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How To Make Your Garden Completely Cat and Dog Friendly

All pets use the garden. Like us, it gives them some breathing room to get outside and really be let loose. Yes, sometimes they do tear up the garden, but most of the time they’re doing us favours. Cats and dogs are great at keeping furry pests away from the valuable vegetables, we want them to have the freedom to roam free and let loose their wild side.

But letting your pets out can be problematic. Although most pets will naturally love the outdoors, various complications like allergies and other animals. Not to mention what they might do to your plant beds. So what’s the best solution? It wouldn’t be fair or right, to keep any pet cooped up inside all day, even if it’s for their own good. But there are things around the garden that we can do, to make it a friendlier environment for our beloved pets.

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Clear Paths

Just like us gardeners, we would prefer a clear and solid path to follow. Gravel is certainly a dog’s worst nightmare and cats aren’t much of a fan either, so try using pavers instead. If they still like wandering off and tirading around the place, get down to their level and look at what they see. Maybe there’s an obvious path for them through all the shrubbery, you just simply haven’t noticed.

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Give Them Plenty Of Shade

During the summer months in hot weather, animals need to be outside. It’s the prime time for them to exercise and feel the benefits of being outdoors. However, for animals with thick or black fur they can get too hot and overheat. By giving them just a few spots of shade, it gives them an opportunity to relax but still enjoy the weather. It should also stop them from burrowing into any bushes.

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Know Which Plants Could Be Poisonous

It’s not a common issue, but some cats and dogs are vulnerable to certain plants. Not many chew on garden wildlife, however, some younger animals do, and this can lead to big problems. It’s worthwhile just doing a check around your current plant life, seeing what could be harmful. When buying new plants it’s also something always worth considering. If you find out that some of your plants could be harmful, move them out of reach it would be a shame to have to rip anything out!

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Don’t Use Pesticide (Or Go Natural)

Although pesticides aren’t usually deadly, they can be troublesome for your pets. They usually make most animals sick. The problem is, they’re a lot lower down to the ground and have much less body weight, so any chemical effect is concentrated. Going natural with all your pesticide is a much better solution for your plants alone, but it won’t have any harmful effects on your pets. If you have to use pesticide, then try limiting its use and keep your pets away from the applied area for a couple of days.

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Try Keeping A Good Space Of Grass

Although having less green and grass is begining to pick up in popularity, it can be quite limiting for your pets. Animals need a space to run, they need a space where they can be free and chase after others. If you keep just a small space available, it will stop them from running riot and shredding up your beds. If you invite friends and family round who also have pets, it can act as a ‘mini park’.

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Toilet Habits

To protect your own horticulture, it’s worth setting up an area where pets can do their ‘business.’ You might not think it’s an important issue, but dog and cat urine can brown your plants and actually cause damage. If you’re going organic this is the last thing you want on vegetables. There is a simple solution, it just requires time and patience. Try training your dog outside, so that they have regular spot to go too. Some pets, especially dogs tend to ‘mark their territory’ and usually it is your plant pots which take the brunt of it. As well as training them, use taller pots to shelter your shrubbery from any possible harm.

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Be Careful With Your Mulch

Mulch is a hugely beneficial product for your garden. If you create it yourself, it’s filled with natural organic ingredients which are full of nutrients and are great for your whole garden. However, for some pets elements of mulch can be harmful. Coffee beans have just as much of an adverse effect on dogs as chocolate does, so just make sure you’re careful.

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Make Sure Your Garden Is Secure

If you live in a city or close to a busy road, it can be worrying letting your pets out. Apart from changing where you live, the simplest solution is giving your garden some protection. If you can, put up some fences and always make sure that gates are securely closed it’s a great start. Some animals might be able to find a way out, but generally it gives them a good perimeter.

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Giving your pets the freedom and space to express themselves in the garden is essential. It has so many health benefits for them, which will make them happier animals.

 

 

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NASA: Use These Plants To Protect You From Deadly Airborne Chemicals

We breathe 10 to 20 thousand litres of air per day.

With so much air being taken into our lungs every single second, it is vital to ensure we are breathing in clean air, free of toxic chemicals.

Hazardous air pollutants can have a severe impact on your health and can even lead to serious disease and illness. Harmful toxins can be present in our homes, and many are colourful and odourless, so we don’t even know whether or not we’re being harmed by them. Even many air “purifiers” may release significant amounts of ozone into the atmosphere. We can work to prevent these toxins whether in the form of carbon monoxide detectors or lead testers, but there are other ways to purify the air in which we breathe.

When we think about houseplants, we usually think of a way to add colour, livelihood, and decoration to our homes.  Growing plants inside your home can bring beauty, vitality, and life into any living space. Growing certain plants in your home can also have health benefits beyond what you could imagine. We live and breathe in a toxic environmenteven if we don’t wish to admit it or believe it.

What Toxic Chemicals Lurk in Our Air?

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Our modern day homes are rife with pollutants that can cause a host of health problems. Formaldehyde is commonly found in drapes, glues, and coating compounds. Benzene is a component of paint supplies and tobacco smoke, and trichloroethylene is used in adhesives, spot removers, and other household products. Other chemicals from furniture, detergents, air fresheners, and household cleaners can lurk inside poorly ventilated homes, and yes, even homes with good airflow.

These household objects can release harmful gases into the air, which we take in every single day, and these pollutants can have an adverse effect on our health. Poor air quality from pollution, odours, moulds, and chemicals can impact your breathing which can have a variety of negative consequences on your health. So, what does keeping a few houseplants around in your home do to improve the quality of air and thus the quality of life you have?

Plants can act as the middlemen amongst the air you breathe and the toxic chemicals. The plants breathe in the “bad” air and turn dangerous toxins into harmless substances. These plants also contain purifying benefits that help promote relaxation, which can lead to healthier sleeping patterns and overall better (and healthier) days.

How Do Plants Stop Toxins in Their Tracks?

NASA, with assistance from the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, conducted a two-year Clean Air Study, directed by Dr. B.C. Wolverton, an environmental engineer. What started as a study to provide cleaner and purer air for space stations turned into a study on houseplants as healing air purifiers.

Scientists worked to find the most effective common indoor plants for filtering toxins in the air. This study, in the late ’80s and early ’90s, of the interaction of plants and air, found that houseplants, when placed in sealed chambers in the presence of specific chemicals, removed those chemicals from the chambers.

These scientists identified 50 houseplants that remove many of the pollutants and gases in the air. They also found that these plants are effective at removing chemicals that have been linked to health effects like headaches and eye irritation including benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia from the air.

The NASA study also found out that, in addition to what some plant physiologists already knew, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen as part of the photosynthetic process. As most of us learned in grade school, plants directly absorb carbon in their life-dependent process known as photosynthesis.

By converting carbon dioxide into oxygen during photosynthesis, plants naturally remove excess carbon contained in the seemingly fresh air. During the process of photosynthesis, foliage also removes other chemicals from the atmosphere including nitrogen oxides, airborne ammonia, and sulphur dioxide that are large contributors to the smog and greenhouse effect problems.

By adding plants to your home, you’re both cleaning up the indoor air and also helping out your planet and your health. So, whether or not you have a green thumb, it doesn’t affect your ability to keep some of these toxic-killing plants in your home. Not to mention, they add a gorgeous, homey touch to any and every space. (Just remember to water them as needed!)

Here’s a list of 10 of the houseplants NASA described as helping protect us from deadly airborne chemicals:

1. Areca Palm

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Noted the very best of the air purifiers from NASA’s study, the Areca Palm is a very popular office and household dweller. Its popularity grew exceptionally when it scored very high in all categories during NASA’s study. It can purify benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air. It is also a very effective air humidifier.

This plant takes carbon dioxide and turns it back into oxygen. In addition to producing oxygen and lowering carbon dioxide levels, it also removes certain pollutants from the air to help provide clean indoor air.

Areca palms prefer bright sunlight, but too much light can scorch the leaves. It is important not to overwater these plants and they do best in moderate temperatures. As the plant grows taller and taller, its air-purifying effects grow even more. Not to mention, the areca palm is non-toxic to pets!

 

2. English Ivy

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The NASA study concluded that English Ivy is the one of the highest purifying houseplants because it is the most efficient plant to absorb formaldehyde. Its leaves can improve symptoms of allergies and asthma. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reported that, in a 2005 experiment, English Ivy removed 94% of airborne faeces and 78% of airborne mould in as little as 12 hours.

Ivy leaves are also commonly used to eliminate respiratory tract congestion and inflammation. Ivy leaves act as an expectorant and can break up the phlegm and mucus in the bronchial system, and by removing these breeding grounds for bacteria, you can improve your overall health and reduce your illness healing time.

English Ivy is easy to grow and survives in moderate temperatures with medium sun exposure. The vine looks great in a hanging basket or on a ledge where the leaves can trail down. This plant can be toxic if ingested by kids or pets so make sure to keep it out of their reach.

3. Aloe Vera

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Aloe Vera is well known for soothing inflammation, scars, and burned skin. It is also among the most powerful plant air purifiers in the world. Whilst aloe vera helps clear chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene (a by-product of chemical-based cleaners, plants, and more) from the air, it also lowers carbon dioxide levels. Unlike most plants, it releases oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide at night.

The rare ability to absorb CO2 concentrations in the dark makes Aloe an excellent bedroom companion that can help you get a more restful sleep. Aloe is also a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window as it needs direct sunlight. Beyond its air-cleaning abilities, Aloe is one of the most notable air purifying plants.

Aloe Vera is very easy to care for, requiring minimum water and attention. Not to mention, the plant is regularly used to heal sunburns, cuts, and wounds. The Egyptians called it the ‘plant of immortality’ because it is so resilient.

4. Snake Plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue)

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Otherwise known as the mother-in-law’s tongue, the snake plant is one of the best plants for filtering out formaldehyde, commonly found in cleaning products, toilet paper, and tissues.

You may also want to put a couple of these sharp-leafed plants in your bedroom. Interestingly, they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night (the opposite of the process most plants follow). Sharing your room with these plants could give you a slight oxygen boost whilst you sleep.

The NASA study shows that the snake plant can reduce respiratory symptoms, eye irritation, and headaches, whilst also reducing the need for ventilation. During this process, NASA sealed a snake plant in a chamber with various noxious gases for 24 hours and found that it reduced the amount of Benzene in the air by 53% and the amount of Trichloroethylene in the air by 13.4%.

The snake plant is also great for sleeping beside you at night because it can provide a significant amount of oxygen to indoor environments at night. In the bathroom, it’ll thrive with little light and steamy, humid conditions whilst helping filter out air pollutants..

5. Chrysanthemum

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This colourful plant can brighten any room or office. Its blossoms can also filter out benzene, which is commonly found in glue, paint, plastics, and detergent. The name “Chrysanthemum” is derived from the Greek words “gold” and “flower”.

The flower also has many medicinal benefits. It can be used to treat chest pain, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, fever, cold, headache, dizziness, and swelling. When combined with other herbs, it can also be used to treat prostate cancer.

Chrysanthemum tea is a very popular summertime beverage in areas of southern China. These plants need bright sunlight to flourish indoors. It is important to find an area that gets sunlight even in the winter. Water the plant often, keeping the soil damp at all times.

6. Weeping Fig (Ficus)

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The Ficus, otherwise known as the “weeping fig,” or the “ficus tree,” is an evergreen, which essentially means it stays green all year round, making it a great indoor house plant.

The Ficus works diligently to remove pollutants from furniture and carpets. It is a popular houseplant that is also very effective at purifying the air in your home. According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, the Ficus tree was effective at cleansing airborne formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.

Though it takes some effort to look after it, making sure you water it moderately and always clean its leaves from dust is a must.

7. Spider Plant

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The spider plant is one of the easiest plants to both grow and look after and is one of the most common houseplants. It is easy to maintain as it barely requires any water to survive but has an enormous impact on purifying the air we breathe.

The health benefits associated with the spider plant is its ability to absorb carbon monoxide, a colourless, odourless, and tasteless toxic gas. Exposure to carbon monoxide leads to a variety of symptoms that include headache, nausea, weakness, exhaustion, dizziness, and confusion. The spider plant also battles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries. (Not to be confused with the toxic spider lily!)

The spider plant purifies air rapidly and works in filtering chemicals released from rubber and leather, making it very suitable for garages or small workshops. These plants are also safe for pets, so no need to fret about keeping too many around your puppy!

8. Peace Lily

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One of the most common houseplants, the peace lily, is a plant that happens to love the shade and thrive in high humidity, which makes it great for decorating the bathroom. The peace lily is also excellent at absorbing airborne toxins. The peace lily can remove benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, ammonia, and trichloroethylene from the air.

This tropical plant breaks down and neutralises toxic gases like formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide. Peace lilies also effectively remove benzene, a by-product of inks, oils, paints, plastics, detergents, and more common household products. (Not to mention, they’re extremely low maintenance.)

The peace lily helps reduce the levels of mould spores that grow in the home by absorbing those spores through its leaves and circulating them to the plant’s roots where they are used as food. In bathrooms, the Peace Lily can help keep shower tiles and curtains free from mildew and the plant can absorb harmful vapours from alcohol and acetone. Research confirms that routine exposure to these chemicals, commonly found in personal care products, can lead to dry eye syndrome, dizziness, and muscle weakness. Though toxic to pets, the peace lily still reaps many benefits to purifying the air for humans.

9. Dracaena

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The Dracaena plant is best for ridding the air of chemicals found in lacquers, varnishes, and gasoline. This species of plant, similar to other houseplants, can help fight against what is known as the “sick building syndrome,” which is caused by polluted indoor air. Sick building syndrome can lead to headaches, sore eyes, nausea, or loss of concentration.

Plants belonging to the Dracaena genus not only purify the air by removing carbon dioxide, but they are also known to remove benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene.

Besides oxygen, humidity is also an important factor to note. In terms of health ailments, if it is too high or too low, it can lead to health problems. Houseplants including Dracaena species, are known to help with controlling the humidity inside a room, therefore improving your health.

Dracaena absorbs carbon dioxide whilst emitting fresh oxygen, and the more oxygen you get into your body, the more you increase your concentration and productivity. Having a Dracaena plant inside your room will also help reduce stress, anxiety, and mental exhaustion.

10. Golden Pothos

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Among the top 10 of air purifiers in NASA’s study, the Golden Pothos cleans the air in the room where you place it of toxic fumes like formaldehyde, which you often find in rooms that have been recently painted or furnished.

Pothos also removes benzene and carbon monoxide from the air, which is why you should put one of these plants in your bedroom to make sure you have enough oxygen whilst you sleep. Also, some studies have found that pothos can help eliminate odours.

For all of these reasons, you can place a pothos plant in your kitchen, bathroom, or living room to spread its benefits throughout your home. Pothos stays green, even if kept in the dark, which makes it ideal for basements and garages.  A proficient grower, Pothos is great in containers and hanging pots where its trailing vines can tumble over the pot’s edge.

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

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Every single one of the houseplants listed above is great tools to improve your indoor air quality. For the most part, they’re easy to care for, nice to have around and will help you breathe easier, during both night and daytime. However, they’re just tools to help you stay healthy. In the long run, there are many other things you can do to improve the air quality in your home.

The best method to improve your indoor air quality is to have some of these houseplants around and try to eliminate the source of the pollutants to cleanse the air at all times.

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Wood Basics: Exploring the Different Types, Uses, and Best Care for Wooden Materials

Wood has been around far more than people first learned to use it. As a building material, woods were applied as supports for tent-like structures in Britain dating back to 7000 BC. And to this date, 1 billion  tonnes of woods are consumed annually around the globe, as compared to its iron and steel counterparts.

But what makes wood an exceptionally popular choice of material for home structures and garden furniture to large production facilities? And how do we make the best of this product for longer purposes and value?

This article will guide you through the basics of wood and help you explore the different types of wood according to their identifying features and best applications.

 

The many uses of wood

Wood is highly suitable for a wide range of applications other than construction. Because of its efficiency, versatility, and durability, this tree-produced supply makes for a great home and commercial use.

Wood in our homes

  • Home and garden structure. Among the earliest use of wood is domestic construction, and this custom lives on to this highly modernised times of steel-made buildings. Housing in different parts of the world is commonly built out of timber from the flooring, doors and window frames and roof support all thanks to its strength and insulation properties. Garden structures also make use of some wood types that can withstand the harsh outdoor condition.
  • Furniture. No one can argue about the aesthetic appeal of wooden furniture. It reveals a certain kind of warmth and classical element in any given place. Furniture that can be made from this material include almost all interior sets and some exterior.
  • Hand Tools. The main parts of most common hand tools may be metal but their handles remain to be of wood, due to the strength and ability it lends to absorb shock and vibration.
  • Utensils. Kitchenware and utensils made of wood were a home staple until the rise of metal- and plastic-made kitchen sets.
  • Toys and sports equipment. Wooden toys are less hazardous for kids to use and play with than plastic, making it a better option for toys manufacturing. Most sports implement have long made use of wood for handles and main parts.
  • Musical instrument. The application of wood in many musical instruments can never be replaced with any other material as wood can be designed to transmit and amplify sound more effectively.

Commercial and large-scale uses

  • Shipbuilding. Ships are also among the early forms of wooden structures until the late 18th century, but wood continues to be a common material for rural fishing boats.
  • Fuel. Wood remains to be a top source of energy worldwide. Half of Europe’s renewable-energy consumption comes from all forms of wood fuel from sticks to pellets, sawdust, and charcoal.
  • Paper. Wood sources out pulp which is then used for producing paper materials like newspapers, magazines, and even toilet paper.  

 

Hardwood and Softwood: What are they?

You’ve heard about hardwood and softwood when referring to or buying wooden products. These two are the major classification of wood as recognised worldwide. The names, however, do not refer to the physical hardness or softness of the wood but on the type of tree from which they are taken.

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Hardwood

  • Wood that comes from deciduous trees or those that tend to fall off their leaves in due season, particularly autumn and winter. These trees are also commonly broad-leaved.
  • Examples include oak, teak, walnut, birch, mahogany, maple, and hickory.
  • This class of wood is more abundant in number and species and is widely imported for various range of uses.

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Softwood

  • Wood that comes from coniferous trees or those that grow up and high and of triangular shapes. Their leaves are either long, pointed needles or long, flat-scaled, and are kept intact until they are old enough to shed.
  • Examples include cedars, firs, cypress, juniper, spruce, pine, and redwoods.
  • There are about 600 species of conifers, which can survive cold temperatures and acidic soil.

 

Up-close with different types of woods

Why the need to learn about each particular wood type?

Almost any kind of wood may be used as furnishing material, but the quality and finish of the product will depend highly on the type of wood used. Each timber has its own distinct feature, strength, texture, and colour. As a consumer, it is best to decide on what wood to choose for your furniture before purchasing.

Now let’s get to know more about each of these great species of woods, both native and non-native to the UK.

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Ash

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Scientific name: Fraxinus spp

Country of origin: Europe and North America

Degree of use: High

-Hard and strong wood, and known for its ability to bend

-Less expensive than other hardwoods and a good substitute for white oaks

-Colour can vary from dark to pale brown and white

-Used as low-end wood furniture as well as frame and panel works

-Also good for sports equipment and tool handles

Beech

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Scientific name: Fagus spp.

Country of origin: Europe and North America

Degree of use: High

- Known for moving and shrinking in the solid and makes an excellent wood to steam bend

– Works beautifully when dried

– Light brown to pale colour

- Usually used as frames for furniture and woodworking tools

– Also used in musical instruments

Birch

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Scientific name: Betula spp.

Country of origin: Europe and North America

Degree of use: Low

- Has a striking grain pattern and is easy to work with

– Comes in light brown to yellowish variety and white

- Used in almost any kind of furniture and home accessories, including cabinets and drawers

Cedar

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Scientific name: Thuja plicata

Country of origin: North America

Degree of use: Low

- One of the popular woods due to its beauty, durability and lightness

– Has a distinct pleasant aroma and for which make it repel moth

– It can also handle moist environment without rotting

– Colours range from red to medium and dark tinge

- Used in making elegantly crafted cabinets and chests

– Also used for building exteriors such as patio and decks

Cherry

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Scientific name: Prunus spp.

Country of origin: Europe and North America

Degree of use: Low

- One of the popular and all-around wood

– Wood grain is resistant to warping, stains, and finishes well even with oil alone

– Has an almost white outer portion and reddish tinge in its heartwood

- Commercially used for making fine furniture, decorative works and musical instrument

– Also used as veneer over less expensive wood materials

Elm

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Scientific name: Ulmus spp.

Country of origin: Europe and North America

Degree of use: High

- Well-known for its durability and ability to bend

– This species has a depth of beauty that makes for an expensive product

– Colour range from light to dark brown

- Used in making outdoor and indoor furniture pieces and joinery

Fir

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Scientific name: Pseudotsuga taxifolia

Country of origin: Europe and North America

Degree of use: High

- Also known as Douglas Fir, this is a giant tough tree and is water-resistant

– Has a distinct pattern which can be perfectly accentuated by a good stain

– Colour range from golden to reddish brown

- Used in cheap furniture and plywoods and when a product is intended to be paint-finished

Hickory

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Scientific name: Carya spp.

Country of origin: North America

Degree of use: Low

- Extremely hard, durable and heavy

– Colour ranges from slight red to brown

- Best used for heavy furniture pieces and as veneer

– Can also be used for sports implement

Mahogany

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Scientific name: Swietenia macrophylla

Country of origin: Central and South America

Degree of use: High

- Characterised as strong, durable, and warp-resistant wood

– Features beautiful red inlays and distinctly straight grain patterns

– Takes stains very well and can be finished with oil coating

- One of the top choices for fine furniture pieces and as veneer

Maple

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Scientific name: Acer spp.

Country of origin: North America

Degree of use: Low

- Comes in hard and soft varieties but both types are very dense and strong than many other types of wood

– Has fine, straight grain

– Light brown in colour

- Perfect for house flooring and even bowling alleys

Oak

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Scientific name: Quercus spp.

Country of origin: Europe and North America

Degree of use: High

- One of the most abundant wood materials and fits to several purposes

– Has attractive grain patterns; durable and bends well

– Comes in red and white varieties

- Used in flooring, making cabinets, fence post, and even boats

Pine

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Scientific name: Pinus spp.

Country of origin: Europe and North America

Degree of use: High

- A strong kind of softwood and is lightweight

– Relatively softer than its varieties which makes it easy to carve

– Has straight grain patterns that add uniqueness to furniture product

- Widely used in furniture making such as boxes and cabinets and house construction

Poplar

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Scientific name: Populus spp.

Country of origin: UK, Europe

Degree of use: Low

- Though the grains are undistinguished, this wood is resistant to stain

– Relatively soft and easy to work with

– Creamy white in colour with some green or brown streaks in the heartwood

- Used in making cheap furniture products and is almost always finished with paint

– Also used for matches and minor craft goods

Redwood

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Scientific name: Sequoia sempervirens

Country of origin: North America

Degree of use: LowDegree of use: Low

- A light softwood and has straight grain

– Has the ability to resist moisture, pests, and decays

– As the name suggests, this wood has a reddish tint

- Best used for fences and outdoor furniture

Rosewood

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Scientific name: Dalbergia spp.

Country of origin: Africa, South America, India

Degree of use: Low

- An expensive kind of hardwood that comes in various species

– Though prone to surface splits, this wood is much sought-after for its beauty

– Has a dramatic colouring of red and black streaks

- Used in art creations, musical instrument, and some home furniture

Teak

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Scientific name: Tectona grandis

Country of origin: Southeast Asia

Degree of use: High

- Highly resistant to moisture, warping, cracking, and decay

– Contains natural oil from its pores that enables it to withstand harsh conditions

– Has dramatic colouring of golden brown to dark brown

- Best used for garden and outdoor furniture products

Walnut

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Scientific name: Lovoa trichilioides

Country of origin: West and Central Africa

Degree of use: Low

- Has distinctively fine grains and easy to work with

– Colour is deep brown with dark streaks

- Used for making panels and as accents or inlays for wood products

Yew

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Scientific name: Taxus baccata

Country of origin: Europe

Degree of use: Low

- Has extraordinary elastic properties

– Some varieties could live for a thousand years

- Long been in use for Windsor chairs and long bows and as a decorative veneer

 

Wood as furniture choice: Pros and Cons

We have learned that woods are used extensively at home and in different industries. So what makes it a good choice? Or not?

Advantages

  • Producing wood costs low and needs smaller amount of energy.
  • Wood is an environmentally-friendly material.
  • Wood is a renewable material; that is, if new trees are grown when cutting down some for production.
  • Wood is a relatively strong material.
  • Wood’s low density makes it easier for the product to transport.
  • Wooden constructions and furniture are easier to build and work on.
  • Wood has a natural aesthetic look and feel.
  • Wood makes a good insulator, and thus, an energy-saver.
  • Most woods emit zero electrostatic charge and are non-toxic.
  • Wood disposal costs less or none at all.

Disadvantages

  • Some wood types decrease in strength when wet; making it unstable.
  • Wood is susceptible to termites, woodworms, and infestations.
  • Wood is susceptible to rot and disease.
  • Wood is highly combustible and can’t be used at high temperatures.
  • Wood is susceptible to warping as age, temperature, and humidity change.

 

How to care for wooden products

Considering the pros and cons of wooden materials, proper care and maintenance will spell a great difference to the wood’s lifespan.

And by proper care we mean, primarily, to get specific cleaning guidelines for your purchased wood products. The instructions usually depend on the kind of finish on the wooden material. So applying a wrong cleaning method may do more damage than good to the wood.

Standard cleaning procedures, however, can be applied to protect your wood or minimise the damages.

Basic maintenance

  • Handle with care. Damage of material may not only be caused by weather and other elements, but also by improper use and handling.

                Useful Tips:

             – When picking up furniture, find its strongest portion and carry it from that point, with a firm grip.

             – Moving furniture must be carried out at a slower pace.

  • Protect from heat and moisture. Wood naturally contains moisture that has to be kept at good balance in order to preserve the material.

                 Useful Tips:

              – Place your wooden furniture away from heating vents, fireplaces, and radiators.

              – Don’t store them in places where temperature and humidity constantly vary.

              – Most outdoor furniture are made to withstand the weather but best to cover them when not needed.

              – Avoid placing sweating glasses or hot dishes on wood without supporting mats or tablecloth.

  • Dust frequently. It won’t hurt to give your wooden pieces frequent dusting. This will help remove any deposits from building up on the furniture. Use classic feather duster, lambs-wool duster or dry towels and cloth.

                 Useful Tips:

              – To avoid scattering dust, dampen a cloth slightly and gently rub on the furnishing.

              – Follow the wood grain as you dust to avoid cross-grain scratches.

Preserving wood with Finishes

  • Polish or wax, but not both. See the manufacturer’s guideline for polish or wax application. Polish is made of petroleum distillates and evaporates quickly when applied. Wax, on the other hand, is a semi-solid product that provides longer protection. Both, however, are soft, warm finishes that produce a subtle, matte sheen on the wood.

               Useful Tips:    

            – Apply wax or polish moderately or as recommended by the manufacturer. 

            – Apply only when wood has been cleaned with mild soap and dried well enough.

            – Re-wax or re-oil a furnished wooden material depending on the wear and tear that the furniture get.

  • Lacquer, varnish, shellac. These finishings provide a hard, protective layer that are typically high- or semi-gloss. Consult also the product label for appropriate solvents, time span between coats, and precautions on use.

               Useful Tips:

            – Make sure that the wood surface has been dusted off and cleaned thoroughly before applying finishes.

            – Apply the finishing only with a good quality brush or spray gun.

            – Re-apply only when the wooden product is severely damaged.  

 

Wood Waste: To dispose or reuse?

Old or damaged wood, with its size and built, may be considered a bulky waste. But would you set it aside for other uses? Or dispose it for good?

Experts’ recommendation:

  • Reuse

             – Sort out large wood wastes like timbers, planks, and flooring if still in good shape.

             – Also set aside smaller pieces of untreated woods for potential reuse or DIY projects.

             – Consider donating or selling your used wooden items.

  • Recycle

             – Unused wood furniture or pallets may be turned into other items like tables, cabinets, and bird’s nests.

            – Shave or saw untreated wood and mix to your compost heap to decompose naturally or apply as mulch.

            – Fire up woods and collect the ashes to de-stain pavings, control pond algae, or block garden pests.

  • Dispose

             – Contact your local waste management on how to dispose of your treated woods.

 

 

Resources:

The Structure and Mechanical Behaviour of Wood http://www.doitpoms.ac.uk/

Wood Investigation http://www.heritagewoodsonline.co.uk/

Wood http://www.explainthatstuff.com/

Different Types of Woods http://www.falcon18.com/

Beautiful Wood http://www.finefurnituremaker.com/

Different Types of Wood Timber by A to Z https://www.foe.co.uk/

Timber Architecture: 10 Benefits of Wood-based Designs http://freshome.com/

Caring for Furniture http://www.hgtv.com/

How Do I Recycle Wood? http://homeguides.sfgate.com/

Wood and timber – ways to reuse, recycle and dispose http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/

10 Uses of Wood Ashes http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/

Wood Furnishings Care http://www.bhg.com/

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Spruce Up Your Home and Garden this Spring with these Simple Ideas

Spring is peeking from behind the curtains of winter and is ready to transform the entire environment into a non-stop giddy growth of all thing lovely and beautiful. We will see the grass grow green again and the flowers bloom. The leaves will begin to sprout and the small furry animals will begin to pop their head out of their holes to sniff and inspect the environment. And while you’re at it, you might also want to start setting up your gas barbecue grill as spring also means small outdoor parties. Or what do you say you take out your dusty backyard trampoline for your kids to play on? Oh the endless things spring can bring!


Why not jump on the bandwagon? Spruce up the garden with these simple ideas to turn your garden or patio spring ready. Spring cleaning is awesome and you’ll get more out of it than just cleanliness. Have a try at these and get your garden ready for spring!

 

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Repurpose the Garden Furniture by repainting with monochromatic colours.

You stored them away for winter, now is the time to bust them out of the storage. Why not give extra pizzazz by painting your garden furniture with what colour you like or what you think will blend well with your garden and paint everything with that colour.

You can paint it according to the appeal you want your garden furnitures to have. Red for strong appeal and excitement, paint it blue if you want it to look calm and reflective, and maybe even orange for fun and warmth.

You can learn more about the psychological properties of colour and you’ll know what perfectly matches your personality.

 

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Repaint with Rainbow colours.

If you can’t pick a colour, why not use all of them? Rainbow coloured furniture matches the energetic and vibrant atmosphere of spring. Blend all the colors you know and have a blast. Let the family in the painting too. This is a fun idea that you and your family will enjoy.

 

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Put up a patio dining table and enjoy fun family gathering.

What’s better than to bask in the warmth of the sun or the cool night breeze Mediterranean style? Have your lunch or supper and make memories with style. It’s a fairly simple approach yet it can work wonders in transforming your garden. We all know that good ambience will add flavour to any meal.

 

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Paint the old patio umbrella.

You can make stencils give the patio umbrella a new look and fresh design. Let the designer inside of you spring out. You can use stencils in designing the umbrella. Pinterest is always a good place to look for resources.

 

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Stain those massive wooden furniture instead of paint to bring out the natural colours.

Garden furniture, especially the big and clunky ones might have had to endure the effects of winter weather. Give those massive wood furniture some love by letting the beauty of wood grain pop out. Give them a fresh look as well as protection additional protection from the weather.

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Enjoy the spring by hanging a hammock.

Put up one and you’ll be glad you did. You can relax and at the same time enjoy time outside of the house. If you have kids, they would love this idea. Lie down and let the fun under the sun roll.

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Decorate around a couch.

If you don’t fancy a hammock and value the security of having a stable lounger, get a couch instead and decorate around it. Add lamps, put vases around it, or fill it with pillows. Design it however you want, the choice is yours. Make sure that the couch is weatherproof and can accommodate lots of people because it will be used a lot.

 

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Mix chairs with other chairs you have lying around or in storage.

You’ll surprise yourself with the satisfying effect of finding random design just fitting together. Just go crazy. Good times always start with a little insanity. Not only that, you also get to use any garden furniture that has been stored for a long time.

Another idea worth mentioning is that you can paint them with the same colours to make them match even more.

 

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Hang a canopy.

You can use canvas, silk cloth or even a blanket. It could be made from any material strong enough to block the sun and withstand the wind. Not only will it protect you from direct sunlight but also protects your garden from being boring. Now your garden has a cape, we should call it Super Garden.

 

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Install an outdoor bar and barbecue grill.

What better way could you celebrate spring? Celebrate with your family and friends. Get yourself a bar and a grill in your garden. If you’ve been looking to get a backyard grill, this spring, go get one.

 

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Light up.

Put lights in the most creative places you can think of. There’s nothing like properly placed lights. The lights will accent the beauty of your garden. Augment your favorite spot and make them look stunning by highlighting them with a bunch of lights

Bunny Guinness wrote an article here explaining the possibilities and range of garden lighting.

 

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Try out colourful lights.

Pop colours work best and never fail to impress the guests. You want your garden to be appealing to you and your guests. So don’t be afraid to try out the modern colours to make a good impression. Plan it out, play it out and let your creativity flow.

 

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Put up some lamps outside.

If you have an extra lamp inside your house, then it is time to put one outside. Your garden furniture will pop right out because of the warm feel that the lamp brings. You now have a fancy outdoor reading nook where you can enjoy your weekend and your favorite book.

 

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Light up the garden path.

Use any lighting materials. You can even use torches to add romantic Tropical effect. Or you can even hang lights on trees and make them look like fire flies. You’re hitting two birds with one stone: well lighted and beautiful pathway.

 

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Build a treehouse.

You may have one when you were young or you have yet to have one. Every day is a good time to have a treehouse. It is a simple getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The memories that will follow will make the effort worthwhile. Here’s a guide on how to make a simple one. Note that in the UK, you have to ask a planning permission before the build.

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Decorate rocks.

This is a pretty simple project you and your kids can do. Make this a bonding moment for you and your family. You can also paint the rocks the name of the vegetable if you have an allotment.

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Purchase new garden furniture.

Sell the old ones and buy new ones. It is always great to have new furniture. Spring is about starting again and seeing new things. So why not invest in quality furniture this season?

 

No matter how long the winter was, spring always comes and it brings new life and joy to all things.Your garden can also find happiness with less than a little effort. Mix and match these ideas to make a new unique idea of your own.

What do you think? These are simple but can effectively spruce up your garden and make you feel better about springtime. Do you have any more ideas that you think should be included in this list? Tell us what you think in the comments.

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50 Inspiring DIY Pallet Ideas

Having a furniture made out of pallet is a sure conversation-starter and instantly adds value and appeal to your home.

There are many ads online that sell cheap pallets or even give them away for free. There is truth in the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

It just needs a little creativity and elbow grease to turn something seemingly useless to a home’s pride and joy. The options are virtually limitless. How about making a DIY box for the best gas bbq you have at home? Or recreating your worn-out patio furniture sets or metal garden furniture sets using or a few pieces of pallets? All it takes is a little creativity to turn scrap pallets into useful home pieces.

Here are the 50 ideas on how you can make your own DIY pallet project. The ideas on the list are from bloggers around the web–which means that you can also do it on your own.

One note though, there are pallets that you can use because they have been heat-treated. Those are safe to use. Do not use the ones that have an “MB” stamp on them because they have been treated with methyl bromide which is primarily a pesticide. Check out all the other stamps and understand how they will affect the safety of your pallet project. DIY Ready has a handy infographic about this topic at their site.

Here’s a video from Savvas Papasavva on how you can dismantle a pallet.

Start small if you are a beginner and then challenge your way up. So, if you have a couple or several pallets lying around, take a look at these and have yourself a try at these projects in the coming weekend.

You can browse through these projects by category:

Living room |  Bedroom |  Kitchen | Garden

 

Living Room Ideas

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1. DIY Sofa with Storage

Take your DIY to the next level with this sofa with storage. Filippa Malmegård from the ScrapHacker teaches us step by step how to make this sterling project.

Here’s a video for another type of bookshelf from the Youtube channel Building on a Budget, a channel dedicated to teaching us to build from pallets. And no, that’s not slightly slender Channing Tatum, he just kinda looks like him.

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2. Pallet Bookshelf

Store your books in a stylish and artistic bookshelf made from pallets. Ana White shows how to do it step by step in her website.

Here’s a video for another type of bookshelf from the Youtube channel Building on a Budget, a channel dedicated to teaching us to build from pallets. And no, that’s not slightly slender Channing Tatum, he just kinda looks like him.

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3. Warm Wooden Wall from Pallets

Transform any room with a little effort and creativity. Joan, from The Scavenger Chic, shows us how she changed the look of her room with pallets and her creativity.

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“The best part about pallet wood is not necessarily that you can get the wood for free, though that doesn’t hurt, I just love the rustic nature of the wood.” — ­­ Joan, Scavenger Chic

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Pallet Furniture Set

Get serious with this pallet furniture set idea from JennaBurger.com. It is a very easy project you can finish in as little as 3-4 hours. You save money and get new furniture too!

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5. Photo Frames

Hang your family portraits creatively with this step-by-step pallet photo frame tutorial by Southern Revivals. This unique and creative way will surely make your photographs memorable. You can get Mod Podge from Amazon.com.

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6. Coffee table

Need a coffee table? Check out these instructions on how to build your own from The Wonder Forest.

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7. Shoe Rack

Watch this video from How to Fix It Workshop and see how you can make your shoe rack even with the simplest of tools.

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8. Pallet Art

Make the living room come alive with interesting artwork that even the kids can enjoy with this project. This project from Sand and Sisal will inspire you. Though their project did not work out at first, they were resilient, which is why they were able to create this awesome piece of artwork.

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9. Bar and Stool

Make your family gatherings more fun and exciting with this DIY pallet project. Watch this video from HowToSpecialist to start planning your pallet bar stools.

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10. Even a Matchbox Guitar

When I saw this project, it put a smile on my face. It seems like there are endless ways to reuse and recycle pallets. @Dianne from Hometalk.com shows us the process to make this environmentally friendly instrument.

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“I am a huge advocate of upcycling and creative reuse. DIY pallet projects are perfect for recycling something unwanted and turning it into something beautiful and useful.” — Dinah Wulf, DIYInspired.com 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom Ideas

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11. Laundry Basket

Make the most out of your pallets and build for yourself a laundry basket. Ana White has your back once again with this project.

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12. Coat Rack

Who knew coat hangers could be so beautiful. All thanks to pallets and @RuudvandeLooij from Instructables.

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13. Pallet Wood Open Sign

Whether you’re running a bistro or just want this in your room, pallets will open up your imagination for more. Joan from Scavenger Chic once again shows us how she did it.

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14. Pet Bed

Even your pets can appreciate your pallet DIY prowess. Here’s a simple and straightforward instructional video from YouTube channel modernrootsorg on how to make a pallet bed for your pet (or pets, no matter how many they are, we just love pets, don’t we?)

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15. Modern Pallet Bed

Not only can you make a bed from pallets, you can also put your spin on it. WikiHow shows us how simple it is to make one.

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16. Reading Nook for Kids

Encourage your child’s interest in reading by making them a nook where they can freely explore the limits of their imagination. Kojo-Designs has the tutorial on how to make this beautiful addition to your home.

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“I love palette furniture. Actually, I think that I love it for the same reason that I am so intrigued by Anthropologie’s window displaysthe idea of taking something that no one wants and turning it into something useful and/or beautiful resonates with me.” ­­ Kirstin, Kojo­Designs

 

 

 

 

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17. Headboard

The Thinking Closet also built a massive headboard. You can’t help but fall head over heels with pallets.

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18. Headboard with Lights

Check out these headboards made with pallets from PalletFurniturePlans.com. See how the lights add to the ambiance of the room and how it can also add it to yours.

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19. Serving Tray

Don’t we all need a tray to serve food to our loved ones? Here’s a very simple tutorial on how to make one. Kelly Rowe from Live Laugh Rowe shows us how to do it.

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20. Rustic Mirror Frame

Simplicity always goes a long way. Watch the video to get ideas on from YouTube channel F. Branco on how to start and make a pallet mirror frame.

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21. Creative Shelf

Try this easy to make odd-shaped shelf to fit your style or even just inspire you. This one is also from another Instructables member, @Eco-Rustic, a company that specialises in reclaiming old wood.

 

 

Kitchen Ideas

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22. Dining Table

Make dinners all the more interesting with this project you can finish over the weekend. The ScrapHacker is at it again with this DIY table. You can be sure to host a wonderful gala with this one.

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23. Vertical Blinds

Match these with your kitchen window and you have a subtle yet striking appeal. @Humbledtartdept, a member from Instructables teaches us step by step how to make vertical pallet blinds.

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24. Pallet and Mason Glass Jars Light Fixture

Add flavour to your evening tryst with this rustic and cool light fixture. Get inspired by twenty8divine.com (formerly BinkysNest.com) and get yourself a rustic and ambient chandelier without the cost!

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25. Wooden Utensil Box

Why buy a container when you can make one? Get started with this simple and easy pallet project. The girls over at The Frugal Girls made this instructions and tutorial over at their site for your reference.

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26. Wine Rack

If you like your wine, then you’ll love them all the more with this sleek and beautiful pallet wine rack from Virginia Sweet Pea.com.

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27. Spoon and Pallet Rack

Hang your kitchen stuff with this handy and easy to make kitchen rack. Shayna of The Woodgrain Cottage built this and showed us how to do it and a couple more reminders on safety and what to and not to do when making this project.

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28. Pallet and Mason Jar Vase

Don’t just make stuff from pallets, try a variety of materials with your DIY pallet project. Meredith from unOriginalmom.com teaches us how.

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29. DIY Clock

Spice up your home and keep track of time with this amazing pallet clock. This project is from All Things Heart & Home and Robin did this project on her own.

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30. Pallet Kitchen Garbage

This simple yet practical use of pallets will get you started and inspired to do more. This project was done by Lauren from The Thinking Closet, a blog site about family, creativity, and everything about crafts.

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“What is it about reclaimed pallet boards pieced together that our eyes love so much? Making order out of chaos? The Japanese principle of Shizen: nature with purpose and intention.” ­­ Lauren, The Thinking Closet

 

 

 

 

Garden Ideas

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31. Pallet Chair

Augment the look of your garden with this awesome and themed garden chair from Funky Junk Interiors. Check out their website for other DIY ideas you can do. You can also see more than a few projects from them on this list so watch out for that.

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32. Vertical Pallet Planter

Setup your garden plants in a unique and interesting way. Here’s a Youtube video of how to do it by Janie Pendelton.

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33. Rocking Chair

@wholman teaches us how to rock with this DIY rocking chair over at Instructables. It was featured in their project 20k House, a project in the US that makes houses under $20k.

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34. Outdoor Sofa

Maybe sometime in the past, you’ve thought of getting a stylish sofa but haven’t had the budget to get one, but now you can build one thanks to the folks over at The Ironstone Nest.

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35. Herb Plot

Grow your vegetables, herbs, and other small plants in this container. @barton34, an Instructables member, teaches us how to do it on the link.

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36. Garden Loungers

Try this easy pallet project out so that when summer comes, you’ll be ready to party! Instructables member @shoestringpavilion shows us how to make garden lounges the easy way.

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37. Easy Pallet Garden Walkway

Walk tall with this garden walkway idea. This is another practical idea from Funky Junk Interiors.

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38. Easy Pallet Bike Rack

Need a bike rack? Pallets got your back. Instructables member @maudlin shows us how to store your bikes pallet style the easy way.

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39. Potting Bench

A Piece of Rainbow teaches us how to make these potting benches from pallets. They will save you money and the environment!

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40. DIY Patio Day Bed

Need to snooze for a bit? Make your daybed and let your pallet dreams happen. Head on over to Lovely Greens to find out how you can make this lovely daybed for your house.

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41. Garden Tool Shelf

Try this simple but practical garden tool shelf project in your home and garden shed. This is another project from Funky Junk Interiors.

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42. Fence

Use the pallets as they are and put up a tall fence. It will virtually cost you nothing—especially if you get your pallets for free. Hometalk member Siff S. shows us how it will look after you’re finished with your fence.

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43. Vegetables and Herb Planter

If you don’t have a garden, you can use pallets to start out. @guyavraham from 1001pallets.com shows how simple it is to get started on your vegetable and herb planter.

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44. Sandbox for Children

Impress your kids by making a sandbox that they will always remember. Ana White teaches us again how to make this sandbox with all the details.

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45. Playhouse

Let your kids experience and see the beauty of DIY with this project. A Subtle Revelry shows how easy and simple it is to make this wonderful playhouse.

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46. Kids’ Playground

Make this your ultimate goal this year and make your kids happy every day for the rest of their childhood. If you are up to the task, you can ask Elizabeth, the Frugal Mom Eh!, on how they conceptualised and built this mammoth of a project.

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“One day while driving by a local factory, I saw a pile of shipping crates and pallets waiting to be disposed of and the light bulb came on. That pile of pallets looked to me like a mostly assembled, modular playscape just waiting for a home.” ­­Elizabeth, Frugal Mom Eh

 

 

 

 

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47. Swing Chair

You made a swing bed, setup a swing chair too! Instructables member @millsy2254 teaches us the directions to make your own.

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48. Picnic Table

You can leave this piece of furniture and not worry about it because it is so cheap and easy to make. Ana White is solid when it comes to ideas on what to make from pallets.

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49. Garden Lamps

Light up your garden with these unique DIY lamps. Ian Anderson posted this on Handy Crowd and intended it for the winter, but there’s no problem if it stays in your garden all year long. Say hello again to pallet and mason jar partnership!

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50. Swing Bed

Relax in the most comfortable way with this project. This is my personal favourite, which is why I saved it for last. A big up to the girls over at The Merry Thought for making this project.

 

Pallets are not just a piece of wood.

To anyone with a creative mind and the will to put in time, pallets could mean the greatest resource for your DIY needs and projects. As you have seen, you don’t need a lot of tools to start your pallet project. You can start simple and then when you get up to speed, you can start exploring the bounds of your creativity and DIY skill.

What do you think of the list? Do you have any other ideas that would make a great and inspiring project? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Other useful resources:

How to build a pig enclosure from pallets – This wonderful guide provides a step-by-step process of building a pig pen from used pallets.