MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Two Mercer students are breaking, hammering, and sanding their way into the business world. They are turning wood pallets into one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture as part of their mission to create “pallets with a purpose.”
"We’ll break down the pallets, take the wood off of one side, make it like a flat top on there,” Andrew Peck, co-founder of Georgia Pallet said while describing how they build the tables.
In a small basement under Mollie Davis’ home, you will find a lot of pallets.
"A lot of people are skeptical when we tell them that we make pallet tables, but when they see pictures or start to understand what we’re talking about, they’re enthusiastic and they think its great,” Davis, co-founder of Georgia Pallet said.
Davis got the idea a year ago. She needed a coffee table, so she used what she had. She said her father gave her old pallets from his business.
“And it turned out to be a really great piece. It was awesome,” Davis said. “I didn’t think about selling it at first until one of my friends saw it, loved it, and told me to sell it online."
And with that sale, Georgia Pallet was born.
Local businesses donate the pallets. Davis and Eck spend four to eight hours building each table.
“Each is pallet is unique and different,” Eck said. “[They have] warps, they age, so it makes it sometimes difficult to build it, but it makes a very cool and unique piece of furniture when its done."
Davis said after they disassemble the pallets, they take the nails out by hammering them through the wood and then pulling them out. She said that is the most the work. Then the duo sands and stains the wood until you have a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture.
"We’re really enjoying it. it couldn’t be funner, just to do this,” Eck said.
"We’re excited that other people are interested in what we do,” Davis said.
But their main mission is giving these pallets that were heading to the dump a new purpose.
“Taking something that was old and giving it a new life and a new reason to be there,” Davis said.
And finding a new home in the middle of your living room.
Georgia Pallet also sells wine racks and handmade signs. Prices range from $75 to $250. So far, they have sold several tables and items to people all across the country.
Davis and Eck are also very excited about their first local order. They are building tables for the new beer garden and tap room at the Macon Beer Company.