Pallets beware

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Blog entry by jumbojack posted 03-07-2012 01:57 AM 12344 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I casually mentioned the need for a tool to dismantle pallets to a vendor today. He called an hour ago, asking me to come over to his house. He presented me this finely made fork.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#1 posted 03-07-2012 02:04 AM

Cool toy! Is is just that I’m only noticing it just now, or has LJs suddenly developed pallet fever? There are three pallet related projects/blogs on the front page at the moment. Pallet power!

-- Jesse --

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#2 posted 03-07-2012 02:12 AM

I think we’re just cheap – pallets = free wood :)

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#3 posted 03-07-2012 02:15 AM

It’s not just the current front page, I’ve seen several pallet related posts make top 3 or top 15 in the past week. I like to think it means more people are starting to upcycle :) Of course, perhaps it means the economy stinks :(

-- Jesse --

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#4 posted 03-07-2012 02:24 AM

I love pallet wood. I work in a warehouse and see hundreds a day. I look at most of them. It just took so long to get a single board from a pallet. I only select riff or quarter sawn clean boards. This jewelry box was made from pallets. Except for the ply top and bottom it is all pallet wood.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#5 posted 03-07-2012 02:25 AM

Nice job! I’m sure it works well.

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#6 posted 03-07-2012 02:35 AM

Good tool. I saw a video that someone made something like this

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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#7 posted 03-07-2012 06:59 AM

I too have noticed a lot of pallet projects lately. Every time I see one I think, “what a hassle”. The last time I did battle with a couple of pallets, I said never again. Your tool might even up the odds…............

-- mike...............

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#8 posted 05-03-2012 06:16 AM

Very coll idea for a tool, i just might copy that. Thanks for psosting

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#9 posted 03-27-2015 02:40 AM

I’ve been working with pallets now for just a few months. I wound up at that Izzy fellow’s site, and saw his homemade pallet tool. So I made one, and it just didn’t work all that well: too clumsy. So I began looking around and comparing which I thought was the best out there. There were several I liked, and the better ones has their ‘tilt’ point as small and low as possible. That way the forks could seat themselves as lower before prying. This would allow a more even force applied to the board, which would cut down on the number of cracked boards.

I finally settled for a [url=]Pallet Paw, the ‘standard one’.[/url] They sold a ‘delux’ one, but the nail puller holes would never really be used, especially if you also carry a Wonder Bar with you. The last one was a double tool, with one end for a standard 2” wide opening and the other end having a 4” wide opening. But I didn’t order it, because the tool would not be in balance.

LJ’s pallet tool is the wider one, and can handle both widths, but the wide tool is not as efficient for the 2” boards as a more narrow opening between prongs. I really “can go to town” with that Pallet Paw, now that I have learned a few little tricks. But I still need a wide opening for all the 4×4 base lumber. In the meantime I am using my Wonder Bar for that. I just wish those pallet rebuilder folks would stop disassembling pallets by using a sawzal. I have to use a magnet to look for stray nail parts, because I need to run the boards through my thickness planer, in order to simulate plaster lath, for all my inlays.

-- Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil - Thomas Mann

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