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poodle
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I am looking for as many pallets as the island has to offer...

Pallets would need to be in decent condition, please.

I plan to utilize these pallets for furniture first, then I plan to be a part of a team of adults who will help teach/guide children in learning how to recycle pallets into usable items.

Anyone with pallets who can deliver them, please pm me for setting a time that works best for you.

Anyone interested in 'playing' with the pallets to experiment for uses, please pm me too.

The majority of the pallets I have seen come to the island seem to be without chemicals, aka disposable. These are the pallets I need. Many of them will be painted over, so color does not matter.

And...on that subject...anyone with odd paint looking to get rid of it, I'd love those donations too!

Thanks!

STX Direct

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Topic starter Posted : October 12, 2013 6:47 pm
Jamison
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Cool. I might have some cool links for you then. Ill try and find them. I lost a lot when my computer crashed.

what a fun project.

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Posted : October 12, 2013 9:53 pm
poodle
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Jamison...I'll post to your fb when I get the projects started...I'd love for you to come play!

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Topic starter Posted : October 13, 2013 9:26 am
rosesisland
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I've seen some awesome ideas repurposing pallets. Best to you on your projects. If I were younger, I believe I'd be doing same thing!

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Posted : October 13, 2013 11:06 am
Alana33
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You could probably contact the grocery stores and get all their discarded pallets.
Every time I drive behind Pricesmart in STT they have stacks of them so sure you could get as many as you wish or need from those stores in STX.

Here's a link you might enjoy:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/diy-crate-projects-wine-shipping-ideas_n_1937307.html?utm_hp_ref=green&utm_source=scribol.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=scribol.com

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Posted : October 13, 2013 2:25 pm
poodle
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Well, I went to a few places that had stacks upon stacks of pallets...and they told me that they just pull a dumpster in and throw them away at a cost of $100 per dumpster. Well, I don't get it...they could spend less just bringing them to me 🙂 , and I would be recycling them and not filling the landfill!

Where is the spirit of Community???

I have plans for coffee tables, dog beds, lawn chairs, etc...isn't that a better use than a landfill?

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Topic starter Posted : October 13, 2013 7:20 pm
Ronnie
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What you need then is a cadre of truckers or folks with trucks to pick them up if they are there for the offering? Their system only costs them $100. Pick up and delivery could be more costly. Not everyone values things the same. JMHO
Have the dumpster pepole bring them to you.

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Posted : October 13, 2013 10:08 pm
poodle
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Great idea Ronnie! Thanks!!

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Topic starter Posted : October 13, 2013 11:14 pm
AandA2VI
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I love using pallets!! I make coffee tables out of them but use them for wine racks planters and so much more. I get mine from OfficeMax and Home Depot. I actually my the coffee tables (currently 3 at Mango Tango) because they are treated already - won't get termites - can be painted to match decor - won't mold or break down and the BEST part is that they don't warp or get ruined from drink glass sweat. So awesome! Search Pinterest for a ton of ideas - from staircases to bed frames.

My only advice is I hope your in shape as pulling them apart takes forever and is a TON or work lol.

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Posted : October 14, 2013 12:36 am
poodle
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Nice table A&A!

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Topic starter Posted : October 14, 2013 10:15 am
poodle
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I have long ago Googled "pallet furniture", so I have plenty of ideas...but I love seeing what our community has made with them!

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Topic starter Posted : October 14, 2013 10:35 am
Jamison
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I made a fire with them the other night

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Posted : October 14, 2013 3:54 pm
AandA2VI
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lol - why didn't I think of that! You're so clever. 😉

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Posted : October 14, 2013 5:01 pm
rmb2830
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not safe to breathe fumes from burning treated wood

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Posted : October 14, 2013 5:19 pm
nicholaseppihimer
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I always have a stack of pallets, in gallows bay, i have too find homes for. Unfortunately, I do not have a truck. You are more than welcome to come pick them up!

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Posted : October 14, 2013 5:21 pm
poodle
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Thanks so much Nicholas! I really appreciate the offer! Unfortunately, my time is so tied-up between getting the biz together and working a regular job, that I am so short handed on time. When things let up, I'll be sure to contact you. If you maybe have a buddy with a truck who would take some time to deliver...I would appreciate that too!

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Topic starter Posted : October 14, 2013 8:13 pm
poodle
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See, Jamison? See what those pallet fumes did to your head?? I see it....just never quite knew what the cause was...

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Topic starter Posted : October 14, 2013 8:18 pm
Jamison
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Huffing burning pallet smoke is the least of my worries. Ha

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Posted : October 14, 2013 8:54 pm
poodle
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(tu)

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Topic starter Posted : October 14, 2013 9:14 pm
Alana33
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Huffing burning pallet smoke is the least of my worries. Ha

Just don't be burning any Manchineel wood, branches, etc. as highly toxic to inhale as is the fruit to eat.

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Posted : October 15, 2013 12:15 pm
poodle
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Alana, I think you missed the idea of Jamison's silliness...

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Topic starter Posted : October 15, 2013 10:10 pm
OldTart
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I picked up two so far, stapled the sides and bottoms with landscaping fabric (allowing for drainage but keeping out weeds) and filled them with soil. Put them on a little rocky hill outside my door and now have a regular supply of various lettuce, spinach and chard along with several herbs. I plant just a few seeds of each at staggered intervals and transplant them into the pallet planters when ready, pull off a few leaves for salads every day. Hitherto unseen slugs appeared initially to enjoy, but slug tape around the perimeter of the pallets works without killing them!

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Posted : October 16, 2013 11:33 am
JulieKay
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Be aware that planting food crops in pallets can expose you to elevated levels of arsenic, as pallets are made of treated wood. This may or may not be concerning but if it is look online for more info.

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Posted : October 16, 2013 11:36 am
OldTart
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Be aware that planting food crops in pallets can expose you to elevated levels of arsenic, as pallets are made of treated wood. This may or may not be concerning but if it is look online for more info.

I think you'll find that arsenic was phased out years ago. The more commonly used chemical is methyl bromide.

This is an informative article:

http://www.naturallifemagazine.com/1206/reusing_wooden_pallets.htm

I'm guessing there are way more potential nasties around my place than a couple of treated wooden pallets!

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Posted : October 16, 2013 1:37 pm
JulieKay
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Be aware that planting food crops in pallets can expose you to elevated levels of arsenic, as pallets are made of treated wood. This may or may not be concerning but if it is look online for more info.

I think you'll find that arsenic was phased out years ago. The more commonly used chemical is methyl bromide.

This is an informative article:

http://www.naturallifemagazine.com/1206/reusing_wooden_pallets.htm

I'm guessing there are way more potential nasties around my place than a couple of treated wooden pallets!

Methyl Bromide is also toxic.

I worked in the shipping/logistics industry for many years directly with pallets and all sorts of transports. I've seen what happens to pallets. For me, I would do nothing with them that involved long term exposure to either my skin or my food. There is NO way to know that you have a "clean" pallet, and zero knowledge of what dripped/spilled on them or that they were treated with during their lifetimes. Remember the Tylenol recall that happened because Tylenol was shipped on toxic pallets? It happens.

Poodle knows my opinions and she's my dear friend so I'm not speaking out of turn here. 🙂 But people really need to know the risks using pallets in a way that could affect your health. I'm a fan of using them in landscaping and so on, but not for furniture or food production.

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Posted : October 16, 2013 1:48 pm
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