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Man Builds 12×12 Tiny Pallet Cabin with Free Pallet Wood

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I’m excited to show you this man’s 12×12 tiny pallet cabin that he built with free pallet wood!

It’s a great little cabin for simple living but you can also just use it as an extra hunting shack, micro guest house, weekend retreat, etc.

Kevin Bentley built this awesome little cabin and Derek “DEEK” Diedricksen of RelaxShacks.com is shares the video with us below. Please enjoy and re-share below. Thank you!

Man Builds 12×12 Tiny Pallet Cabin with Free Pallet Wood

Dogs Hanging out at the Pallet Cabin

Images © Kevin Bentley

Man Builds Tiny cabin using Free Pallet Wood

Images © Kevin Bentley

Video: The Pallet Cabin


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  • Varenikje
    June 13, 2015, 1:35 pm

    Did he say that this is in Australia? You can tell he is pleased with his own work here, and he did find some great things to use for materials. Creative use of pallet wood, that’s for sure!

  • Ann
    June 13, 2015, 2:47 pm

    Nice. Varenikje, according to his facebook site he’s in Georgia.

    • Varenikje
      June 14, 2015, 2:06 am

      Now that you mention it, he does sound more like he is from Georgia rather than Australia. he he.

  • Lisa E.
    June 13, 2015, 4:03 pm

    Normally, I don’t care for the looks of re-claimed builds because they look too “rustic” for my personal taste, but I must say that this gentleman is so meticulous in his building that I consider this one of the best re-claimed builds I’ve ever seen. It’s really good to know that all of this wood has been put to really good use and I give two thumbs up to this builder and this build! Great job on this man-cave! 😀 Keep us posted as this project comes along! 😉

    • Varenikje
      June 15, 2015, 11:59 pm

      I agree. I would like to see this one again as he does more work on it.

  • Aonya
    June 13, 2015, 7:29 pm

    The use of burnt motor oil, was that for several purposes? Stain & sealant would it also keep the carpenter bees away?

    • Rob Mair
      June 14, 2015, 12:07 am

      Hey Aonya, have you ever compared the price of used oil to stain and sealant?
      The oil will stain and seal in one coat especially old rough sawn timber
      and fade to look rally great. May need a new coat every year or so.
      I have even used a mixture of diesel 50% and new oil 50% on a newly sanded redwood floor and people were bowled over by what I used and how good it looked. The oil smell soon disappears.

  • Dean
    June 14, 2015, 1:12 pm

    Kevin could seal up those gaps in his walls by nailing another layer of wood on the outside, or some more of that tin siding.
    On the inside, he can insulate with crumped up old newspapers then cover with CORREGATED cardboard.
    Some should tell Kevin to check with any of his local newspapers and ask he could haul away any old editions they may have bundled in the back.

  • Cahow
    June 15, 2015, 8:47 am

    “I used some ‘see-ment…” LOL I haven’t heard that word pronounced like that since the ‘See-ment Pond’ on The Beverly Hillbillies! LOL, again. Well, Bless His Pea-Pickin’ Heart for all the hard work he’s done.

    I LOVE the exterior and all the detailing that he’s done, especially his “Red Neck Lantern” that he fashioned by the green door.

    I am a tad confused about his interior, though: nothing is finished inside except for the little area for his Bose(TM) speakers so I’m not sure WHAT he’s using this place for: is it a Hunting Shack? Is it an experiment? Does he plan on living in here or renting it out? Because right now, it’s just stacked lumber and not much more inside.

    Still, I give him an A+ for creativity and re-purposing materials. 😀

    • Dean
      June 15, 2015, 11:27 am

      I think he said I was originally intended as a chicken coop, but he liked it so much its now going to be his man cave.

  • June 15, 2015, 12:42 pm

    I love this guy!

  • Denise
    June 16, 2015, 3:07 am

    I like the idea and the layout, it will be nice to see it finished…HOWEVER…it is good he is in Georgia so he won’t have to worry about earthquakes with a building constructed without structural uprights. I am building a Tiny House in my backyard (ADU) and started to do it in pallets. I was looking forward to the challenge of being creative on a budget and making use of free raw materials. I asked my plumber to come out and give me a quote on plumbing and when he saw it, he flat out refused to plumb it because he said that all it takes is one earthquake and it will go down. I live in western Washington state so this is a valid concern. Pallet houses, while resourceful, have no structural uprights and as my plumber said “You don’t want anyone asleep in that thing when and if an earthquake hits, and we are due for a big one at some point.”
    Long story short, I got rid of my pallet walls and redid them in normal 2×6 framing. I will save the pallets for wood flooring.

    • BrownLuster
      June 29, 2015, 12:56 am

      Hi Denise!
      Great idea to use the pallet wood for flooring. Might as well get some savings & use out of the free wood!

    • Dean
      June 29, 2015, 11:17 am

      Interesting comments.
      Wouldn’t using pallets to construct walls, be akin to building a car with a box frame chassis?
      The wall, in this case, would have that all important 3rd dimension, as opposed to just being a sheet covering a frame.
      I wonder if such a structure would actually fare better in an earthquake, seeing how all those separate pallets might act like the vertebrae in your backbone and allow some flexibility in the structure (this is how skyscrapers are built, btw. So next time you’re in Columbia Center or Two Union Square, remember that everything you see, and are possibly standing on, is all suspended off a series of central columns that are built in sections, separated by viscous joints, just like your spine).
      To be certain, I’d like to see a pallet walled house tested, but my opinion is that it may possess a higher degree of survival in an earthquake than some may think.
      …could be (yet another) time for the building construction industry to grasp and idea that isn’t already 100 years old.

    • Klm
      July 4, 2015, 6:00 pm

      it’s all in the design. If your shed was made ONLY from pallets, then your plumber was right. But this clearly is a cube made from 4X4 treated lumber and topped with a roof made from standard wood, though it does appear repurposed.

      He has used pallet wood for all the siding and floor, and used pallets to create a support network for the siding within the treated wood frame. Which sounds good enough for a rural shed. it doesnt look hurricane proof by modern home standards, the siding is open and wont put up mich resisitance, which actually will save it, for a while. But a hard enough wind is gonna leave nothing but his corner posts and the roof will be off in a field.

  • Kim
    October 19, 2015, 10:47 am

    All the tiny house shows and publicized info show homes in southern and western states. Any info on buildings in the north where it gets 30 below?

  • SaturdaySportsman
    February 23, 2016, 10:16 pm

    I want this. Also the chickens. I want a little cabin with a yard full of chickens.

  • Jonathan
    December 20, 2016, 9:20 pm

    This is a great build!

    • Natalie
      December 21, 2016, 9:35 am

      Agreed 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

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