How to Build a Garden Shed Out of Pallet Wood

Rural Canadian shares how to build a garden shed with unconventional building plans and recycled pallet wood.


| September/October 2013



Pallet shed in progress

Dave Mathia made his shed two pallets wide by three pallets long, with 2-by-4s around the perimeter and lengthwise down the center.

Photo Courtesy Farm Show Magazine

Inspired by other Farm Show Magazine readers, Dave Mathia built an 8-by-12-foot shed mostly out of pallets and other recycled materials. His total cost was less than $100.

He used 47 pallets, as well as siding and oriented strand board from salvage jobs.

It was enough to “alarm the neighbors.” Local officers stopped in to see what he was up to in his Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, neighborhood, which has strict regulations about building sheds no more than 107 square feet in size. Since his shed is built on skids, he was not required to have a building permit.

“We had to make our plan fit the guidelines for ‘shed protocol,’” Mathia says.

He made the deck two pallets wide by three pallets long with 2-by-4s around the perimeter and down the center lengthwise. He screwed 2 1/2 sheets of OSB on the pallets for the floor. End walls had two rows of two pallets, and side walls had two rows of three pallets.

“I put the pallets with the slats horizontal and the 2-by-4s vertical, which is opposite to what I’ve seen on the Internet. It seemed more logical to me, and is similar to house framing,” Mathia says. It provides good side strength, he adds — along with plenty of 4-inch and longer screws.





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