Reclaimed Glory #12: This Oak Pallet is rough around the edges, like me!

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Blog entry by palaswood posted 09-30-2013 07:27 PM 1430 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This pallet caught my eye, as it had a bit of a different color to it than the other pallets you see so often.

After a quick spot sanding (I now keep 80 through 320 grit in my backpack for times such as these), I confirmed it was indeed solid freakin oak. Sad that it was getting tossed…

Since it was going to the landfill, I carried it instead back to behind our companies parking lot until I can bring my pallet demolition tools to bear upon it.

I would like to find a use for this in a workbench build, Oak is much sturdier than pine/fir.
But I figure no matter what I use it for, the tree felled to produce this lumber will be much better served as a useful piece of furniture than as firewood/compost.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#1 posted 09-30-2013 07:28 PM

Nice save…

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#2 posted 10-01-2013 01:12 AM

Nice. My dad brought a pallet to me last time they came up from Louisiana to visit that I’m pretty sure is oak. Some of the boards even look quarter-sawn. I didn’t realize it was oak until later on when I was moving it and I noticed what looked like the ray fleck you see in quarter-sawn oak. Needless to say, I was pretty happy about it. I don’t know yet what I’ll use it for.

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#3 posted 10-01-2013 04:49 PM

I totally know what you mean. Once you see that grain pattern, you stop and you’re like “wait a second”...

I was stoked to find it. I’m thinking what I want to make with it. It’s cool since its totally free, that I can use a cool wood like oak for something whimsical and if it doesn’t turn out great, so what. I learned from the experience anyway.

Probably something for the shop, idk.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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