We both liked the idea of using materials at hand and salvaged so we got the pallets from Timber Mart and the local garden centre. We had a roll of heavy gauge plastic in the basement, stakes left over from election signs and a bag of nails we inherited with the house.
|Alex cutting the stakes to size|
The first step was to come up with a design. We decided to place the first pallet on the ground and use the stakes to nail the plastic in place. The pallets are approximately 40" by 48" with major emphasis on "approximately". The sides would be 30'' so we placed the second pallet that distance from the first and again nailed the plastic to the pallet.
|Hitting my stride....|
Then we stood it upright. At this point it was three sided. The fourth side was then nailed in place from the inside of the box. We decided we would have to break down and buy wood for the two narrow sides. We decided on 1" by 8" roofing pine. Since we needed 24 pieces each 40" long and had nothing but hand tools we decided on treating ourselves to paying to have the wood cut to length.
Because the pallet wood was so weathered we decided on #8 1 1/2" wood screws rather than nails. So a box of screws was our other purchase. As it would turn out we were short three screws. We scrounged around and made do with some larger screws.
The next step is grading the ground so they are level and then filling them. But that's for another weekend and another blog.