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[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]You must sign in to vote More info at Here is what I did with a bit of scrap lumber from pallets and shipping crates. Tips. Use craigslist to find sources of pallets. Check the free section. Get a good claw hammer and prybar. You will need them. A good wood saw and a few different lengths of nails will be needed as well. Once you have pried the boards apart, hammer the nails backwards to help remove them. Check out my instructable here

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  • Socratic MrMeth 7 years ago

    I believe the questioner intended less “how long will they resist rot” and more “how long will they offgas/leach toxins into the soil”. Methyl bromide put on shipping pallets to keep them from rotting is not? exactly food-safe, but not all of them are treated!

    Law says that pallets crossing int’l borders must be heat & methyl bromide treated. Methyl bromide is a pesticide that is being phased out internationally, but crates are still exempt. It is, pardon my Anglo Saxon, carcinogenic as fuck.

  • justartedbrewen 7 years ago

    good helpful vid,?

  • sugerbear520 7 years ago


  • nrsrchd 7 years ago

    I am not sure how long the arsenic lasts but I used untreated lumber and now wish I had used stones to edge the bed. If you use stone and continue through the years to add stone it will be come taller and as you age you don’t have? to bend down as far. The soil will have built up a great richness and you will have all the memories of gathering the stones with you family as well as growing you food together.

  • survivalizer 7 years ago

    Not sure. Mine has held up pretty well and they were made from pallets, whatever kind of wood that was. I made mine last? about when I uploaded this video.

  • glumGlumm 7 years ago

    How long does the chemical last if those wood have been treated with substance??

  • survivalizer 7 years ago

    The one featured here was part of a shipping crate. It usually takes about 3-4 planks plus the end caps to make one board. Pallet sizes differ and sometimes the wood splits so you kind? of have to count on how many planks you can get out of a pallet. Generally 2 -4 pallets though.

  • cmmcguire1 7 years ago

    How many pallets did you? use to make one raised bed?

  • survivalizer 7 years ago

    Thanks for the comments guys, I don’t know what spiked the traffic on this video lately but it’s nice that people are getting some use out of it.? Update on my garden, I have snow peas and carrots growing in the boxes and trying to get some yellow squash to come up. Also growing some purple potatoes in another box I built out of scrap plywood. Fill with compost and soil and plant.

  • Crash171 7 years ago


  • rawbrutaltruth 7 years ago

    nice? …job ……now to get some pallets.