Free pallets are wanted here, just your standard, everyday pallet is fine. You can see I'm using two free pallets as a raised surface for our small backyard container garden of mostly tomatoes and Japanese cucumbers. This system works great cause all we have to do is run the mower along the edges of the wooden pallets and not worry about knocking over any veggies. (And the slats in the pallets were perfect for sliding the legs of the tomato cages through to the ground.)
Anyway, I thought I was so smart and clever until doing a search on the Internet this morning....I found a lot of VERY ingenious uses for a standard pallet. Here are just a few:
You can find more info about this functional DIY coffee table project here.
How cool is this shoe holder I found on Malama 'aina blog? It's perfect for here in Hawaii as it's considered rude to wear your shoes inside a home. (It's like saying their floor is too dirty for your bare feet, so even though their floor may indeed be a tad not as clean as you'd like, please remove your shoes. Mahalo!) Note to inventor though...we may need a hook or two to hold the slippers? ;)
Treehugger showcases this really cool chair built from recycled wood pallets.
Artisan Ana White made some reclaimed wood shelves from a standard pallet freebie. She has a handy tutorial here.
Builder/designer Tom Newton crafted this magical door from wood pallets. I want one!
So, next time you see a discarded pallet, better grab it when you can. (But don't forget to ask first!) What have you used a standard pallet for?