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Forum topic by OleGrump posted 09-18-2019 05:37 PM 602 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2019 05:37 PM

the GOOD news, a local glass company received a large shipment, and has been giving away the wooden crates in a few sizes. Most common are 28” square and 50” X 28”. With 1 1/2 X full 9” sides. They leave em out back and anyone is welcome to come haul ‘em away. YAY! Some pretty decent pine and the odd other wood mixed in.
The bad news, the slats on one side of the crates are attached with those stupid staples. Kind of a PITA, but manageable. The slats on the OTHER side are attached with those damned ring shank nails. I’d love to castrate the demon SOB who invented THOSE things.
The only solution has been to cut the slats off with a reciprocating saw. The staple heads are then pried out. The sawn nail ends are then tapped back with nail set and pried out on the other side. This leaves the remainder of the nail in the thick side piece, which will just have to be ripped down smaller to be usable. What a waste.

Sorry for the rant about ring shank nails, but I’m sure many of you hate the damned things as much as I do. They might be good for building decks and outdoor stairs, but I wish to Hell they wouldn’t be used in crates and pallets.

-- OleGrump

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#1 posted 09-18-2019 05:43 PM

There is a good reason to use those hated fasteners on pallets. They can’t fall apart in use. I have used pallets previously, but I usually cut the slats at the cross supports.

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#2 posted 09-22-2019 01:39 AM

The primary purpose of any of the fasteners on the pallets is to hold them together for sure because they have a lot of value on them and don’t want to take any chances.. After they served their purpose, they could care less what happens to them. When using pallet lumber you have to be very sure you got all the fasteners out. One could take out your saw blade or if you have a Sawstop, your blade and the cartridge…for $150

Like Mr Ron says, take a circular saw and cut off all the slats and leave all the fasteners with the rest of the pallet.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-22-2019 12:09 PM

Oddly enough, only the smaller crates, (28” X 28” X 10”) are held together with ring shank nails. The side slats were cut off with a reciprocating saw. The remaining heads knocked out with a nail set. (The 2 X 9 bottoms discarded, being full of nails) The larger crates (46” X 36”) are held together with common nails, so disassembling them has been rather easier.
I’ve left the pallets where they were, as I’ve been getting plenty of usable lumber from the crates. On those occasions when I do repurpose pallet wood, the reciprocating saw is THE tool of choice. Each piece is then inspected for additional nails, staples, etc, before being put to use.

-- OleGrump

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