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12-12-2010 09:55 PM

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If people would take the time to visit in back of those large stores like Wal-Mart, Home Depot even grocery stores you can pickup some pallets that they throw away and sometime you can fine some very nice wood.

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#1 posted 12-12-2010 10:07 PM

I have made many things from pallets. However, just be careful what you make from them. A lot of pallets have been sprayed with chemicals, so I don’t use them for anything around kids or for anything used around food.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#2 posted 12-12-2010 10:08 PM

yea finding some wood like that would be a good score gmman, but i was thinking of maybe the big bags of fried chicken i have seen them bag up and throw away….but i cant talk about chiken as i might high jack the thread…and for that i would be a real turkey…ooopppssss…food again….i dont want gmman to have a beef with me….ooopppsss…food again… just being a real hot dog here…ooopppsss…ok…i have seen some good oak and even some mahogany come from some pallets…just cut out the small area where the nails are…plane it and joint it …and you have some nice wood…maybe enough to make some small andy type boxes…hope your feeling better gmman…hope your smiling again….:)))

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 12-12-2010 10:24 PM

Feeling better now all buried and have to think ahead thanks grizz.
I have found some boards in pallets that are wood from another country” I think” it is pink in color.
Also I saved enough wood to do all my porch railing and have some to redo all of my steps in the future.
Around 50’ of rallings.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 12-13-2010 12:37 AM

My Son installs flooring, & he dropped off the pallet boards that an order of Brazilian Cherry.
They were 8’ long, but kind of twisted. I plan to cut out the twisted portions, & use it for smaller projects.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 12-13-2010 04:45 AM

Watch the moisture content in pellet wood some of them are nearly green

-- wchips

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#6 posted 12-13-2010 05:15 AM

Made some nice stuff from blocking lumber that we get in at work. Just salvaged some pretty nice cherry 10’ long 3×4’s!

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#7 posted 12-13-2010 08:59 AM

Wish I could find some nice cherry pallet boards up here. So far nothing but nondescript scrap oak. (sigh)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#8 posted 12-13-2010 11:27 PM

wchips I always use my moisture meter on any wood I will use for a project.

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#9 posted 12-13-2010 11:39 PM

I am always looking for wood that I can reclaim and use… There is a cabinet shop just a few miles from my house that gets rid of a few 5 gallon bins of cut offs a week. I picked up 4 of the 5 gallon bins about a month ago and have just now gone through them all… There was a lot of short maple and cherry boards which I will use in small projects. I also found some really nice curly maple cut offs which also will work great for small projects… The damaged boards also serve well in the wood stove… I am getting ready to pick up a few more 5 gallon buckets soon.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#10 posted 12-14-2010 12:13 AM

Check out tractor Stores, Auto Dealers, Factories.

I Get mine at work So Far – Mahogny, Cherry, Oak, Aspen, Pine, Poplar, Cottonwood, & some Unknowns

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#11 posted 12-14-2010 12:28 AM

I had an old friend in Idaho who collected pallets, some big ones from glass shops. He actally built a nice cabin virtually from pallets. He dismantled and stacked in an old hay shed until he had enough to start. It wasn’t a luxury cabin but was sturdy and well constructed. Of coarse he had to buy insulation and some sheetrock. I think he even scavenged most of the electrical and plumbing.


-- Flying MLB *** A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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#12 posted 12-14-2010 06:47 AM

Yea I found a place that just wanted to get rid of some of thier pallets but then I had to go out and buy a thicknesser to clean them all up – oh what a shame had to buy a new tool!!! :-)

-- Theresa,

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#13 posted 12-14-2010 04:32 PM

Our elementary school put in a new play ground this past summer. I grabbed the pallets that all the equipment was shipped on. Had 3 that were nearly 14’ long. They each had 6 2×4’s that I cut down to 12’ So I came away with some pretty good building material.

I know of a few places that burn there old pallets. Think I’ll start picking them up. I’m not very good at identifying what wood is what but I’ll grab them anyway.

-- Jeff, Look with hope to the horizon of today, for today is all we truly have.

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