More Uses for Pallets

We’ve already covered a wide range of things that can be made with salvaged shipping pallets. Use the built-in search engine (now much improved!) to get ideas for pallet furniture, wood cladding, ceilings and other items. This blog post lists some additional uses for pallets. Craft projects such as children’s toys, mirrors, coat racks, magazine … Read more

Post and Beam Pallet Wall

One of the best benefits of doing this blog is having the opportunity to network with other natural builders. Loads (thousands of people) send us info on their projects, ask questions and share their ideas. Some of the best ideas you see on our blog have come about through this brainstorming process. We share them … Read more

Earth Lodge Pallet Walls

From time to time we answer reader’s questions. Here, numerous emails have been combined and edited for brevity. Rex: My goal is to learn to build houses with local materials in order to help people in my area build sustainable debt free homes. I’m in love with your Earthbag Lodge plan as I had previously … Read more

Exploring Natural Plasters on Pine Ridge Pallet House

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDT16crY6sc In this video, David Reed of Texas Natural Builders kindly shows us his work with developing the right plaster mix for the pallet house near Pine Ridge. This is his first full-house pallet build and his first in a severe hot-and-cold-weather climate like ours. Critics of natural building often say that natural building is … Read more

Recycled Wall Cladding Sample Projects

Yesterday’s blog post explained how to install wall cladding made of recycled wood. Here are some sample projects so you can see the final look. Image source: Shades of Light.com Image source: Apartment Therapy.com Image source: Ucreate Before & After Directions for installing pallet wood accent wall: Bower Power Directions for installing pallet wood accent … Read more

Pallet Craft

Definition: Pallet-craft is reusing wood from shipping crates or pallets to make furniture, shelving, toys, decks, planters, sheds, animal pens, compost bins, ceilings, accent walls (wall cladding), benches and other useful items. Pallet craft can be as simple as making a bird house or an entire custom home out of (typically) free salvaged pallets. The … Read more