Need tips for building shed from pallet wood


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Old 08-25-21, 07:59 PM
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Need tips for building shed from pallet wood

I want a 8x10 shed/shop made from pallet wood. I know it will have a limited life but thats ok. I plan to make long studs and floor joists from spliced 2x3s nailed together. Joists will have plenty of supports under them. Siding will be from pallet boards. I don't want them overlapped like shingles because that will make corners difficult to cover and seal. I plan to instead cut half-laps (see attachment) on edges to have a flat surface and be somewhat sealed against weather. Siding (one half inch thick) will be applied with 1-1/2 inch staples since I can not see hammering (or paying for) nearly 2000 nails. Also, half-lapped siding will allow for baten boards over all verticle seams...corners and on stud where board ends meet.
Anyone tried this method? Is there an easier way? Any better ideas? I need a shed/shop. Please give me your ideas. Any good websites?


 

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08-25-21, 11:01 PM
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I can not see hammering (or paying for) nearly 2000 nails
You'll have to pull about 2,500 nails to disassemble enough pallets to make this shed.
Originally Posted by sofasurfer
Anyone tried this method?
Most likely not.
Is there an easier way? Any better ideas?
Yes, buy a pre-fab shed.
I need a shed/shop. Please give me your ideas.
Find a local sawmill that gives away "edge cuts" (the 4 "squaring the circle" cuts that allow logs to be sawn into flat boards Those scrap boards will be easier to work with than endlessly breaking down pallets. And endlessly trying to lap-joint pallets.

 
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Seriously? This sounds like a disaster.
 
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I can not see hammering (or paying for) nearly 2000 nails
You'll have to pull about 2,500 nails to disassemble enough pallets to make this shed.
Originally Posted by sofasurfer
Anyone tried this method?
Most likely not.
Is there an easier way? Any better ideas?
Yes, buy a pre-fab shed.
I need a shed/shop. Please give me your ideas.
Find a local sawmill that gives away "edge cuts" (the 4 "squaring the circle" cuts that allow logs to be sawn into flat boards Those scrap boards will be easier to work with than endlessly breaking down pallets. And endlessly trying to lap-joint pallets.

 
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Old 08-26-21, 12:00 AM
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I think you should give it a try! Once you get into this a few days you will soon begin to understand some basic concepts of construction and why the correct materials are needed.

My only suggestion, start with a dog house, that might have a chance, a shed, not physically possible!
 
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My grandson inherited his grandmother's house and garage. Somewhere along the line his grandfather decided to expand the garage. He tore out a side wall [load bearing ] and put in 4x4s with pallets filling in the space between the posts. Then he nailed vinyl siding to the posts and pallets I suspect that work was done 15-20 yrs ago. I helped him stabilize a few areas and our plans are to tear down that mess and rebuild it wider and correctly.
 
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Originally Posted by sofasurfer
I can not see hammering (or paying for) nearly 2000 nails
Hal_S You'll have to pull about 2,500 nails to disassemble enough pallets to make this shed.
Correction - working with common 3' x 2' pallets, (10 deckboards and 4 base boards) you're going to be pulling out between 4,300 - 6,800 nails.

However, there IS a way that this could work, you're basically making a corn crib or chicken coop.
You'll want to use a drill and deck screws, OR a nail gun: hand hammering ends up shaking things loose.

You'd need four corner posts, mainly for roof support. Using 6x6 post is better, but 4x4 might do.
(EDIT- Dig a hole and set the first post in concrete, OP profile says Michigan it's not worth digging posts below the MI frostline) So, your going to need a "foundation" of concrete blocks, with 4x4 or 6x6 set on top as the base of the walls, then 6x6 or 4x4 vertical posts to support the roof.)

make sure the roof support is plumb and vertical. Nail or screw a 3 tier stack of pallets to the corner posts. (nail on the pallets with the runners vertical, toenail / toescrew / runners them in)
Span the gaps of the pallet runners by nailing a 2x4 to the pallets.
Nail/ screw the next 3 tier stack of pallets to the 2x4.
Repeat until that wall is the length you want.
Now, dig the hole for the second post, use screws to pull it tight to the pallet, then pour the concrete.

Repeat for the other walls. And that's how you make a chicken coup.

For a shed- cover the exterior with siding. If you're going to use it in the winter, you can slide backed fiberglass insulation down through the pallet, put the pink side facing out so you're not getting itchy.
 

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Old 08-26-21, 05:47 AM
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As a person who has built two sheds over the past 40 years on very limited budget, what you're trying to do is make a silk purse from a sows ear.
Questions to be answered. And ways to keep cost to a minimum.
First decide on the size.
Are permits required?
Are you building on ground or concrete?
If on bare ground, I suggest sinking piers (using concrete block) and putting 4 x 4 sleepers on those. Then build your frame on 24" centers. Your roof can also be on 24" centers. Use T111 as a siding. It's relatively cheap and covers a lot of area. Then just paint or stain. Don't forget to add your underground electrical line.
Cheap roof or corrugated metal will do the job. For an 8 x10 I would guestimate about $700 to $1000 to DIY.


 
 

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