I had to chuckle at your pink boxes... I got the same color when I bought my paint (I bought the first color mis-match I came accross since they are so cheap and it happened to be that same color). I am thinking about nicknaming my pink hives "the pink ladies".I've designed 4 way screened bottom board pallets http://www.windmillhillfarmstore.com/catalog.php/donragan/dt68862/pd1789150/Pallet__screened_bottom. All wood is of standard off the shelf dimension (cheap). I've plans if anyone wants to build their own.
Haven't had my own long enuf to notice rot, but other folks that I have seen, the 1 by 3 stringers on the bottom rot or get broke before much else goes bad or needs repair.Want to bring this back up, what sort of lifespan do you get out of a pallet? Also what rots first the bottom or the ply? I want to make some 4 ways and need to decide on what materials to use.