Flattening pallet stock

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Forum topic by fonzie posted 08-15-2012 02:14 AM 1484 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2012 02:14 AM

Topic tags/keywords: flatten true plane joint pallet question milling joining

Hi there,

This weekend I’m planning on cleaning up some pallet wood to be used for a bench and table. The only bench planes I have are a number 3, 4 and 5. I’ve also got a chop saw and a random orbital sander. How would you all suggest I flatten and true this stock for use? Should I add a scrub plane or a longer jointer like a #7 or 8?



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#1 posted 08-15-2012 04:40 AM

I think you should be able to get the stock face jointed flat enough for your projects with the current planes in your arsenal. If you plan on using the planes to edge joint the boards as well, then it depends on how long your joints will be. A number 5 should be adequate for edge jointing up to a couple feet, but much beyond that and I would look for a #7. A #8 would be better in theory, but that size is too unruly for me.

Good luck with your project. You are an ambitious man!

-- Paul Mayer,

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#2 posted 08-15-2012 12:20 PM

If you work with pallets, you might want a metal detector. I have this one:

Or , you can do like I did and find nails with your jointer.

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#3 posted 08-15-2012 02:15 PM

Thanks for the replies. Paul, I am planning on edge jointing the boards (about 4’ long) for a table top, so I will go ahead and look into a #7. hairy, good call on the metal detector. Hope your jointer is doing alright…

Any suggestions on sealing this well to prevent any chemicals that may have spilled onto the pallets from leaching out?

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