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08-10-2011 03:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pallet wood recycle

I’m sitting on a few pallets from equipment deliveries, and I’d like to do something with the wood besides tossing it away, so…

Show me what you have done with pallet wood! Inspire me!

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#1 posted 08-10-2011 04:58 PM

There are a number of projects that have pallet as the tag, thats a good beginning…. not everyone (myself included) adds pallet to the tag.. picture 5 of project 50296 shows a box I made from a pallet. I choose to leave evidence of the pallet in the project to remind me where it came from. Let your imagination run with it. Also check your phone book for pallet builders/rebuilders, you may be able to get wood thats not nailed to anything.

-- Wilson

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#2 posted 08-10-2011 05:12 PM

Not all pallets are the same… I only used hardwood pallets, and am not sure I would keep on doing so considering some might have chemicals in them. BUT since you asked I made this from pallet wood:

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#3 posted 08-10-2011 05:18 PM

Nice work guys, you’d never know that the mallet or box were from pallet wood. I guess identifying the species I have would be a good first step.

Any pictures of your bench cr1?

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#4 posted 08-16-2011 01:04 PM

I find that often the wood is very poor quality, full of knots, nails, and cracks. I try to re-use most of it though – even it’s just as a ledger board to hold up a shelf in the garage. However, I’ve salvaged some nice sheet stock from various pallets. I bought two small vanities from that came on some 1/2” particle board that I re-used as the walls inside my router table – to separate the router chamber from the drawers and keep chips out of the drawers. My table saw came on a pallet with two large 3” x 5” skid blocks under it. I ran them through the jointer and re-purposed them as a large door sill where I had a 2 1/2” drop. Another vanity came with a sheet of 3/8” masonite that measured 22” x 60”. Used that as drawer bottoms in another project – made really solid bottoms with no sagging.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#5 posted 08-16-2011 02:11 PM

Just to mention a couple, my first workbench was made from oak pallet wood 4×4s and more reciently I made a garden area fence out of them. I didn’t want to spend good money on good material for the fence so I used pallet wood.

I know its crooked I built it that way to look like it had been there for years. Yes on purpose.

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#6 posted 08-16-2011 02:36 PM

Do crates count? My bandsaw guards

The frames were made from Beech reclaimed from palllets; the 1/4” plywood on the faces came from crates that were shipped to my company from Singapore.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#7 posted 08-16-2011 02:49 PM

Now that I have the saw off my pallet and I can take a better look at it, it’s not good news. Very poor looking wood.

Still, I’m committed to doing something productive with it!

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#9 posted 08-18-2011 11:36 PM

Donate them to the local CSA, which uses them to make planter boxes for square foot gardening, and lays them down for walkways between the plants.

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#10 posted 08-18-2011 11:46 PM

I do not have picture but I made many things from pallets wood (in fact look on my page the small desk I made for my wife laptop, it is made of pallet wood
I just finished a few minutes ago a low assembly table for my shop made at 80% of pallet wood.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 08-18-2011 11:50 PM

Check out my projects !!!

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

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#12 posted 08-19-2011 12:04 AM I built it out of an old cedar deck thats been stained and painted over time

-- M.K.

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#13 posted 08-19-2011 02:35 PM

I build my wife flower pots from it. MLCS has a great set of router bits for this.

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#14 posted 08-19-2011 03:08 PM

I am just Kidding with the photo.With all seriousness I think for me it is just too risky using pallet for thees reasons.No matter how well you get rid all the nails there is always one you miss.Most of the wood but not all is hart wood witch is extremly hard and can be real rough on blades motors etc.The outher issue with hart wood is that it is a lot less stable than regular lumber it is pron to checking and movement, so when you have spent all your time making a silver purse out of a sous ear it all may be for nauat when your hard work cracks checks and swells.
I am not saying that all pallet wood is bound for the fire but I would think real hard about what you make out this resource and what tools you are willing to use to work this w

ood.”A penny wise a pound foolish.”

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#15 posted 08-20-2011 12:55 PM

You can never what you can do with pallet wood. A friend of mine saved me a pallet that he got in his plant and was about to throw it away but noticed that it had some unusual looking wood and ask if I wanted it. With all the nail holes I decided to make a small round table top. I have no ideal what kind of wood it is but it had some pretty amazing grain for a table. I gave it to his wife for a Christmas present. She was very pleased.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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