Tiny Free House in the NY Times

Not long after I got started down this path, Steven Kurutz, a reporter from the New York Times contacted me about this project. We talked a few times on the phone and they sent out a couple photographers to take pictures of me working in the tiny free house. The article is in the paper today!

Photo credit New York Times

How To Spot Good and Bad Pallets

Just a quick lesson in pallet quality. Julia spotted four pallets today while we were running errands. We swung around, asked if we could have them, tossed them in the back of the truck, and were off. When I unloaded them I noticed one of them wasn’t so good. The 2x4s were a bit too worn and there were lots of stains. I’ll probably take this one apart and see if any of the slats are usable. I think the 2×4 might be toast but once I get the slats off I’ll know for sure. Mostly I’m looking for rot or serious damage. The wood is definitely hardwood and the pallet is very heavy. Here’s the ‘bad’ pallet:

Below is an example of a very usable pallet from the same load. It’s a standard 40′ by 48′ pallet, sturdy, unstained, not too weathered, and fairly light weight. I suspect the wood is fir. This is the kind of pallet that makes building easy. Soft wood is much easier to work with and when the pallets are in good condition and a standard size they need very little preparation before they can become part of a wall, floor, or roof.

I’ll just screw 2x4s onto the open ends of this one and it will be good to go. I plan to do a lot of this kind of work this week so I can arrive at the farm the next time with a full load of prepared pallets. It will make the construction go much faster.

Good Free Stuff Haul Today

Julia kept a close eye on craigslist today and we got a mini fridge for the tiny free house kitchen and a resellable file cabinet. I think we’ll need to have a garage sale soon, it’s getting kind of cramped in there. Julia also spotted some pallets while we were driving along. She also spotted a big pile of pallets behind a fence in a commercial construction site. Tomorrow I’ll run over in the morning and see if they’ll let me have them. I didn’t get much pallet prep done this weekend but I did launch a new pallet house website. tinypallethouse.com