

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 1672
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 16 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Having recently gotten a pickup truck load (that's 21) of pallets my darling daughter sent me this link

No directions but a slew of images to inspire you. Click on the top row of boxes - patio, bed, etc - and the images will conveniently sort themselves for you

jema
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: escaped from Swindon
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 16 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice link, we have a few pallets in need of re-purposing, though I think they may be too crap to make much use of.
Aiming to get them checked tomorrow.

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 31902
Location: York
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 16 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This is my favourite pallet creation.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 8593

PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 16 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Some of those things are amazing Jam Lady. You would need good quality pallets to make a lot of them. Rob, rather daft, but amusing.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1367
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 16 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jam Lady I have just looked at your daughter's link-spoiled me for choice! My librarian has ordered a small round seat-off home to make a start. I just have to get a planer thicknesser. I always wanted an excuse!

jema
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 16 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

lol, I have never come up with a legit excuse for one of them.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 8593

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 16 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Husband wants one but the problem is where to put it. It would certainly be useful for our milled timber. I still live in hopes of having bellows made from out own timber and son doing the leatherwork for them.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1367
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 16 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have my family bellows, still working, made from elm and leather. I am not even going to volunteer to photograph them after my last fiasco! But take it from me they are beautiful if you are into antiques!

JB



Joined: 08 Jun 2005
Posts: 7745
Location: 91 N
PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 16 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I tried to make things out of pallets in the past but gave up after I found that most pallets are so cheaply made that any attempt to make them into anything else just turned them into a pile of splinters. The pallets that are good enough to be used as something else tend not to be given away or to be more useful as pallets (the last time I reused pallets was some decent pallets which I used under a workshop sitting on a stable yard where we weren't allowed to put any foundations down so I wanted something freestanding but which would have airflow - so pallets used as pallets were a great option.

lowri



Joined: 18 Oct 2006
Posts: 1209
Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 16 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have a friend who used to work at a printers, and she provided me with much smaller pallets than your average back-of-a-lorry type. Much lighter to handle, sometimes with solid tops which made tables! Also easier to pile up when not in use.
One of my sheds occasionally floods to a depth of over 2 inches (ditch behind it takes runoff from the roof) and my 2 medium size freezers each sit on a pallet. No worries! In case of abundant floods, add another pallet!

lowri



Joined: 18 Oct 2006
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Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 16 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh dear, I see Ginkgotree has already covered the printers pallets area! That'll teach me not to read the whole post!!

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1367
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 16 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

lowri, all ideas are welcome, but do you stand the freezers on polythene on top of the pallets, as wood absorbs the water and so if the pallet comes into contact with the freezer when the pallet is wet could rust it?.

lowri



Joined: 18 Oct 2006
Posts: 1209
Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 16 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Never thought of that - but the freezers have feet which are the only bit touching the wood! The Hotpoint big freezer seems to be coated and non rust, it never has in X number of years; the little cheapo Ice King I would be suspicious about, it does rust at the drop of a hat (round the lid - no pun intended!)
I always thought there should be a drill on the apple-corer principle to drill out nails, but never managed to source one! This was in pre-Internet days! I now use them whole anyway!!

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