God Save The Pallet! Reclaimed Pallets Revamped Part II


The post I wrote last year on wood pallet furniture and pallet art
was so overwhelmingly popular that I couldn't resist putting
together a follow-up post of more pallet creations. Check it out!

Used in the shipping industry, wood pallets are typically a low end commodity. Usually, pallets will get reused a few times and then they will either be scrapped as trash or used as firewood. 

Most often made from inexpensive junk species of lumber (whatever is most widely available), wood pallets are the perfect candidate for upcycling. Check out these creative examples of upcycled pallets and I think you'll agree!
















Wall Unit Display Organizer with electric light. Made from Upcycled Wooden Pallets







 














Bench by Mobilier




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Pallet bridge








































































pallet wood furniture



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On a final note: A word about safety and wood pallets 
Be advised that some pallets are chemically treated and could actually be hazardous to your health. There are regulations in the US which require pallets to be treated with either chemicals or heat before being shipped overseas. The safest kind of pallets to use for projects are those that are marked "HT" on the wood - that means they have been heat treated by being dried in a kiln.
Aside from chemicals, pallets can also harbor bacteria, insects, and mold. You never know where a pallet has been, or if it could have come in contact with something dangerous, or if it was used to ship a hazardous material such as a pesticide.
Keep these things in mind when considering your pallet project. 




                

What's your favorite pallet upcycle?





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6 comments:

  1. I am in love with the Christmas tree and the picnic table! I love pallets because the wood is already weathered and worn, and the warm colors are gorgeous!

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  2. I think your warning is excellent! Even though we all would like to recycle or upcycle the wood. We need to think about our health and the health of those we care about too.

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  3. These are all seriously awesome. I love the jewelry organizer, wine rack and picnic table. They're all so great, it's hard to even choose just 3 favorites! I'm glad you posted the warning as well. It's good info for anyone wanting to upcycle. =0)

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  4. I love most of it! But if I had to chose just a few I would pick the coffee table (first one), pallet bench, kitchen island and pallet lights. Love the rustic feel of these items.

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  5. What fun projects! I love the Christmas Tree :)

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  6. I love ALL the projects! Where do you find "safe" used pallets?
    I never see any with the HT mark. And I definitely don't want to bring any of the chemically treated ones
    into the house. Great job!
    Thanks so much!
    Shawn

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