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Wood Pallet DIY Projects: 20 Building Projects to Enrich Your Home, Your Heart & Your Community

Several years ago when a friend asked Baltimore cabinet maker Stephen Fitzberger to build raised garden beds to teach Baltimore City children how to grow food, a novel idea was born.

By Stephen Fitzberger (Author), Diane Fitzberger (Author)
Fox Chapel Publishing
Jun 12 2018

He didn’t have funds for the project, so he used reclaimed wood from shipping pallets.

He started a company, Abba Woodworks, LLC, with the main objective of creating jobs and teaching skills to those who struggle finding an open door. “I realized that pallets from businesses around the city were great to use for training and making great re-purposed products while also keeping them from going to the landill. Win, win,” says Fitzgerald.

“I wanted to establish a place where you could begin to reclaim your life if you had struggled to overcome addiction, homelessness, or just needed an opportunity because your path was different from the norm.”

Discover the potential of rediscovered wood as you upcycle salvaged pallets to create beautiful one-of-a-kind projects. This book shows how to make useful products for the home and garden out of reclaimed wood from shipping pallets. Twenty step-by-step projects include raised garden beds; herb and rail planters; wine, spice and coat racks; book shelves; benches; water barrel stands; small compost bins; and more. With practical advice on where to find pallets, how to process them into usable lumber, fasteners, sanding, and finishing, it also includes important tips on how to make sure that your pallets are safe and not sprayed with harmful chemicals.

See the book.