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01-31-2017 12:23 AM

I saw this today and immediately added it to my to-NOT-do list.

I think it falls into the category of—Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

This is something where the “before” is far better than the “after”. I actually prefer the unadorned vertical furring.

Rant over. I’m feeling better now. :-)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#1 posted 01-31-2017 12:30 AM

Some people like the rustic look, I hate it personally. But I’d be concerned with chemical outgassing from the treated pallet wood.

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#2 posted 01-31-2017 01:29 AM

Looks more like Barn Wood to me…..

Some will go out and “harvest” an old, falling apart barn, just for the wood.

IF the customer wants Barn Wood, customer gets Barn Wood. They are the ones that have to look at it.

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#3 posted 01-31-2017 01:30 AM

It’s not even good rustic.
It looks like they installed five courses, decided it was a bad idea, and called it DONE.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#5 posted 01-31-2017 01:58 AM

Well I think it is pretty clear they weren’t finished but still not what I would want.

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#6 posted 01-31-2017 02:13 AM

I’d say the pallet looked better before they ruined it.

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#7 posted 01-31-2017 02:23 AM

John in the time we live in with $3 2by4s, $35 t1-11 siding, two or three car payments plus house payments An kids needing braces an on an on, ppl just try to ad a touch of style to their house as cheap as they can. On the plus side think of how many pallets hav been saved from landfills cause folks use them now. There are jocks on here that have made some real nice looking pieces from pallet wood. Only bad thing I can see from it is that in my area ppl are now trying to sell the pallets. Some of them want $5 for an old pallet. Those ppl r the ines that are nuts

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#8 posted 01-31-2017 02:35 AM

I think it is a fad, Tijuana chic.

In ten years people will be asking “what slum did this come from?” or saying “this is a nice slum”.

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#9 posted 01-31-2017 02:45 AM

I had always though the idea was to use the wood and not let on where you got it without telling someone. Bearpaw gave me some and this is how that worked out. Much different than what we see currently.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 01-31-2017 02:49 AM

At least the pallet had a use before it was butchered.

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#11 posted 01-31-2017 02:51 AM

I’ve got to agree with you John. That is definitely on my not to do list. It’s kind of like some of those home improvement shows. Makes you wonder what in the world the were smoking when they came with that idea.

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#12 posted 01-31-2017 04:02 AM

Not good. I think they were smoking the pallet-wood saw dust. But then again it might be what they consider fine wood working.


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#13 posted 01-31-2017 05:12 AM

Too many pallets with unknown chemical spills for me to bring them indoors.

The people that bought my folks farm took one of the small barns down and used the siding inside the house. Dad always wondered if they cleaned the cow manure off? ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 01-31-2017 05:25 AM

John I gather from the forum title, that pallet wood has become unpalatable to you!
Well, I have to agree, somethings can be made out of pallet wood and some things should not!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#15 posted 01-31-2017 05:26 AM

While I do agree the project in the photo has “No” all over it, not everything pallet is bad. This is just one of many items I did back in the day. I even have a favorite out in the shop (waiting moving repair) that was a blue ribbon winner.

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