Memorial Day Craft Projects

 

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Project and Photo from Instructables by BlueBean

 

Getting ready for the first holiday of the summer? Planning a picnic and honor for those who serve our country in the military, police, fire, and emergency. We have a few projects you can create to bring the holiday together with ease and comfort for guests.

You can create a flag using pallets and paint. This will add a great theme to your party. Creating a picnic table will provide a great place for everyone to enjoy the exceptional food and conversation.

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Picnic Table and Image from 101 Pallet Ideas

These projects will last long into the hot summer day from Memorial Day, Fourth of July and the summer ending holiday Labor Day. Pallets provide good quality wood and usually weather resistant for your products.

Pallet crafts can include:

Garden Window Box

Skateboarding obstacles

Paintball barricades

Garden Fencing

Birdhouse

Furniture

Flag for the summer decorations

AMC Consolidated developed the company with the principle of recycling and reducing waste. This offers a better use of our products, employees’ time, cost savings, and the environment over all.  The amount of waste produced affects the planets soil, fresh and salt water, and the air.  It is important that we work together to do what we can when it comes to recycling.

Reduce, reuse, and recycle are important factors in keeping the earth cleaner. AMC Consolidated pallets being biodegradable and reusable allows for our pallets to be earth friendly and a sustainable product. We produce high quality pallets meeting local and international regulations. We are the only local pallet yard that heat-treats their pallets for shipment.

AMC Consolidated business was built with the concept of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Please feel free to contact us regarding any of our products, sales@amcconsolidated.com or 1-602-233-9800.

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The Time of Year for Playground Mulch

Playground Mulch

AMC Consolidated provides mulch playground covering. Our playground mulch is in local school districts and housing developments. This high quality product provides much need safety and aesthetics for any play area.

AMC Consolidated currently uses green Douglas fir, SPF-spruce pine fir, and some hardwoods to create its playground mulch. Placing mulch on your playground you want to ensure that you pay attention to shock absorption (ASTM F1229-09). This standard guideline is based on the material and maximum height that will not cause head injury.

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When laying the mulch down consider the following for injury prevention:

  • Where your children’s feet land
  • Where your children’s feet leave the ground
  • Climbing areas
  • Swings
  • Monkey bars

These areas need to make sure that mulch is placed in these areas according to the ASTM F1229-09 i.e. 12″ depth. (please check guidelines for specific measurement.

When laying the mulch consider:

  • Drainage
  • Containing the playground area so the mulch is not tracked off
  • Keep in mind that over time mulch will compress so more depth is needed when initial laid
  • Maintain mulch depth for injury prevention

Playground mulch can bring a lot to your play area:

  • Seed germination reduction
  • Soil temperature regulation
  • Assists with reduction of weeds
  • Increases water absorption
  • Improves soil nutrients and structure for plants
  • Beautifies playgrounds with contrasting coloration
  • Decomposing bark mulch does not use soil nitrates

Playground covering

Protecting your children and their play areas are a priority that should be taken serious and with the best quality products. When choosing the best material for your playground keep in mind that rubber ground covering materials can cause a reaction to those allergic to latex and an allergic reaction can develop due to exposure.

AMC Consolidated works for you, their customer. Please feel free to contact us regarding

Trees in the Desert?

Phoenix AZ maybe be a desert, but the value of trees is present with the tree and shade master plan put in place 2010. Trees are vital role in any community. They provide shade (needed in the hot summer day of Phoenix), provide livable communities, add to the ecosystem, and create an oasis.

Trees also provide:

  • Increased home values
  • Production of Oxygen
  • Reduction of CO2
  • Shade areas of the yard and neighborhood
  • Cool sidewalks and direct sunlight locations in the yard
  • Cut home cooling costs if planted on direct sunlight areas
  • Produce food for humans and wildlife
  • Cut down winds
  • Peaceful and serene settings
  • Minimize frost and dew
  • Flowers that provide fragrance to the yard
  • Provide privacy
  • Sound buffers
  • Reduce urban heating
  • Habitat for wildlife

Phoenix has many native trees that tolerate the extremes of the Sonoran Dessert. The trees can tolerate the long hot summers, monsoon storms, and colder winter nights. Some of the trees are:

  • Western Soapberry
    • Growth 10-50 Ft.
    • Uses buttons, soaps, and necklaces. The fruit is not eatable
  • Arizona Sycamore
    • Growth 80 Ft.
    • Great for patio areas and blooms in spring
  • Box Elder/Ash Leaf
    • Growth 60 ft.
    • Blooms March and April yellow, green, and brown
  • Arizona Ash
    • Growth 30-50 ft.
    • Great for Summer Shade
  • Black Cherry
    • Growth 25-110 Ft.
    • Used for furniture, cherry flavoring, jams, and wine
    • Desert Willow
    • Growth 6-30 Ft.
    • Flowering tree with pink clusters

These trees will tolerate and grow well in your yard, park, and community. They do take some special care to plant and nurture, but the benefits of planting trees outweighs the start-up cost and time of planting non-native trees.

It is important to plant trees that are native to your community to prevent diseases and expensive watering and care. Please see your local nursery for plants and contact AMC Consolidated for tree trimming needs.

Pallets

AMC Consolidated first product was pallets. These slabs that carry products are produced in the industrial area of Phoenix Arizona, but our product can be shipped internationally. We produce pallets that meet our customers’ high standards and shipment regulations.

Pallets have played a vital role in shipment of products since the early 1920s. This development changed the way products were shipped from production to consumer. Wood pallets provide a smooth surface, even weight distribution, and vertical stacking reducing transportation costs and storage. The greatest advantage was the time to load and unload product in regards to shipping. Creating pallets has specific regulations, needs, and purposes.

Producing pallets requires an understanding of what is the purpose of pallets and where they are going to be shipped. There are several types of pallets produced:

  • Stinger Pallet: A frame of three or four parallel pieces of timber
  • Block Pallet: Utilize both parallel and perpendicular stringers

Pallets can be manufactured under the following names and products:

  • New Pallet: Made from new green lumber
  • Reclaimed Pallet: produced from reclaimed lumber
  • Recycled Pallet: Recondition (used, refurbished) re-manufactured (made from reclaimed lumber), hybrid (combination of new and reclaimed lumber)
  • Grocery Manufactured Pallet: most common type of recycled pallet measuring 48”
  • Soft Wood: this is the cheapest product, but it is usually good for one use and only lift able by the forklift on two sides.
  • Hardwood: This is a more durable and can carry various weights that can be noted by color-coding the pallets.

Construction wood pallets can depend on the use of the pallet:

  • General
  • FDA
  • Storage
  • Chemical
  • Export; the expected load weight
  • Type of wood desired:
    • Recycled
    • Hard
    • Soft
    • Kiln dried
    •  Combo (new & recycle);
  • Type of fasteners to hold the pallet together
    • Staples
    • Nails

Types of wood used to create pallets vary in regions in the United States. Northern regions contain the least amount of wood and are mostly hardwood lumber. Southern and Western regions pallets are made mainly from softwoods. Western pallets use the most wood in production.

The reasons for the differences in regions are:

  • Wood available in the region
  • Industries needing shipment
  • Distance that products are being shipped

AMC Consolidated currently uses KD-HT green Douglas fir, SPF-spruce pine fir, and some hardwoods. This provides a strong pallet that can meet your shipping needs and regulations.

Pallets need to be maintained and follow regulations set by: The following organization requires heat-treating and kilning dry pallets, European Union (EU), American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC), and National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA).

Treating the wood pallets or skids eliminates the following insects and pest groups:

  • Anobiidae
  • Bostrichidae
  • Buprestidae
  • Cerambycidae
  • Curculionidae
  • Isoptera
  • Lyctidae
  • Oedemeridae
  • Scolytidae
  • Siricidae
  • Bursaphelenchus Xylophilus

When purchasing or receiving your pallets internationally look for the stamp that ensures your pallets meet the ISMP 15 requirements for treating pests and any certifications from organizations like, ALSC to ensure you are meeting all standards. To keep costs low and ensure pallets are meeting standards ask the pallet company if they are treating their pallets on site.

Here a few items you need to consider when placing a pallet order.

  • Pallet delivery address.
  • How will the pallets be unloaded: Dock or Ground (Flatbed or Van Trailer)
  • What is the minimum quantity per order for this size pallet?
  • How often is this quantity ordered?
  • Pallet type requested: NewRecycled Or Either
  • Approximate Maximum Total Weight to be placed on pallet.
  • If you have a special service request: export or pallet disposal needs.
  • AMC has the capabilities to heat treat and kiln dry pallets, processes necessary to prepare pallets for international use.
  • Kiln drying and heat-treating are the most environmentally safe methods used in the treatment of wood pallets.

If you do not know your exact pallet specs answer these questions:

If you do know your pallet specifications, these questions may be optional

  • Pallet Jackable: Yes or No
  • Minimum Thickness of Deckboards.
  • Maximum Spacing Between Top Deckboards.
  • If 48″ by 40″ Reconditioned 4-way, Specify Grade: (1 or A, 2 or B, 3 or C)
  • Will Pallet be used in Racking System? Yes or No
  • Describe Products to be placed on Pallets.
  • Will Pallets Containing Product be Double or Triple Stacked? Yes or No

AMC Consolidated creates, heat treats, repairs, and buys used pallets. We are knowledge and experienced. Please contact us or call 602-233-9800 for further assistance.

Wood Pallets Provide Great Use, Reuse, and Protection

Heat Treating Pallets

AMC Consolidated provides pallets that meet or exceed industry standards for shipment and storing of products. AMC Consolidated wood pallets are made with uses KD-HT green Douglas fir, SPF-spruce pine fir, and some hardwoods. This allows for AMC Consolidated pallet to be:

  •      Bio Degradable
  •      Affordable
  •      Reusable
  •      Durable
  •      Heat Treated according to the ISPM 15
  •      Recyclable
  •      Do not require chemicals for production

Reduce, reuse, and recycle are important factors in keeping the earth cleaner. AMC Consolidated pallets being biodegradable and reusable allows for our pallets to be earth friendly and a sustainable product. Wood pallets reuse can include:

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Biodegradability of AMC Consolidated pallets provides a product that can be, “broken down in a reasonable amount of time.”  The ability to remain a green company is a priority for AMC Consolidated.

We have taken the time to ensure that our pallets are meeting the ISBM standards and our customers’ needs. Our pallets are created with the process of sustainability incorporated. We heat-treat our pallets according to ISMP 15, we produce our pallets for the ability to be reused, biodegradable, and reduced.

AMC Consolidated produces high quality pallets meeting local and international regulations. We are the only local pallet yard that heat-treats their pallets for shipment. We have sent pallets worldwide and look forward to assisting your company with your material handling needs. Please contact Ed or call 602-233-9800 for further assistance.

Types of Wood Used For Pallet Creation

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When creating pallets the type and quality of wood are specific to accomplish the best results for intended use. When considering wood types for pallets the considerations are strength, durability, and recycling.

Types of wood used to create pallets vary in regions in the United States. Northern regions contain the least amount of wood and are mostly hardwood lumber. Southern and Western regions pallets are made mainly from softwoods. Western pallets use the most wood in production.

The reasons for the differences in regions are:

  • Wood available in the region
  • Industries needing shipment
  • Distance that products are being shipped

Wood pallets are produced to be expendable or reusable. Expendable pallets are limited use pallets and not expected to be reused again. Reusable pallets are built strong and durable wood.

Softwood use is a one-time use and often trashed after the first trip. This does not allow for pallet reuse. This wood requires lifting from both sides. Hardwoods provide reuse. The can be returned to the pallet company or resold as used pallets. They provide lifting from all four sides. The pallets usually provide a code for the types of loads they can carry.

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Wood pallets can carry the following products:

  • General
  • FDA
  • Storage
  • Chemical
  • Export if heat-treated

Wood For Pallets

AMC Consolidated currently uses KD-HT green Douglas fir, SPF-spruce pine fir, and some hardwoods. We have the expertise to meet your product shipping needs and understanding of pallet production. We can assist with your questions regarding your pallet order. Contact us today with your pallet ordering needs locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.