If you're the type who enjoys decorating your home with one-of-a-kind furnishings, you'll be glad to know that there are plenty of options to consider. All you need are safe, recyclable materials and some ingenuity. An example of such material is a wooden pallet—those stackable wooden structures used to transport goods, often moved using a pallet jack or forklift. Shipping pallets are typically made from hardwood (oak, mahogany, hickory) or softwood (pine). The lumber used for pallets, regardless of the type of wood, are by-products of trees harvested to produce furniture, grade lumber, and paper, as well as veneer production.