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Forum topic by MarkCh posted 08-29-2021 09:17 PM 654 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MarkCh

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08-29-2021 09:17 PM

For the first time I found a white oak pallet being discarded. Both the supports (5/4) and slats (thin). My disposable planer knives were looking for a swansong anyway. Not really going anywhere with this post, other than after a while of seeing only totally destroyed fir pallets everywhere I figured hardwood were the lore from youtube videos. This was used to ship scientific equipment outside my office, so I think the more valuable the cargo, the more likely to be new and decent stock.


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#1 posted 08-29-2021 09:30 PM

Beware of stout pallets that hold cement and tile who’s dust hate planer blades.

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#2 posted 08-29-2021 10:46 PM

Definitely.

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#3 posted 08-30-2021 01:23 PM

Good luck pulling the nails. Many are spiral shank. Pallets make good firewood.

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#4 posted 08-30-2021 01:27 PM

Always great to get free wood, but also a good time for a metal detector to make sure you don’t get yourself some free maintenance issues. Remember all of the tools are woodworking tools, not necessarily any good at metal working.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 08-30-2021 01:37 PM

I used a white oak pallet to make some really nice mallets. But yes,those spiral shank nails are a bear. luckily I keep an old red freud TS blade handy for demo work. it makes short music of nails and I couldn’t car less about it.

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#6 posted 08-30-2021 01:40 PM

Why does he need to pull the nails?
Just sand it down to 8k grit French polish it and hang it on the wall. :)

-- Aj

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#7 posted 08-30-2021 03:11 PM

I have had a lot of luck with equipment skids that are made specifically for each piece of equipment. I even got some hard maple 6ft full dimension 2×6” boards from a large skid from Japan. “Rustic” with some big checks, but huge amounts of good wood. Problem is finding where that kind of thing is available.

I have also had good luck with vice grips (instead of a Bridgeport puller). I remove the thin slats (usually useless) then grab the 3/4” of nail at the base and cam it over, sometimes I tap the grips with a mallet. Even the spiral nails come out almost every time. Some body knuckles tho.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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therealSteveN

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#8 posted 08-30-2021 03:43 PM

When I encounter nails that need to be pulled I use on of these. If I can get any part of the shank it’s pulled. Trim nails usually you just pull the head right through the trim, it sounds terrible, but it makes a smaller hole than pulling from the face, and never that bent over valley look you can get rocking something on the face.

Sweet tool, it’s earned it’s keep many times over.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 08-30-2021 05:11 PM

If you prefer red handles, a similar tool is available at Menards. I also use it to pull trim nails out through the back.

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drsurfrat

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#10 posted 08-30-2021 05:34 PM

That is much better than vice grips, which leave a narrow dent as it pivots.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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ibewjon

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#11 posted 08-30-2021 07:07 PM

The red handles are made by Crescent.

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#12 posted 08-31-2021 09:28 AM

I’ve never met a pallet that I would crawl into bed with.

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#13 posted 08-31-2021 12:55 PM

a couple years ago I played around with a few pallets – what a PIA ! there’s TOO much wood on CL at pretty good prices but you may have to drive to get it and you don’t need a metal detector unless you get shot imbedded 20 or 30 years ago in the tree.
I just bought 500bdft of walnut for .90 cents bdft. It’s out there – - -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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MarkCh

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#14 posted 08-31-2021 01:01 PM

Yeah I bet this will be my first and last foray. I feel pressure to not let this slow growing material not to waste. I used the crescent nail pullers to clean some oak stair treads that turned into nightstands. That was about 60bf of 5/4 oak for ~20 on CL

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drsurfrat

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#15 posted 08-31-2021 02:21 PM

I don’t touch standard pallets either, but equipment skids are an entirely different animal.They are often bolted together w no nails, and have significantly thicker wood.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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