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- How to build an allotment shed from pallets
Fri 30-Sep-11
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Danny
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Our allotment on New Chevely Road in Newmarket is a joy. The atmosphere there is extraordinarily relaxing and the custodians are a friendly and very helpful bunch. It's like a welcoming community that lies undiscovered to most locals. It's almost three months since we got the 10-rod plot and we are harvesting greens almost daily. The growing conditions are far better than our own kitchen garden.

Nobody wanted our plot because it was covered with rye grass, as is the smaller adjoining 5-rod plot. So they gave us that, unasked and rent free for the first year.

The range of sheds is astonishing, from the completely ramshackle to a spanking brand new one that looks lie it cost £1k and looks totally out of place. Some allotmenteers even have a caravan or a gazebo. The fun element is huge. Adults playing house. we love it. It is like going to the beach if you have a beach hut.

Now we have decided to build our own shed, not buy one. It must be from waste or recycled materials. There is a plentiful supply of pallets at the allotment. I reckon we can come up with a design that has uprights over which we can slip the pallets to form a rigid cavity wall that we can clad outside and in with insulation in the cavity.

There is not much information on the Internet. Does anybody know of a design, or has anybody experience or advice?

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Fri 30-Sep-11
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Some amazing buildings there, Nige - a lot of hard work.

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Live life to express, not to impress
Don't strive to make your presence noticed
Just make your absence felt"
Fri 30-Sep-11
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http://www.motherearthnews.com/modern-homesteading.....3zsie.aspx...weird idea and theres even plans on there somewhere 

Fri 7-Oct-11
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Here's an idea from my favorite site Instructables...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Playhouse/

 

I know it says playhouse, but they say it can be modified to use as a shed...

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Thu 17-Nov-11
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Ruthdigs
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You'd need to treat the pallets as they're cheap wood and not built for long term lasting.  That said I've been planning on making an upcycled shed using pallets and old doors etc for " er " about 3 years now embarassed (Who said procrastination¦!!eeek).  This is my personal favourite though it's a sight smaller than I want.  Love the stove and chimney though!  If you read the comments there's various tips on pallet builds and that site in fact has all things 'sheddy' on it.  I know I can get lost easily following link to link on there¦

There's a cool one here too.  In fact if you search 'pallet shed' on that site there's various ideas and examples.

Sun 4-Dec-11
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Danny
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Thanks for all you tips and research, peeps. Love that Readers' sheds site, Ruth.

It's a bigger passion than I realised!

Isn't the amount of effort and imagination fantastic.

Now I need to sit down and design something on paper. We have discarded PVC conservatory doors and windows lying in our driveway, donated by a neighbour. Fiona can never say no to any offers. They are next to 20 marble floor tiles. God only knows where they will end up eeek

Our nearest recycling centre in Newmarket was closed by recent local authority cuts but a charity took over the running of it. Recycling is free but there is a charge for non-recyclable stuff, which is a fair arrangement. I had a chat with the guys and they would be happy to set aside lengths of wood in exchange for a donation. So I need to work out what I need by way up uprights etc.

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Thu 8-Dec-11
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Have you thought of using fencing panels?  Some people seem to replace their panels almost yearly so they are almost new.  The fencing guys seem delighted when you offer to take away the old ones. Admittedly I used them for a "summer house" for Nancy, my goat, up on the marsh.  It has stood the test of time (2years) and of the wind!  I used fencing posts and scraps of roofing felt - I am quite proud of it!wink

Thu 8-Dec-11
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Well done, picture in the spring please!

I'll try that again!

Thu 8-Dec-11
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doh  ummm  If you are over 6ft ignore my suggestion! 

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