Hi there! My name is Sally, and I live on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. I’ve embarked on a new hobby, which I have enjoyed so much that I’d like to share it with you.
I’ve always been pretty crafty, having done things like sewing, pottery and mosaics, but I’d never done more in the building world than hammer a few nails and drill a few screws. I had always wanted to “make stuff” like outdoor furniture. When browsing the showrooms, I’d bend over and look underneath tables to see how they were put together. I thought to myself, “How can this be thousands of dollars when it’s just a few pieces of wood screwed together in a really basic way?”
Well, I finally decided to get off my butt and give it a go. What I found out is that working with wood, while not difficult (so far!) is time-consuming. I suppose this, and the fact that some types of wood are very expensive, is why some pieces of furniture are so expensive.
I’ll mention here that I don’t think my creations are put together with such craftsmanship to warrant being thousands of dollars – but in most cases, they’ve served the intended purpose. 🙂
Two reasons. The most important reason is that it’s good for the planet! When I discovered that businesses are literally burning their pallets because it is too costly to do anything else with them, I decided I will make it my mission to upcycle as many pallets as I can and give this beautiful wood a new life.
The second reason is, I get off on living frugally and finding a bargain! I don’t know why… There’s just something awesome about finding that perfect pre-loved dress in an op-shop for $4! It’s a kind of retaliation to the way society expects me to live. We are all so caught up in the material things we have that we’re prepared to kill ourselves in our job to earn enough money to afford more. I would much prefer to earn less because I spend less! Rather than work long hours, I’d prefer to spend my time scouring op shops and recycled treasure shops, or DIY’ing. I get that some people would prefer to go out and buy a table for a few hundred dollars than spend hours making one; but for me, the joy is in the actual activity. I hope it is for you too!
Why this blog?
When my husband suggested making things out of old wooden pallets, I jumped online for inspiration. And there is PLENTY of pallet inspiration on the internet! But, having never built anything before, I wanted instructions, advice and plans. I discovered that they are quite hard to find.
So I embarked on a process of reading basic building books (free from the local library in Queanbeyan, NSW, where I was living at the time), watching You Tube how-to videos, and scouring building/woodworking websites. I found basic plans (I must thank Ana from ana-white.com for many of these!) And then I built my first table.
What I discovered about building with pallets is that the wood dimensions and types are limited; therefore, cutting things to sizes outlined in plans makes things difficult! That’s why I decided to start this blog. My goal is to give you information, advice and FREE PALLET PLANS that acknowledge we are building with pallet wood. Rather than give you a plan for a table that uses 7 pieces of wood that are each exactly 10cm wide, to make a table top of exactly 72.5cm wide (with exactly 0.5cm space in between each slat), my plans help you to work with what you’ve got. For example, to make a table that is roughly 72.5cm wide, my plan will tell you to lay your pallet slats out on the ground and choose the number of slats you want. So based on the size of your slats, you may end up with a table that is 69 cm wide or 75 cm wide. This is the beauty about building with pallets – you end up with a beautiful piece that is unique!
The more people I show my projects to, the more questions I get about how I made it, how hard it was, how long it took. People are interested in using free wood to do something good for the environment! So hopefully you find this blog a great resource to help you along your way.