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The Charlie Brown Tree and Building Fence Panels

A photo of Nebraska DaveI've been deep into the Christmas card sending this week.  How about you?  Are your Christmas cards all sent out and your presents all bought?  Yeah, mine neither.  

Those that have followed this blog for awhile have heard me talk about putting up the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  I call it that because, well, there's not a lot of ornaments on it and it just gets a bag put over the top of the tree when the season is over.  It's resting spot is in the bowels of the house along with all he other stuff.  You saw what the food storage looked like before I started working on it, right?  Well think of the rest of the basement in the same condition.  I thought maybe you'd like to see the infamous Charlie Brown Christmas tree.Nebraska Daves Charlie Brown Christmas Tree 

So what do you think?  Pretty sad, huh.  My wife was the decorator.  I was just the lights guy.  I would put up the tree and get the lights working and she would fuss with the tree for days to get it just right.  It's just not the same without her touch on things at this time of the year. I've been flying solo for 11 years and still think about her often.  My daughter didn't inherit the decorating gene from her so we are in a sad state of affairs during the holiday season.  Bradley, my grandson, decided this year we should decorate the Poor Man's Patio.  Since I am the lights guy, I can't hardly refuse that request, now can I.

This last week I discovered a wonderful website call "Craig's list".  Yeah, I know, I'm always way behind the times.  I heard about it but was never interested in another website to steal my time away.  That was until someone told me that there was FREE stuff on it.  That stopped me in my tracks and got my attention real quick.  So this last week, I set out to cruise Craig's list to see what free stuff could be had.  One item kept popping up quite frequently.  FREE wood pallets.  Hmmmm.  Yeah, you know me too well. I'm thinking about what could I do with pallets.  I picked a place and hopped into my truck named "Ranger Rick" and off we sped to seek out some FREE pallets.
Free Pallets 

What do you see here in Ranger Rick? FREE pallets you say.  Well, I see something quite different.  After a bit of remodeling, the most awesome fencing ever was born.Free Pallet Fencing 

Yeah, it doesn't look half bad, does it.  And it appears that there is a never ending supply of pallets to remodel into fencing panels.  This picture is two panels that I built by taking other pallets apart and filling in the spaces.  I currently am working on a panel that's 7 1/2 feet long.  The height almost 4 1/2 feet.  I haven't decided if I want to paint them or not.  If I paint them it wouldn't be for protecting the wood but just for looks.  I found a place called "Green Acres Recycling" that piles pallets out by the road daily for anyone to pick up.  I struck up a conversation with the owner and told him what I was using them for and he indicated that if I saw anything in his yard I could have it.  Holy cats, it's a construction debris dump site.  When contractors are done with building on a site they clean it up and haul it there.  I was overwhelmed with all the stuff there.  Poles, blocks, pallets piled high, oh my.  I had to leave because I just saw too much project material.  He's invited me back so he can load me up proper.  Oh, dear, what's a fellow to do?

Oooo, Oooo, another item popped up on the FREE list.  A real picket fence. Once again I hopped in Ranger Rick and sped off into darkness to seek out the FREE picket fence.  It's all good fencing wood.  It will all be dismantled and used for pallet fencing.
Picket Fence 

Oh, I can hardly sit I'm so excited.  And it was FREE.  More fence building material.  Can you believe it?  All those years wasted when I could have been getting FREE project material.  OK, ok, big deep breaths.  Calming down now.  But it's all FREE.

Wishing all those GRIT folks that are much more in control that I am a very Merry Christmas.  May Santa bring you every thing you wished for.  See you next week unless I'm out getting FREE stuff.

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nebraska dave
1/4/2013 3:50:58 PM

Cheryl, ah, yeah, for years I never had anything to haul stuff. I always wanted a little truck. Finally in 2004 I had the means to fulfill my desire and bought the little Ford Ranger that I named Ranger Rick. He has in 8 1/2 years been to South Carolina, Las Vegas twice, the Gulf of Mexico, pulled a boat to Canada, hauled rocks, dirt, lumber, barrels, furniture, and just about anything else you can think of. He and I have certainly had some exciting adventures. At 155,000 miles and still running strong, I hope to have many more adventures before we have to hang up the traveling and retire to a life of rocking on the front porch. Maybe some day the same will happen for you. Have a great day thinking about warmer weather.


mary carton
1/4/2013 4:32:03 AM

Cindy I like that term.


cheryl aker
1/2/2013 10:04:32 PM

Too funny Nebraska Dave! We could use some free pallets, but have no way to get them home as of yet. :) Some day... Good for you for putting up your Christmas tree, Charlie Brown or not, it's the thought that counts? Happy New Year to you!!


nebraska dave
1/2/2013 2:46:13 PM

Heather, since I discovered that many businesses don't reuse the pallets and give them away free, my mind has really been activated to think about all the possibilities for using the wood that they are made from. I suspect that I'm only scratching the surface of the many things that will spawn from the free materials. It's a great resource, isn't it. Have a great day recycling pallets.


heather jackson
1/2/2013 11:52:07 AM

The best things in life are free! I'm currently obsessed with using pallets for building projects! My poor husband is very sweet to bring them home from work for me. He knows to find the pretty ones.


nebraska dave
12/19/2012 1:07:57 AM

Susan, yea, free is good. Winter storm Draco is supposedly heading my way so I've battened down the hatches and made sure the snow blower would start. It's a great day to anticipate a good old fashioned snow storm. Don't you think? :0) Have a great .... horse manure day. (ack)


susan berry
12/18/2012 10:48:13 PM

Nice Dave! I was like that two weeks ago when I found FREE horse manure!!! I was paying for it all last Summer. and now I found a FREE supplier, all I want! The Blessings Abound! Have a wonderful blessed Christmas!


nebraska dave
12/16/2012 8:34:20 PM

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a message. Have a great Christmas season.


pauline hylton
12/15/2012 9:04:34 PM

Nice, Dave.


nebraska dave
12/13/2012 2:37:22 PM

Cindy, now that you mention it, I do remember you talking about "Good Junque" before in one of you long time ago posts. Terra Nova Gardens compost pile gets turned by the wild turkeys. There are many possibilities with old pallets. And they're FREE. I just can't believe I haven't discovered this source before. Merry Christmas to you and your family. And enjoy the snow because I know how you love the winter cross country skiing.


cindy murphy
12/13/2012 12:59:49 PM

You're cracking me up, Dave. Free, free, FREE!!!! FREE is good, I always say. And since I'm always picking up FREE stuff left out of the trash on the side of the road, (I prefer the term Good Junque, rather than FREE trash; sounds much classier, don't you think?), I know I'd have a field day at Green Acres Recycling. Looking into my crystal ball (which someone carelessly threw out for the trash until I rescued it), I see in Terra Nova Garden's future a compost bin made from FREE pallets, and maybe another at the Urban Ranch. Pallets make great compost bins - the slats allow for aeration, while the bin keeps the compost neatly contained rather than looking like a trash heap......which someone might rifle through, looking for FREE stuff. Enjoy your day. And Merry Christmas!


nebraska dave
12/12/2012 2:13:50 PM

Mary, oh, yeah, imagine the haul you could make at the recycling place with your truck. They had pallets there that were made from 2X4s. I couldn't even lift one end. I really should have taken a crow bar so I could have taken them apart. There were 4X4 bones in some of the pallets. It looks like from craig's list that there are pallets available about once or twice a week. Most just come and take them to burn. Thanks for leaving a comment and have a great day.


mary carton
12/12/2012 3:53:36 AM

Your tree looks better than my little foot high one, which I haven't taken out of it's bag yet and put up on a shelf somewhere. Wow imagine what I could haul in my big RAM truck from that recycling place, oh my. Have a great and Merry Christmas Dave.