The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,
The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;
The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;
The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;
The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.
Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be
Without wood.

Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Great Designs in Wood (28) - Re-purposed Pallets

In #23 of these Great Designs posts, we examined a video of temporary, cost-effective housing solution for refugees. That was a popular post, and the recent post on pallet art has zoomed right up the list of most popular posts ever on this blog (although I'm not sure why.)

Wooden pallets are appealing, I think, because they are simple, functional in so many ways, easily converted to something else, and easy to obtain. I've found a few more interesting pallet videos that I thought were worth of a Go Wood Woodie award.  Here are the category winners...

In the "You Might be a Redneck if..." category, the winner is "pallet decks", which easily demonstrates that you might be a redneck if you build a deck of pallets set atop bricks that hold down a plastic sheet...and the pallets are clearly rental-pool pallets that are the property of the largest pallet company in the world which is notorious for dragging pallet purloiners into court...and for good measure, you make a compilation video of your work (including a good shot of a large stack of the proprietary blue pallets at the 0:40 mark), and then soundtrack the whole thing with a rockin' version of "If Bubba Can Dance, I Can Too."

Hope the good Reverend who uploaded the video gets some hot boot scootin' done on his deck before the pallet police show up. Or, at least, that he has a receipt showing that he actually bought them legally after Big Blue released them. But hey, the project at least shows you can build a pretty nice deck out of pallets without getting real fancy.

In the category of "Best Use of International Pallets to Feed the Hungry" is the video "Mesa de Pallet", which again demonstrates the concept of "pallet pool leakage". A nice dinner table is made with the use of European and Canadian rental pallets, which I'm pretty sure are not going to find their way back to the Mother Pool.


But the Canadians, at least, are good sports about it, as they usually are in all things not hockey-related. In the category "Best Promotional Video of Encouraging Folks to Make off with Your Product" the video "Old Pallets" wins hands down, with dozens of great ways to re-purpose a wooden pallet for life after logistics. They even promote a website called that tells you all about used wooden pallets and gives you plans and blueprints, to boot! Check out the spectator stands at the 0:57 mark...


For my friends down under, is "Smash Pallet Palace", the winner of the "Best Production Value of Man Handling and Sawing Pallets." Really nice job on the live action video production, and a pretty nice project, mate.

Can't leave out the Europeans, who can pretty much design chic furniture out of anything. The winner of the "Best Poolside Pallet Lounger" category is this chaise in the video entitled " Fabriquer une chaise longue design en pallete." Must be French.

And finally, the Winner of the Coveted Go Wood Wooden Woodie Award in the Pallet Re-Purposing Category for 2012 is.......


Mark said...

That deck with the 2 layers of CHEP pallets as a foundation will have more critters living in it in 2 months than the closest wood lot.

Chuck Ray said...

That's what's great about the design, Mark. Combination deck/wildlife habitat/hunting blind.