Credit: Butch Bridges
Lifehacker posted this fantastic article about a man who built a Wood Shed out of Pallets.
I love a good DIY project, and I’ve grabbed the most pertinent information from Butch’s (very dated looking) web site and presented them here.
1) 42 inch by 42 inch square pallets.
The less cutting you have to do to the pallets, the better. They are made of extremely hard wood.
One wall is formed by bolting 3 pallets together, end to end. 42 inch x 126 inch wall or about 10.5 feet.
2) 50x 3.5 inch long, 5/16 inch bolts and washers. Using 1/4 inch bolts instead could save some money.
To start the second level wall, bolt 2 sections together, then place them on top of the first wall, beginning at a corner.
Continue bolting one section to the next, until you had gone all around the shed’s 2nd level.
To secure the 2nd level to the 1st level, use short pieces of 1X4′s inside the walls of the pallets with about 24x 4 inch long bolts all the way through.
3) 12 foot long 2x4s turned on their sides. 2x6s would be better, but cost more.
4) Raise the front of the shed’s roof by another 10 inches using 2x4s as extensions. This will give the roof a good slope.
5) Place 12 foot long 1x4s across the 2x4s, secured with 3.5 inch deck screws.
6) It will take 63x 3.5 inch deck screws if you put 2x at the ends of each 2X4.
7) Galvanized carport sheet metal.
8) 4×8 sheets of 7/16 inch thick LP SmartSide Panel. $16.95 a sheet. 10 sheets.
The shed doors pictured were from another project.
Secure the shed to the ground with concrete piers at each corner.
Heavy steel straps embedded into the concrete along with an 18 inch piece of rebar drove into the hole.
In summary, a 10 ft X 10 ft shed made from recycled wood pallets turned out very well. Stronger than expected, less complicated to make, and saved money over the conventional building method or store bought sheds. Since there is no plastic in the construction, it should last many years.
Total cost was less than $500.