If you are running out of storage space or want to organize your scrap timber pile, this simple and inexpensive project might be the answer to your problem!
It’s called the P.A.L.L.E.T. or the Pallet And Loose Lumber Enclosure Tower. A pallet and lumber enclosure tower is a type of storage unit that is often used in warehouses and other storage facilities. These units are designed to store pallets and loose lumber in a safe and secure manner.
The units are typically made from repurposed pallets or other durable materials, and they may include features such as lockable doors and adjustable shelves. Pallet and lumber enclosure towers can be used to store a variety of items, and they are an excellent way to keep your storage area organized.
This clever storage for scrap timber will not cost you a fortune. In this case, it’s made from free recycled pallets. You can also use salvaged timber to keep the cost low. Although the finish might look rough, this storage does the job pretty well. And when the time comes that you have the budget to build better storage for your scrap timber, you can easily take it apart and reuse it for a new project!
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- Two and a Half Medium-Sized Pallets
- 1-3/4″ Wood Screws
- Wood Glue (Optional)
- Tape Measure
- Reciprocating Saw
- Jigsaw or Handsaw
- Power Drill w/ Bits
STEPS TO BUILD AN ENCLOSURE TOWER
To start we will be cutting the bottom planks and inner beams off of two similar-sized pallets, this will be done with a reciprocating saw. Once that is done, cut one plank off of what will be the top of the P.A.L.L.E.T.
Next, we will remove the bottom planks from another pallet and cut them in half. Note that we will only be using one of these halves. We will then use these pieces to create the front and back walls of our enclosure tower.
Our next step is to cut the sides which will secure our gutted pallets to one another. Remember the middle inner beam we cut from the first two pallets? We will be using this to make the sides of the enclosure tower.
I cut each beam into two pieces, making four final pieces. You can make them as long or short as needed, but I found that 14 inches was a good length. This gave me enough material to work with without making the pieces too unwieldy.
When constructing an enclosure tower it is easiest to lay one pallet on the ground and attach the sides there. Matching the sides with the planks of pallet wood for added stability and a somewhat cleaner look will produce the best results.
You can use only one screw per end to attach the plank to the wall. This way, the wood won’t move when it’s flush against the planks. You can add wood glue or extra screws for more stability.
To finish up, trim the excess sides of the front planks so they would be flush with the side pieces. Also, add a more sturdy bottom by screwing extra boards to the bottom of the PALLET. This will help to ensure that your PALLET will be able to withstand more weight and last longer.
You can keep it outside, under a roof. And it will hold several pallets worth of wood through a couple of seasons and will not show any signs of weakening.
Of course, you can always use this as an inspiration for building your own, better version of the PALLET! Could you use one in your workshop?
Thanks to AmateurHour for this great tutorial!