Easy Log Stores From Shipping pallets
Making quick and easy Log Stores from Shipping Pallets was I think my first ever project using pallets. I needed an affordable way of storing my logs that would be easy to build. The Log Stores would also have to provide maximum air flow around the logs while they dry out or season and also be protected from the weather.
At that time I was able to cut and split my own firewood as a friendly tree surgeon used to let me have as much softwood as I wanted. I reckon I did around 8 tons a year to keep us heated throughout winter and not using gas central heating at all.
For this job pallets were just perfect, they came ready made with plenty of ventilation built an could easily be put to together with the minimum of fuss.
I figured out that 5 pallets could be used to make a “cube”, base, two sides, rear wall and roof. So now it was a matter of finding 5 pallets, preferably all of the same size. I got lucky and found a local agricultural machinery business who gave me as many pallets as I needed.
Build Your Log Store On Blocks
So without further ado, I sited my base pallet on blocks to raise it off the ground, this prevents damp creeping up into your logs and also encourages good air flow. Next the side walls and rear wall were fitted into place and screwed to the base and then each other at the points that they touched together. Then I put a couple of wooden blocks on the top of the rear wall, so when the roof pallet went on it had a slope for the rain water to run off. The front is left open top allow for easy loading and unloading of the logs and it also allows good air flow.
Next I found some old board to fix over the roof to fill in the gaps, then nailed a sheets of roofing felt over the top for a watertight roof.
Then I gave it a few coats of wood preservative, these logs stores were built around 5 years ago and do you know what, they are still standing!
We even built a huge version in the back of garage to hold the ready to use seasoned logs!
Sadly because a of a lower back issue I no longer split the logs myself, but these pallet creations are still used to store bought in logs and other stuff now. I will make some doors for them this summer to keep the contents dry.
Tools Used When Building The Pallet Log Stores
The Cordless drill or battery operated drill is really a tool that no one should be without. Not only is it a drill it can also double up as a very efficient screwdriver as well. The cordless drill to your left is a good example of how manufacturers are offering them as kits, containing both drill bits and screwdriver bits. To see the full range of Cordless drill on Amazon please go here: Cordless Drills available on Amazon
Perhaps the most useful tool you can own, the humble claw hammer is great for both hammering nails in, but can also pull nails out as well! In fact you would use this a lot when dismantling pallets. On the Log Stores it is used to drive in the tacks that secure the roofing felt. The claw hammer shown to your right is manufactured by Stanley and should last you many years. There are many claw hammers available so if you want to have a look go here: Claw Hammers available on Amazon
So there you have a it, a quick look at how to build your own Log Stores out of Shipping Pallets.