ScrapHappy March 2020: Palletgate V2.0


Ah, PalletGate. Somewhat battered but still hanging on…

A hundred years ago (OK, six), PalletGate rose from the primordial soup (OK, an old pallet or two) and has stood guard, like a Colossus (OK, a colossal eyesore), over the space between paradise and Hades (OK, the area we keep the chickens in and the other bit where we don’t). That momentous occasion (OK, no wait, it WAS) is recorded here.


Weather and not-very-good quality wood means the pallet is beginning to fall apart

The seemingly endless storms we are now having, with high winds and lots of rainfall, mean that the wood is rotting and Palletgate is beginning, much like the writer, to fall apart. Fortunately, I still have a few pallets from a neighbour, who moved out and no longer needed them, and a new bottle of single malt to help me through the construction process (as and when that actually happens).



The plan is this: using the reasonably nice pallets from the pile, treat one (or maybe two) with the same external primer and paint used for PalletCart then build a whole new gate. I am tempted to use two pallets to give a good height so that the mesh (which I will re-use from the existing gate) will be more stable in the high winds that we seem to having more frequently now. I am also going to use those gate hinges that you hang gates on rather than the current ones (I will try to source second-hand ones).

Watch this space for developments! Actually, just come back occasionally, it is partly going to depend on decent weather which seems to be in short supply at the moment…


These ScrapHappy posts are curated by Kate, who provides links to other (mostly sewing) ScrapHappy bloggers at Tall Tales from Chiconia on the fifteenth of every month. I have sneaked a non-fabric-based ScrapHappy in when no one was looking!

Lots of other happy scrappers contribute too, so check them out: KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon (me), HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie and Bekki

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11 thoughts on “ScrapHappy March 2020: Palletgate V2.0

  1. I had a feeling we hadn’t seen the last of Palletgate, and sure enough, it has lurched back into our lives like a particularly badly-made Igor (“oh *thank*-you, Marthter”). The good bit is that you’ve already been there, done that and now know the pitfalls… or do I mean pratfalls? I look forward to viewing the latest Marthterpiece soon…ish.

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  2. Here we go again… I’m not sure my nerves can stand it…

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  3. happy building wonder if the chickens will approve.

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    • Thank you – I think the chickens will be disapproving whatever I do as it stops them getting to the other bit of the garden, where, as a chicken, it’s different and therefore better! 🙂


  4. And do let us know whether the willow has the good sense to return to Mother Nature or insists on rearing its tenacious tendrils again. 😉

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  5. A delightful variation from fabric scraps

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  6. Pingback: ScrapHappy July 2021: Palletgate V2.0 Update | writinghouse

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