Pallet Shed..?

Being a family of 6 and having only a 2 car garage I’ve long wanted a shed in our backyard. Nothing fancy, just a place to store the kids bikes, lawnmower, snow blower, garden tools… It just hasn’t moved high enough up the priority list to justify spending the couple thousand dollars it’d take to buy or build one.

But… Is there a cheaper way? Leaving work the other day, I saw a huge pile of pallets destine for the landfill. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that some of the stuff I see people building from reclaimed pallets is just ludicrous. But, a shed? Could I build on in a weekend for practically nothing..?

Some searching on the web yielded a hand full of decent looking projects. Is this something I could actually do? I built a model in sketch up to get an idea of how many pallets I’d need and what the finished structure might look like. In my head, this thing looks pretty darn good.

The feedback I’m getting from friends and family though is not as good. Mostly they’re rolling eyes and thinking that it is far more likely to have a bonfire for a finished product than a shed

It’s winter now, so there’s no reason to rush, but come spring….

Fold Out Drafting table

Here’s a fold out drafting table I made for my office. I use it nearly every day  and there’s very little I’d change in the design. The drawing surface is an erasable whiteboard and the back is cork for organizing drawing tools. I used a french cleat system to with two cleats on the back of the board. They serve two purposes. 1) top and bottom support for the cork board and 2) allows for height adjustments for use as a stand up or sit down station. It’s built out of  redwood that I reclaimed from my grandpa’s old cottage dock. I found the inspiration for the project on pinterst and modified the design in Sketchup.

Design vs. Final

Fold out drafting table Designed in Sketchup, built from reclaimed redwood. drawing surface is an erasable whiteborad:

Sketchup 3D Warehouse model