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01-14-2012 12:42 AM

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I have found out that using old pallets are just as good as any wood to do projects. I have made some nice projects from recycled wood. All it takes is the desire to keep woodworking. Projects built from old pallets chairs, shelving, inexpensive work benches, you name it if it can be built you can accomplish it from an old used pallet just as long as it isnt greasy or just so badly beaten an battered. Tearing them apart & taking nails out is the hard part, but its free an if its free its for me I always say. :) Good Luck all

-- Warren, Cambridge,OH.

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 02:02 AM

Very nice work. I’ve done that it’s a lot of work tearing them pallets up but it’s worth every minute of it. Nice looking shop also.

-- DeputyDawg

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#2 posted 01-14-2012 02:30 AM

I was tearing up a pallet that was made of oak and it was very dry. The nails were very difficult to pull out, and in frustration, I began beating on the pallet with the hammer. A sliver broke loose, and 4 stitches in my left eye later, I threw the rest of the pallet on the burn pile. There is wood in pallet, but it is a lot of work to reclaim it.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#3 posted 01-14-2012 02:34 AM

a lot of work, but worth it

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#4 posted 01-14-2012 03:38 AM

I agree. The birdhouses I made were from pallets I got at work. I just finished a weight rack using pallet lumber. I’ll post it soon.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#5 posted 01-14-2012 08:11 AM

I’ve gotten some of my nicest red oak ever from pallets, 6 pieces that were each 8-9” wide, 1.25” thick and 32” between the nail holes. One circular saw later I didn’t need to bother pulling nails. I’ve also gotten 1.5” thick cherry and maple from pallets.

-- A posse ad esse

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#6 posted 01-14-2012 09:52 AM

I use to use the crate wood that was used to send marble over from brazil. You would not believe the types of woods they use for regular crate work. I’m talking rose woods or their related species. My dining table I built from this. Also while in Belize I would dive and find the cut offs from the pier building that was extremely dense wood. Even after drying it would sink. Any way check out any local marble places for amazing pallet wood. Also though on this note I have found very odd bugs in this stuff. Just to say I find it odd that there are some many restrictions on importing potential biological contaminates in the crated goods but not the crates themselves.

-- ego sum quis ego sum

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#7 posted 01-14-2012 02:42 PM

In early 2000 we imported plane loads of Breeding Pigs from Denmark, they made little barn shaped crates to fit contour of plane to haul the animals. WE WERE NOT ALLOWED to even take crates from Airport, they were burnt right there !The animals were put directly into semi trucks at the airport and quarantined for 30 days.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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