This used to be a pallet

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My wife is and Interior Designer and is big into the reclaimed wood, rustic look, pallet culture.

When we decided to redo out kitchen and remove two 30 inch overhead cabinets, she decided to turn those cabinets into a buffet. We all know wall cabinets don’t have tops and she needed a top.

And here’s where the pallet reclaimed wood comes in.

She’s tickled pink.

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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#1 posted 05-26-2017 01:59 PM


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#2 posted 05-26-2017 02:05 PM

I always wondered about that, is that a real bear to deal with? I like the fact that pallets can be acquired for cheap or even free but one guy once told me that by the time you break them down and utilize them, the labor and material cost to do so, out ways the benefit. He said its just cheaper to buy ready to use cheap wood. Is that true? What do you think about that, if I may ask?

BTW…..Beautiful work!

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#3 posted 05-26-2017 04:04 PM

Thanks Finnegan!

True, pallets are easy to obtain, and Lord knows there are literally tons of them on Craigslist. The time invested in hunting them down, getting them home and then then tearing them apart, and removing the nails can be high. I usually try to break down pallets in mass to maximize my build times. Most pallet wood is dry and already milled straight and around 1/2 to an inch thick depending on the initial task for the pallet. I equate time breaking pallets down with the time to mill a log into boards, if you’re into that kind of thing.

If time is money then I would not really think that reclaimed wood is worth it. Premilled, clean lumber is probably the way to go and you get longer lengths. It’s probably cheaper, with less waste wood.

However, what you don’t get with premilled lumber is that aged silvered look that reclaimed lumber has. Reclaimed lumber has a story to tell with all the holes and battle scars.

Now in my project, all the boards that came off the pallet were painted orange and blue so there was no silvering of the wood. But when you start stripping away those coatings, it’s like Christmas finding out what kind of woods were used to build that pallet. I’ve pulled maple, hickory, oak, lots of pine, cherry, poplar, and other species I can’t identify off pallets.

It’s a lot of fun, it’s a lot of work, but it keeps the wife happy and it leads to expansion of the tool collection if I determine there is something out there that will make a project nicer. In the not too distant future, these pallets are going to lead to a better table saw. She’s already signed on to that acquisition. :) There is probably a thickness planer in the works too.

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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#4 posted 05-26-2017 04:18 PM

Looks good. To Finnegan, exactly what Michaeldarnold said, if time is money and production time is a concern steer clear, but….it’s pretty cool if you don’t mind putting in the time an extra work.

-- Ted

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#5 posted 05-27-2017 12:40 PM

Reclaimed pallet or barn boards or whatever…..just nice to see it being re-uesd rather than burned 1
Lumber comes from trees.
So if it was cut 100 years ago and used to build a barn, shed, or pallet it is lumber now !
Keep building

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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