Stacked on end and fastened to a waterproof wall, the hollow centre of the pallet can become a space for potting soil with plants growing out through the spaces between the slats. Or, by simply adding four castor wheels, a glass top, and some wood finish, a pallet can be turned into a rustic and highly functional coffee table. Or how about pallet-style butchers block in your kitchen? Cut in half and stacked on top of one another, pallets also make a unique wine bottle storage rack and shelf. Pallets can also be taken apart, freeing up the wood for reuse as other kinds of shelves, coat racks, bookcases, and worst case scenario...kindling for you woodstove.
Because they are often dumped or left for scavengers to pick up outside of businesses for free, scavenged pallets can be a very economical material to work with. Most pallets are made from quality hardwoods like oak and mahogany. Others are made of softer woods, but all are built with strong fasteners that usually have shanks to resist pulling. This gives wooden pallets a high amount of strength, making them ideal for other purposes that require this characteristic, like gates and chairs.