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Father and son build off-grid cabin using free pallet wood (video)

This is the story of an off-grid cabin built using free pallet wood thanks to the TA Outdoors YouTube Channel.

It’s a really enjoyable video to watch because there are no words, but you can hear all of the beautiful sounds of construction with no power tools, and while watching you start picking up a lot of what it takes to build a cabin. It’s pretty awesome. Hope you enjoy.🙏🔨

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Off-grid cabin built using free pallet wood

To begin with, we started to break the pallets down into useable timber to build the foundations and the frame of the cabin. For the roof we used recycled tin from an old barn roof. We then used an old garden shed window and fit this to the western wall of the cabin. Once the framework and structure of the cabin was complete, we began to some pallet wood projects and focused on building furniture for the inside of the cabin.

FULL VIDEO – Father/Son Build Cabin using Reclaimed Pallet Wood and Nails


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  • irene guerin
    October 2, 2019, 5:53 pm

    This is my kind of tiny house!

    Great work thanks!

  • Melissa Robinson
    October 2, 2019, 6:02 pm

    I absolutely LOVED this video! I forwarded it to my ex-husband (my children’s father) in the hope that he may do something like this with our two sons ages 19 1/2 and 17 1/2 since this is definitely the ages where both are on the cusp of becoming men; therefore, they desperately need their dad for guidance.

    • Diana
      October 2, 2019, 7:10 pm

      WAY TO GO! Great JOB!!! You Guys ROCK!!

  • Lesley Parker
    October 2, 2019, 6:53 pm

    Fabulous – loved the silence they worked into the filming too – well done to you both!

  • Janet Kesselman
    October 2, 2019, 7:16 pm

    Always great to see pallet woods re-used instead of wasted. This is by far the best idea yet! Looks amazing guys!!!


  • macloud9
    October 2, 2019, 7:24 pm

    …..Just simply ‘awesome ‘ and first class …..

  • Paul Larsen
    October 2, 2019, 8:57 pm

    This is really great ! Shows what can be done with some imagination and a lot of work. And the best part using recycled materials. Society is so wasteful it seems . It must have been a lot of work to take apart the pallets. I have tried my self for various small projects . Either I pull the head of the nail or end up splitting the wood. and some end up as firewood as they are almost impossible to take apart.

    • James D.
      October 5, 2019, 4:54 pm

      Yeah, the downside to reclaiming materials is the amount of time and energy it takes to process the material and you often have to go through more than you need as there’s always some waste. While it can also limit your design choices…

      But as long as it’s not chemically treated you can always use the left overs as wood chips or firewood…

      Though, if the split is clean you can opt to glue it back… Glue, unless it’s on end grain, will generally be stronger than the wood fibers but if it’s a big project then that can get expensive along with other diminishing returns on trying to use every bit of material…

  • Patty
    October 2, 2019, 11:21 pm

    This was really great! I loved how extensive they made the project, adding the porch, outhouse, fence & hothouse (?). Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  • Alex (a different one)
    October 3, 2019, 1:33 am

    Fantastic work. The cabin looks real cozy. Even though not free like the rest of the supplies, I love that wood stove. Small, but big enough for a cabin 4 times as large. With the water boiler and the oven, what a great idea. Can you supply the brand? I didn’t see anything other than “Stove”.

    • James D.
      October 9, 2019, 12:59 am

      It’s the Gstove Heat View (www.gstove(dot)com)… Looks like they may have a discount code for their subscribers… “taoutdoors”, for 15% off…

    • Tiffany Marino-Kelly
      April 27, 2021, 9:35 pm

      It’s a Gstove. I have one! I love it. I have the water reservoir and oven as well.
      The stove is pricey and each attachment is extra.

      • Natalie C. McKee
        April 29, 2021, 1:54 pm

        Thanks for sharing, Tiffany!

  • Marsha Rochow
    October 3, 2019, 10:27 pm

    these homes are amazing with free wood. I think people who can build tiny houses are so talented.

  • Paul Larsen
    October 4, 2019, 9:10 am

    This would be a great idea for a garden shed too, just put in on a few bricks or cement blocks.

  • Ryda stuart
    October 6, 2019, 3:45 am

    I cannot speak for any place other than California. However in California most of our pallets are made of pine see. Find is not have the structural strength of oak. Also with pallets but inspector would be very carefully it is loadbearing and can be hiding wires that I should build will become a parent or hate me if I was down the li I cannot speak for any place other than California. However in California most of our pallets are made of pine see. Pine is not the structural strength of oak. You must inspect the wood very carefully it is not intended for permanent use.

  • john smart
    December 1, 2019, 12:53 am

    too bad he didn’t raise it up on some blocks or even stone- that floor will rot out in less than 5 years.

  • Karen Rivers
    December 1, 2019, 2:37 am

    Great work! recycle, reduce, reuse.

    • Alex (a different one)
      December 3, 2019, 5:22 pm

      Not to be pedantic, but the order should be Reduce, Reuse, Recycle because the most effective behavior is to reduce material use so it doesn’t get created it the first place. In this case, it was the Reuse of the pallet material that is so compelling. Some pallets coming from South America are built from exotic wood that can be very pretty if machined properly. I have built furniture that sits in my brother’s living room from pallet wood.

  • Wayne A
    December 1, 2019, 2:18 pm

    I looked up the stove, but I didn’t see any water tank or the stove you attached to the top in the middle of two pipe sections, where do you find those?

    • Wayne
      December 1, 2019, 2:21 pm

      Sorry, I meant g stove but auto correct changed it, also I meant I could not find the oven you attached between pipe sections.

    December 2, 2019, 9:24 am

    That was super cool!!! Kudos!! Using tools that most people wouldn’t think of using!!!

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