San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Hack - a - Pallet
SaturdayDec 15 @ CrashSpace
Come make your own...
~ Space-saving-awesome-looking vertical garden or wall garden
~ Window sill flower or herb box
~ Moveable garden
~ Wine rack
~ Tool box
~ indoor freestanding flower / herb garden
~ table (coffee or dining)
~ Shelves or Storage nooks
~ endless other neat stuffs!!! see below or check out all of the epic recycled pallet creations on google HERE
So exactally whats Happenin at this workshop?
We will hack pallets under the sunny sun sunshine, breaking apart and reconstructing wooden pallets into window sill herb and flower gardens, indoor planters, standing outdoor gardens, tool boxes, bottle racks, shelves, and much more! Pallets are my new favorite medium to hack, so many uses and people/companies throw them away all the time. I will show you how to re-use the old rusty nails, so BYO Tetanus Shot ;)
This class is BYOP = Bring your own pallet but if you dont have time to source one, I can do it for you, just sign up for that option, and if you want to own your own tools and not have to wait to share the commie tools, select the option to keep your tools. If you come with just a pallet of your own, I will provide a couple hammers, a box of nails, plastic bags, and staple gun for tear down and building- but if you wanna get pro with it--- bring your own crow bar (flat form works better).
Half the fun is in the hunt. Go dumpster diving or look online for companies that give them away for free. I know some spots if you grovel and beg, I might tell you. If all else fails, home depot sells old pallets for 15 dollars, and sometimes will give them to you for free if you find an employee just finishing unloading one on the floor.
I tend to pick pallets with wood that is not too brittle and somewhat aged but not destroyed/cracked/etc. half way worn out is about perfect for my taste, some like newer, some like that falling apart look. Either one will work. If you do want something more rugged looking, get 2 if you can, incase your wood breaks durring deconscruction.
Note: Mind where you get your pallets from, what they were being used to ship or where they were being stored. Though most pallets are recycled, you can guage pretty well by the wear on the pallet, the type of business it is near, the markings on the pallet, and by talking to the business owner. Some contain some pretty nastie nasties and some are perfectly ok. If this is for an outdoor garden it matters less... becuase we line each bed with plastic and staple it in, so nothing leeches into the soil from the wood. Go here for a guide on pallet labeling and how-to pick a safe pallet: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-determine-if-a-wood-pallet-is-safe-for-use/
Note 2: Depending on what you want to make, you may need more than 1 pallet. Tables require 2 or 3 sometimes, and most full gardens require 2. Other things like shelves and racks and such... you can make 2-4 items out of 1 pallet.
What you need / want / get to attend?
Attendance is FREEEE. Other options are available...
Option #1::: Bring Your Own Pallet and tools (and nails if u dont want to use recycle nails) and Just show up. I will have trash bags for liners if you want to make a garden. (Freeee, donations/tips will be allowed and graciously accepted) Check out craigslist FREE section for pallets (THANKS MATT!!!)
free pallets!! ---> http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/zip/3469481713.html
or search for yourself: http://losangeles.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=pallet+wood
Option #2::: BYOP but you dont want to share the communal tools, so I will puchase you tools from Home Depot to keep, a saw, a hammer, and even put your name on them! ($25)
Option #3::: Come with nothing, leave with everything. I will bring you a pallet, a hammer, a saw, nails and plastic bags for your project if you plan to plant herbs. ($45)
When & Where
We are a collection of hackers, programmers, builders, makers, artists and people who generally like to break things and see what new things we can build with the pieces.