I started my desire for working wood with some pallets that I reclaimed. They were in pretty rough shape but have still been able to make them into nice pieces. So far all the wood I’ve reclaimed has been old pallets.
Over the last week I noticed a large pile of wood behind a local manufacturing business. I only noticed it because my favorite hydroplance boat was parked back there… Miss Madison. Anyhow… I’ve been passing it every day and finally called about it yesterday. It was far enough off the road that I really couldn’t see what all was there. I had no idea if there was anything of value. I called and was put in contact with a man named Charlie. He asked me to stop by and he’d show me what he was willing to let me have and what I couldn’t take. What I was most excited about was all the wood that I found that was already dismantled. I’ve dismantled quite a few pallets before and it was very time consuming. But what I found was lots of boards that had already been taken apart. I started loading up. Then I found some old fencing. Here is what I’ve got so far. And I only scratched the surface.
All I had to do for these boards is remove some nails. Some of the boards had some staples in them that I had a hard time getting out so I just got my circular saw out and cut those parts out.
With these fence pieces I plan on reusing them to fence around my pallet stack. Behind my garage there is an area where I stack any pallets and such that I collect. I’m going to use these to enclose the area so that it is hidden from the road, neighbors and not accessible to the kids.
There is so much more where this came from. The wood in the picture is only the boards that were already dismantled. I found two very large shipping pallets all of 2×4 that had surprisingly very few nails in them. Lots of good wood even if I just cut the boards. I found some very nice pallets made of different wood. I don’t know what kind but I can tell they aren’t pine.
You can’t really tell from the pile… there is so much stuff on the sides, under, behind…. this pile is bigger than it looks. It’s very deep. It’s about two car lengths back.
This pile is this business’ “burn pile”. i don’t know how often they burn it but it is filled up quite often. I could get quite a bit of reclaimed wood from here. All I would need. I wouldn’t be able to use it up quick enough. LOL… too much wood…? Is there such a thing? i think that would be too awesome.
So… it’s time for me to get out there and start making something. What shall I work on today?