Building with Pallets – part 2

Here we are just one more day before Christmas and I’m writing about pallets. There’s nothing I’d rather talk about, other than my goat. 😉

So today we will go more onto the different types and treatment of pallets.


  • European
  • Canadian
  • and our USA

I’ve used all of these. The European pallets have large approx. 3″ x 3″ blocks that separate the boards. Eg. I use these for plant holders. Perfect for succulents or air plants. The wood from European pallets are mostly made of 1″ thick good pine wood. Also they are doubled on the boards. This is good because more wood is always good. Downfall- They use lots of nails to put them together. But as for me, I use this to my advantage and use these boards for something that would be made from naily boards. Giving the piece a very rustic look.

Canadian pallets are said to be one of the best pallets. But it is from Canada…LOL So enough said. These pallets do generally come with good pine boards and beautiful detail in the board.

But the USA pallets have many good qualities. Lots are crafted from hard oak boards. Giving lots of detail and character to the boards. I love the saw marks. They add such amazing beauty to any piece. I’ve come across many pallets that have boards with the bark still on the pine board. This can be used for SO many items of decor.

Moving on to the Treatments of pallets. As we know pallets are used for so many things. Some ship sod, some ship machine equipment and then many ship everyday household items. Many many uses for pallets.

Treatment Codes –

Pallets have stamps on them that tell you the way the wood was treated.

HT – Heat Treated ~ untreated and safe to use.

DB – Debarked ~untreated and safe to use.

MB – Methyl Bromide ~ A Fumigation – TOXIC – Do Not Use

Colored Pallets – Can be Toxic and avoid use.

These Codes and/or IPPC ( Import Regulations) can tell a lot about a pallet. For instance, how it was treated and the company who treated it, the manufacture, date made, where it was made ( country code), and the IPPC Symbol itself.

These wooden crates that are used for shipping and SO many different uses now a days are amazing and the detail goes into each and everyone. The things we take for granted sometimes. So look for the IPPC and treatment codes before building or ever entering your home.

Blessings for a Merry Christmas to everyone!

Paula and Buckshot




Building with Pallets

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Afternoon Everyone…..

Part 1

I’ve built so many things from pallets and never once thought about writing things down. I guess they are in my head and I go with it. Its like riding that bicycle, you just know how to do it and it come to you naturally. When I was a kid I took everything apart to see how it worked and to figure out how to put it back together again.

First, we must start with dimensions. Average measurements for Ergonomics is best to use. Then after my dimensions are laid out I go and look through the pallets I have see which ones would be best for what I building. This might sound funny, but the pallet has to speak to me for the item or items I’m building. If I want it rustic, traditional or farmhouse style. For instance, I make coat hooks or towel holders from Railroad spikes. So for the back wood I love the rustic pieces with the bark still on them. They add suck a great touch to the RR spike iron.

Tomorrow I hope to get into the types of pallets and what to use.

Enjoy your day, Blessing!



All Things Pallets


I’ve add a page for our sister company- All Things Pallets- I started this business 5 plus years ago building pallet furniture and decor items from reclaimed pallets. This is why I started off my blog with ‘pallets’.

There are some many kinds and types of pallets but being reclaimed is the best things. I add a few of the items I’ve made over the years and there are many seasonal items I didn’t include. My love for Design has always been Rustic, Farmhouse, Country. My roots run deep here in the South. So its was only natural for ideas of what to build to come from the brain to my finger tips.

I will start to add some ideas of what I build and sell as a retailer. Please check back.

Enjoy your day, Blessings!



Joining ‘Link up Parties’

Hi Everyone!

As ya’ll know I’m new to Blogging so I’m trying my hand at joining Link Up Parties. It’s a chore taking the time and finding similar blogs to link to but I’ve been successful in doing so.

I’ve found that some party’s have an easy link up to subscribe to and also Pinterest boards to follow. All of this is pretty interesting to to this new blogger.

And all this has been going on for years and I’m just now learning about it. I guess its never to late to teach old dogs new tricks!

Enjoy your day, Blessings!


First blog post

Yes, this is my first blog post. So forgive me if its short or not interesting. 🙂

Lets start with pallets themselves. There are many kinds, sizes, types of wood, styles, and much more involved in a pallet. First off, lets save the trees. Trees have many purposes in life but our earth needs trees to take in carbon dioxide from the air providing us with clean air. Trees cool the roads we live on and supply the wood to build the homes we live in. For the most part, pallets are used for shipping items in bulk or large quantities, heavy materials, sod for lawns, and so much more. They go state to state, over seas and coast to coast. If a pallet could talk and tell you where they’ve been and how they got there, would be an amazing story.