Brooding On

Playing with Pallets and Power Tools

I officially give up on trying to predict when our goat babies will be born.  The status report is that Izzy is a whale, Nutmeg has been grinding her teeth, Honey is oozing (don't ask; just know that it's important), and Razz is the biggest of them all!  I have no idea which of them will kid first or how soon it is going to happen.  So, I continue to keep a very watchful eye on all of them.  They're pretty tired of my lifting-of-the-tails ritual that takes place every two hours.  ;)

Izzy:  "How much longer can this go on?"

Izzy:  "How much longer can this go on?"

Today (Tuesday), we are enjoying a brief little warm spell before tomorrow's snow moves in.  I knew that the day would bring some rain along with the warm temps, so it seemed like the perfect day to tackle a barn project that's been on my list for awhile. 

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The goal was to create another countertop surface for the barn kitchen area that would also house the trashcan and dishwasher.  Girl 2 helped me map out a plan and haul pallets to the barn last night; then, while she was at school today, I got out the power tools. Yes, it was all kinds of fun!

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I had planned to try dismantling the pallets using a new method I read about on Pinterest.  But, the Sawzall's kickback when I went at the metal nails was SCARY so I went back to dissembling the pallets the old-fashioned crowbar way.

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I was able to make use of screws, sandpaper, and tools that we already had, so this project cost us NOTHING.  I love projects like that!

And the big reveal . . .

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The design is as simple as it looks and made use of only two pallets.    It even has cute little side shelves to hold the Lemi-Shine and dish detergent. 

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I <3 our barn kitchen.  I still have a few little modifications to make; but, on the whole, it performs very well for us.  During evening chores -- the busiest barn time of the day -- this area functions like a well-oiled machine as it is the center of barn operations for egg washing and packaging, milking, and now bottle preparation for ThreeFive.  In some ways, the barn kitchen is superior than the one in the trailer.  It's got a dishwasher and a sink that's more than 4 inches deep, for example.  Maybe I should get a hot plate and start serving dinner down at the barn.  :)

What cool project have you been able to complete using pallets?