With a Pallet of Temperance


Howdy folks, this is a little post about what I’ve been up to lately. I was hoping to write about my blooming acting career, but alas, it is still in the bud.

Instead, I am going to write about my pallet obsession!

I work at a scary house production for five months of the year. We like to dismantle pallets and use the old wood. They are constructed of hardwood, are usually weather-worn and look good. My supervisor, Bloody Bobby, used the wood to build torture chamber racks, and I used parts to build sliding, pocket doors for my pallet maze. When I had enough trick doors, I built an over-sized bench to put on top. Pallets are built of ribs and slats. We were using the slats. There were lots of left over center ribs, so I built an over-built table exclusively of ribs. It probably weighs a hundred pounds.

This year, at the end of the season, I brought some pallets home with me. I have recently dismantled a few and built some furniture. Here is the original bench and rib table.




Then, a couple of benches, a coffee table, and a few bookshelves.



The last bookshelf features attempted representations of our fur-babies, Jesse, Kitka, and Sam. I hope to produce more stuff like this.


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17 Responses to With a Pallet of Temperance

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Looks great! You’ve had way more success than I with pallets. The ones we have available to us in SoCal are beat up with millions of rusty nails. No amount of sanding or staining could make them look half as good as what you have.

    What did you use to cut the fur person shapes?

    • admin says:

      Hi Elizabeth.
      Thank you for stopping by.
      The pallets I prefer are from a roofing shingle business. Roofing shingles are extra heavy. They require special pallets. I suggest trying to get pallets from a roofing supply.
      Pallet disassembly involves first, cutting the outside nails with a sawzall. I use a crowbar to pull up the boards with the nails still in them. {I tried the crowbar on the outside nails, but often the boards would break. To get an unbroken board, I cut them with a sawzall.} I use a grinder to then cut off the nails.
      I used a jigsaw to cut out the figures.
      Happy Trails!

  2. Cathy says:

    Love your fur babies ? and brilliant work with the pallets!

  3. Penny Blake says:

    Looks totally awesome!! 😀

  4. Dani says:

    I guess my name is spam again. >.< Anyway… WOW! You're really handy with those. I know there are lots of neat projects but I don't think I'm good enough with my hands to accomplish any as gorgeous as yours. Thanks for sharing.

    • admin says:

      Hi Dani.
      Your name is not spam. Your name is synonymous with story construction and break-down.
      Thank you for visiting!
      The shelf with the dogs and cat came out better than I could have hoped. I have two benches built, but I have been unable to come up with the artwork I like to finish them. :-/
      Happy Trails, Perspective Girl.
      ~Ichabod. 🙂

  5. These are gorgeous! I had no idea you are a talented craftsman too. I especially love the furbaby carvings. They must have taken ages. Great work 🙂

    • admin says:

      Hi Stephanie Jane!
      Thank you for visiting!
      I think that I just got lucky on the animal carvings. They really do capture the essence of the cat and dogs personality.
      Happy Trails, and Happy Reading!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky. 🙂

  6. Meggy says:

    Wow, great work! And love the babies!

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  8. Wow, Icky! I love what you created! Talk about artistic talents! I do hope your acting career will bloom really soon, good sir. Take care! 😀

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