Friday, October 25, 2013

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


Pallet bridge

pallet wood furniture

pallet reuse

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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