Diy pallet fence ideas

Prep the car — We own a Honda Pilot. Grand car! I had to put the two back rows below. For me that meant removing 3 kid seats. If you’ve never installed kids car seats, its super enjoyment, love a horse kicking you in the head fun.

Find the wood pallets — I had been eagle eyeing some pallets for weeks. Once you start looking they are fairly simple to discover. Just take a drive behind the grocery store or industrial type buildings and you’ll spot some.

(since «some» people are freaking out about this let me be clear — don’t steal pallets.

The one’s I got were in the trash. They trash them when they’re no longer usable. If you’re not certain, go into the store and enquire the store manager — they’ll tell you.)

Loading the pallets — I fit 6 pallets in the back of the Pilot. They are heavy and a bit awkward to handle.

Diy pallet fence ideas

If you’re 6′ 3″ and own arms that can wrap around the world with muscles on top of muscles…. love me then you can lift and load them yourself.

Otherwise I propose you trick a friend into helping you.

Diy pallet fence ideas

Tell them you desire to grab some ice cream and catch up. Then, once they’re in the car and the doors are locked, thank them for helping you discover and load some heavy wooden pallets. They will glance at you weird, just stare straight ahead and hold driving. I did this once when I bought a slate pool table, works love a charm.

This is why having an older car is so money. Tell you desire to go pick up 6 wood pallets from the trash behind the store and put them in your wife’s car is that cool?

It is if that car has k miles on it. MARRIAGE SAVE!


Garage Entrance : Wood Pallet Target #1

Here’s the garage entrance to our home. Looks fine I guess, if normal and boring are your thing.

Diy pallet fence ideas

I desire more of a rustic Virginia barn type feel.


What You Get — Wood from a deconstructed pallet

You finish up with roughly 10 usable boards. Each board is roughly 36 inches endless and 3 inches wide. I tell roughly because there is a lot of variety in the board width and length.

One Honda Pilot load of 6 pallets therefore yielded about 60 boards, which I’m guessing is 70 to 80% of the quantity that I need for my project.

We’ll know next weekend.

In the finish, although it was rough work, I left the home at 2 and was sipping on a Dos Equis in the back yard by 6pm.

Diy pallet fence ideas

Every cleaned up. Car seats back in put. Rusty nails and sharp wood pieces more or less removed from the ground.

I believe this is every from one or maybe two pallets (not every 6). Remember there are boards on the front and the back. Not to bad.

I decided to break this post into 2 sections. I wanted to publish the first steps with as much detail as possible. Often this is the part that’s overlooked by other DIY web sites and TV shows.

My promise to you is to give you the genuine tale, so you will know what you are getting into. This is going to be a two or three weekend project for sure.

I’m really excited for you to see the final outcome, I ponder it’s going to glance great.

If anyone else tries this type of project, please post pictures and comments here, I’d love to see how yours turned out.

Cheers —  Jason

Check out Part 2 of this tale — Pinterest Wood Pallet Project.

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Reclaimed wood has become a boiling topic among the arts and crafts crowd, the home renovation and decoration junkies, and even the gardening scene.

Diy pallet fence ideas

There’s the glamorous thought of finding shiplap in your home and repurposing it, but a more common theme now is to discover ways to use ancient pallets, which are in much greater supply. In the interest of helping you get creative with reclaimed wood, we’ve created this list of garden ideas with pallets to spark new thoughts and ways to design your garden and yard using an element that is cheap or free but can be insanely beautiful when done well.


WARNING — Avoid Chemically Treated Wood

The HT means it was heat treated and is safer than chemically treated.

This is the «almost killed me» part. Props to @rokville  for pointing this out.

I had not seen this warning anywhere else. (ps: I sometimes tweet boring stuff  @JasonMorgan77)

Some wood pallets used to be treated with dangerous chemicals to kill pests and disease. Today’s treatments are much safer. They simply heat the wood up to kill any living organisms.

Pallets without this stamp (left) probably aren’t a safe choice for indoor walls or surfaces where you might sit or eat.


Step 2: Remove the wood board from the pallets

Cameron — wanted to assist but was easily distracted by airplanes flying over head.

«Listen to me now and believe me later» This is a pain in the A double S.

You will not love it.

Diy pallet fence ideas

It will hurt.

This is the part of the DIY show where the host gives the homeowner a crappy occupation to do overnight, then they show up the next day and it’s done.

What you desire to do is breakdown the pallets into usable strips of wood.

To do this you need a crowbar and a hammer at the extremely least. The first board I did took almost 15 minutes and it cracked a little at the ends. Time to get out the large guns.

I took my Milwaukee Sawzall, and cut off both ends. Who has two thumbs and just tripled his productivity… «THIS GUY». With both ends cut I just had to remove the nails from the middle board.

Here’s a video of me and my Sawzall going to town on the finish of the pallet boards.

(credit to my daughter Charlotte for her videography skills, not bad for 7 years old)

It takes about 15 minutes end-to-end (excluding beer breaks) to break-down one pallet — using my patented «cut the ends first» method.


Tips for Wood Pallet Selection:

  1. Some pallets are made from über heavy compressed plastic. I’m certain there’s a kick-ass project somewhere with those but for now skip them. We desire the wood!
  2. Pallets with a lot of broken or cracked boards aren’t worth the effort or the space.

    Ancient pallets are excellent (great color) but they need to be more or less in one piece.

  3. Look for color variation.  You can attempt to get every the same if you desire but most of the projects I’ve seen glance best with variety. Plus, you don’t own to spend as much time hunted for one shade.


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