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Forum topic by PPBart posted 07-08-2019 03:58 PM 421 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-08-2019 03:58 PM

Who here recycles pallets into projects? I used to but turned away from it after ruining a few cutting edges on embedded bits of metal or stone. I’m tempted, though, to give it another try as a friend has offered me first shot at pallets (looks like some nice pieces) he gets at his business.

-- PPBart

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#1 posted 07-08-2019 04:04 PM

Made a few when it was trendy a couple years ago, used old beater blade. But i’d rather not work with that treated wood, luckily the fad seems to have passed.

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#2 posted 07-08-2019 04:16 PM

Unfortunately the better grade pallet would is used for heavy stuff like concrete and tile which is no friend of blades. The other hazard is a missed nail. I have already decided that if I venture into reclaimed wood I am going to buy a handheld metal detector wand. One of my suppliers has hem for $60.00. It would also be a good idea to spray the pallet down to remove as much abrasive material as possible

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#3 posted 07-08-2019 04:33 PM

I have, and still do work with pallets, but I am extremely choosy about what I use.

This used to be a pallet.

I disassemble with a hand held circular saw, and scrutinize every square inch of the wood. Use a junk blade for roughing, and then once I’m satisfied with what I have, I’ll switch to my better blade.

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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#4 posted 07-08-2019 05:25 PM

I do, but as has been said, you have to be extremely diligent in finding hidden nails. I’ve thought I’ve gotten them all and then caught one in the planer. This is the primary reason why I went with a Cutech planer with the “spiral” blades…it’s easy and relatively cheap to swap out a single little square when I do miss a nail.

I use a “pallet buster” to break pallets down and then pound the nails out by hand. That’s the single most tedious task, as the pallet buster makes disassembly quick and easy.

I only use hardwood pallets, though I have used pine for shop shelves, etc.

I used to preserve the “character” of this reclaimed wood, but recently I’ve been milling it heavily until you wouldn’t know it’s from pallets, aside from the occasional nail hole.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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