I think I didn't realize that FREE pallets were going to be the worst kind of stuff available. Hitherto I'd seen tons of DIY projects building all kinds of great stuff, from pallets. Just Google it - some of the stuff looks great - it just hinges on not getting splintered, staple-filled, boogered and rotted pieces of crap.
Years ago, I had a similar plan for a cable spool used in construction, because I'd seen a DIY plan for a table. Those spools are HUGE. Any table I would have made would have filled the room.