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Building Barns From Pallets
March 8, 2011
12:32 pm
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CATRAY44
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Someone on FaceBook posted a link, recently, about building barns and outbuildings from pallets… cost for a new building can be minimal!  Here are some links if anyone is interested…

 

March 8, 2011
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The pictures show the importance of the skills of the builder using this method. A skillful builder can make a very nice looking job using pallets and some new material but some of the pictures show the effects of first time efforts by inexperienced builders.

March 8, 2011
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I guess that would be true of any kind of build.  Just thought i would put the idea out there for any who would be interested in building an outbuilding at a much smaller cost.  Hope it helps someone! sleepy-cow  

March 8, 2011
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Love it!! I am always looking for ways to save some money but also help out the environment!!

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

March 8, 2011
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Careful planning for using the building material you have available makes possible fine buildings from castoff material. I go not in any way mean to critize the material choice. many pallets are made from quality oak lumber. The companies that make pallets buy lumber by the truckload and I have salvaged many fine boards from shipping crates and pallets. Sometimes the lumber is selected for a light load and a one time use pallet with no thought for anything but cost. Those pallets are not suitable for building sheds. Many pallets are better built and more durible. Being able to tell the difference and to make the best use of them requires some study and knowledge.

March 8, 2011
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If you look around Suzanne's blog, you'll see that I/we have used pallets for lots of things.  I'm after functionality—-and low cost. And don't mind the recycling aspect.  yes

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March 8, 2011
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I think that is a great idea, cheap, you recycle and if I look at the pictures it looks great.

 

March 8, 2011
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You know, I just might get a chicken house yet! The only problem would be in finding some sturdy pallets. Most of the ones I've seen around here are not very substantial.

It's funny, our house was made from the crates the Minuteman Missiles were brought in to the local AFB back in the 60's. Now there is some sturdy lumber. Native oak 4 by 4's. Recycling is good.

March 8, 2011
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That is pretty cool, Miss Judy!

 

 I sure agree about the affordable functionality, 52!

March 9, 2011
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Oh boy!

I've just sent the links to my DH and hoping that he'll get an idea.  We will be doing SOMETHING this year to expand and extend all out buildings for the animals and plants.  I have seen some really great pictures of re-using stuff (like old buses) to make chicken sheds and can't wait to plan something fun.

 

Thanks Catray!

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Shari

…and then they bought the goat! :D

March 9, 2011
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Pallets work really good for doors or gates on pens and shelters, even if you build the rest of it with something else!  And we have an entire shelter built from pallets, too.  We used it as a pig pen at first but now it's a sheep shelter.  The gates/doors to the goat pen and the goat house are all made out of pallets.

Clover made me do it.

March 9, 2011
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I went hunting for the two other pallet buildings I had seen, I have to say that this is my fave! It's the one that sent me hunting for more examples.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=16313-pallet-coop

That lady is so cute!  She did it almost all by herself, but they're not “normal” pallets so maybe it doesn't quite count.  Also I think there are a couple design flaws in it, I wouldn't want to trust it with a heavy snowfall but I still admire her determination.

This is another one, http://www.oklahomahistory.net/palletshed.html 

There's a pallet business near me, they sell pallets for (last I checked) $3.60 apiece. I plan on getting some to do some small projects, I think a short box type set up with a hinged roof for ducks will be good.  Nothing nearly as ambitious as these or the others shown.   

 

 

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March 9, 2011
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In case anyone wants to see, here's the link to the “goat house tour” post where you can see how the pallets are used:

 

https://chickensintheroad.com/barn/goat-house-tour/

 

Pallets are awesome!  And free!!!  I'm really intrigued by the idea of using them as a basis for a larger structure.

Clover made me do it.

March 9, 2011
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Deb, wow, I love that chicken house lady!!!!

Clover made me do it.

March 9, 2011
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I have only used pallets to put under a dog house in a shelter to keep water out.  As has been stated here before, animals deserve a proper shelter and pallets are not it.  they can be kept dry, out of the mud and weather with proper shelters.  Cheap is good when it comes to some things and free too but if you are caring for animals especially in harsh winters they deserve proper shelter, with a proper floor and space. 

March 9, 2011
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jane, did you even LOOK at any of those buildings?  I'D live in several of them!!!

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March 9, 2011
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jane, we're not going to start this on the forum, too.

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

March 9, 2011
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If the right pallets are chosen, they are great for any hard wood project!  My chicken house 4x4s are from pallets.  I've torn up HUNDREDS of pallets to use for many things!  A saws-all and a pallet is your canvas!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

March 9, 2011
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Wow!  Those are some VERY neat structures!  Not something that everyone can/would do, of course, for a whole bunch of reasons.  (No one is going to come getcha if you opt to use fresh, new, green lumber instead!)

A neighbor brings us pallet pieces already cut into small pieces to burn in our fire pit.  Most are pretty beat up and burning is absolutely the best option for them.  But, some are quite nice pieces – I wish sometimes that we had them for construction projects instead!

We, too, have used pallets for various purposes as well as burning them.  Using them is just like any other repurposing project – you must inspect the materals and find the appropriate use for them.  Isn't that the most fun part of it?  happy-flower

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March 9, 2011
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Certainly not everything is good for everybody, but, boy if I knew how to build and was short on funds, I would be thrilled to have a building out of pallets. ( I would be thrilled even if I were not short of funds.)  Suzanne's goat house looks great to me and the horse barn, etc, WOW!  Hope it helps someone.  I think part of American resiliency is taking something from nothing or not much and making something wonderful from it.butterfly

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