The P.A.L.L.E.T. (Pallet and Loose Lumber Enclosure Tower)




Introduction: The P.A.L.L.E.T. (Pallet and Loose Lumber Enclosure Tower)

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After taking apart many wooden pallets I found that I was running out of places to store all of the wood.  I decided to built a simple and fast container for pallet wood, made out of pallet wood. What I came up with was the P.A.L.L.E.T. or the Pallet And Loose Lumber Enclosure Tower.

I didn't need any thing pretty for my purposes so I did not sand or paint the P.A.L.L.E.T.. Also it should be noted that most of the cuts are not as precise as they could have been; I had a few hours on a nice day to make something functional so I went for it and while it may not be pretty, it does its job quite well.  As an added bonus I can easily take it apart to use in another project :-)

Tape Measure
Reciprocating Saw
Jigsaw or Handsaw
Power Drill w/ Bits

Two and a Half Medium Sized Pallets
Wood Screws (I used 1-3/4" screws)
Wood Glue (Optional)

Step 1: Gutting the Pallets

To start we will be cutting the bottom planks and inner beams off of two similar sized pallets, this will be done with a reciprocating saw. Once that is done, cut one plank off of what will be the top of the P.A.L.L.E.T.

Next we will remove the bottom planks from another pallet and cut in half. Note we will only be using one of these halves.

Step 2: Cutting the Sides

Our next step is to cut the sides which will secure our gutted pallets to one another.  Remember the middle inner beam we cut from the first two pallets?  We will be using this to make the sides.

I cut each beam into two pieces, making four final pieces, each 14" long.  You can make them as long or short as needed; I wanted my project to fit under an overhang/gutter on the side of my house.

Step 3: Putting It Together

I found it easiest to lay one pallet on the ground and attach the sides there. I matched the sides with the planks of pallet wood for added stability and a somewhat cleaner look. I only used one screw per end this way as the wood did not move when flush against the planks. Wood glue or extra screws could be added for more stability.

Step 4: Finishing Up

To finish up I trimmed the excess sides of the front planks so they would be flush with the side pieces. I also added a crude bottom by screwing extra boards to the bottom of the PALLET. I keep it outside, under a roof outcrop and while it isn't too pretty, it has held several pallets worth of wood through a couple of seasons and has not shown any signs of weakening. I hope some of you feel inspired and build your own bigger and better PALLET!



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    12 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Nice idea. Did something similar out of an old fence.


    love this. thanks


    Awesome. While I don't have access to any pallets, I do have access to scrap wood from adding a garage and other home improvement projects in our older home.

    Suggestion--with the addition of cross members both top and bottom, this would be a good storage project for dowels, pipes, or long handled garden/yard tools. We have one of those garden tool holders that just doesn't have enough space for all our tools. Add heavy duty rollers and maybe some handles and the P.A.L.L.E.T. would be mobile.

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    Those are great ideas! I tried to use as few pallets and resources as possible (the more for using in other projects) but that also meant limiting it's utility.

    This is a pretty sweet build :) ! Still, shouldn't lumber, even the
    well-seasoned stuff from pallets and such, be stacked horizontally, with
    support every 12"-24"? So I've always been taught.

    omg I really need this. I was thinking of a sideways solution, but this makes more sense.

    For wet climates a roof would be recommendable for outdoor storage, but thats a minor modification to a simple, yet useful construction. Nice work :)

    N.N. F.C.S.I.P

    Neat, No Fuss, Clever and Simple as per Instructables Philosophy.

    Any vetter compliment out there ?…

    P.A.L.L.E.T. - I love a good acronym. Great instructable! Congratulations on being featured.

    Fantastic! And of course you didn't have to much time to build you had to put the real time into that AWESOME name! Great project!

    I love this. Convenient wood storage is one of life's underrated luxuries.