Last year on Earth Day, I wrote about my conflicted feelings about shipping pallets. On the one hand, I know that using so much wood for pallets that will only be shipped once is really wasteful—but on the other hand, I really love the fact that all this waste wood provides a source of free (or nearly free) material for DIY projects. And I'm fascinated by all the different things it's possible to make with this free material. We've never done anything more complicated than a compost bin, but there are websites online devoted solely to pallet projects, and some of them are truly amazing: furniture, walls, floors, even entire buildings.
So I decided to indulge my fancy for pallet projects by devoting an entire article to this subject on Money Crashers. In this piece, I explore the many types of home and garden projects it's possible to create with pallet wood, from outdoor furniture to wine racks to wall art. (Basically, it's pallet porn.) I also discuss strategies for finding free pallets, selecting the best ones, and not least importantly, getting them home (something we ran into trouble with when we discovered full-sized shipping pallets are one of the few things that don't fit in our Fit).
Here's the article: 10 DIY Projects You Can Make Out of Free Wooden Shipping Pallets