Remember my DIY paver stone patio and walkway project from the summer? Well, those paver stones came to us stacked on (what else?) wood shipping pallets ... 'lotsodem. For a couple months, those pallets sat out behind our garage while I mulled over what to do with them. Neighborhood bonfire? Wild turkey shelter (yes, we have dozens of wild turkeys around)? Skate ramp (wait, I don't skateboard)?
Then I stumbled on this post by John over at Young House Love and thought "Hey, I know! I'll do exactly the same thing he did!" So I did:
I started by unwrapping my new miter saw and cordless drill that I got from Amazon.com's Home Improvement store; actually, this was the best part of the whole project.
Since this was going to be a simple box, I didn't really plan it out or measure; I just found a flat patch of dirt next to the driveway (sort of behind the garage), and stood the pallets on end to get a feel for how they'd go together.
Next, I trimmed a few of the edges off and cut one pallet in half to make the front of the box (so I don't have to hoist yard junk and leaves quite as high when dumping them in).
Then I just screwed the pieces together; for this I tried out a pair of Ansell ProjeX medium duty gloves I was sent for review. I'm a big fan of protecting my fingers, and only recently discovered that a good pair of dextrous work gloves really makes a difference (I always just used those one-size-fits-all yard gloves for everything). The Ansells felt really solid and well-constructed, and I especially like the little plastic knuckle guards on the back (even though it looks a little silly).
(Note: I wasn't paid for this reviewing these, just got a sample pair of gloves to try out).
Here's the box nearly complete, sitting on the driveway:
And here's the finished 'product' (if you can call it that):
Right now we're just using this for yard waste since we don't do a whole lot of food composting. It's not perfect (it'll probably fill up pretty quickly), but it's better than what we were doing before, which was dumping leaves and clippings in a pile under the lilac hedge. Plus, if and when it does fill up, we can easily tear it down and have that neighborhood bonfire I was talking about!
A nice, composty-smelling bonfire. Mmm ....