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Blog entry by Teri posted 2356 days ago 7263 reads 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, a few nights ago I stayed up until well after midnight to finish the rough in wiring and insulating of my shop. I was tired, but I went to bed with a great feeling of accomplishment. I’ve done everything myself so far, and as a female, and one that’s only 5 feet tall, I’m just pretty darned proud of myself. I knew nothing about wiring, but now that I’m done with it, I feel like I might even tackle a few of our simple in home wiring projects.

I want to thank all the Lumberjocks that have either welcomed me to this site, or encouraged me along the way. I’ve only been a Lumberjock for 9 days, but already I feel you all are a part of my life. This site has offered so much in the way of inspiration, advice, and most importantly motivation. The last step in completing my shop is to hang OSB on the walls (I have half of that done), and have the electrician bring the power from the house to my shop. Then its time to relax and do some real woodworking.

I do have one confession and frustration. I saw the best looking wood pallet (frugal rancher side of me) by a dumpster the other day. I stopped and picked it up thinking I would use the wood out of it for something. Have you ever tried to tear down a pallet? Holy crap … can you say ring-shank!

After breaking one board into pieces trying to get it loose, I ran to the house to do a Google search on reusing pallets (all kinds of “green” sites out there on this one). In my search I came across all kinds of advice from drilling with a hole saw to cutting through the nails. But, the one I saw that made the most sense to me, drill through the head of the nail, looked like the way to go. So, with drill in hand and a few sheetmetal drill bits, away I went. It worked perfectly! This is the first and last pallet I will “repurpose” ... way too much work for what I got out of it. Let me know if you all know of a better way to do this.

Seems this blog is just a bunch of rambling tonight, but that’s the kind of night I’m having :)

-- Teri, Kokomo, IN



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matter

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#1 posted 2356 days ago

I get pallets from the import motorcycle dealers. All kinds of cool lumber, not that I can identify most of it.

Most of them seem to be stapled together.

-- The only easy wood project is a fire

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matter

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#2 posted 2356 days ago

Oh, and rambling is good- gets the clutter out ;)

-- The only easy wood project is a fire

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Tomcat1066

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#3 posted 2356 days ago

I’d planned to do the same thing. However, I reached the conclusion that it wasn’t worth the effort a bit faster. I just skipped the Google step :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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FrankA

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#4 posted 2356 days ago

I have reused palets and crates many times I hasve found it easier just to grab the sawzall cut out the good wood and throw the rest in the firewood pile. Those nails can be a bugger to get out. Also when using scavanged wood the stray nail can put a hurtting on a saw blade. Be carefull.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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Teri

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#5 posted 2356 days ago

That would definitely be easier to do it that way. I thought about it but then I felt guilty about throwing any of the wood away :)

-- Teri, Kokomo, IN

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 2356 days ago

I am familiar with the long nights of working on the shop by myself. Even with experience it is a lot of work. It is part of construction. It definitely is a luxury and a blessing to have help.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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BarryW

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#7 posted 2356 days ago

Yeah, I have lots of pallets…mostly to hold my other raw wood off the ground…and I did the same thing with a piano…I won’t tear apart old dried-out, busted-up pianos for the wood ever again…way too much work. Also it helps to have a metal detector…the one I bought at the suggestion of the company also goes deep into trees I’m thinking of cutting up for firewood or lumber. Nothing like a nail or a bullet to ruin one’s day…not to mention dull or destroy a good tool or saw chain.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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FrankA

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#8 posted 2356 days ago

Ah bullets! I have a slab of maple with half a miniball in it, someday I will use it in a project, maybe a gun case.
Luckily old lead is not to hard on a saw blade.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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Scott

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#9 posted 2355 days ago

Hello Teri

I have used pallets in the past. I use a sawall to cut the nail and remove them in two parts. Most pallets are low quality common wood. I have found some really nice wood in pallet that have come from other countries. I am always looking where the product has come from.

-- Scott, Kentucky ----- "Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry" Mark Twain

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Bulldog

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#10 posted 2355 days ago

Talk about memories: After the W.W.II my dad and I built two houses in the desert from a Marine base dump. We hauled pallets home. I took them apart. If you’re alert you can get good scrap wood from a glass or sign company. Companies in the southeast and northeast use long pieces of new wood for the crates. Worth the effort. Diesel engines from Japan come in full-sided crates. Some of the wood is useful – with a reciprocating saw and “Destruction blade”. Here in California you have to watch out for barbed wire embedded in tree trunks. Good hunting.

-- Bulldog

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Kipster

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#11 posted 2353 days ago

Hello Teri

I was born and raised in Des Moines. I left about 30 yrs. ago. I lived on the west side. Still have a sister there.
Small world.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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8iowa

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#12 posted 2353 days ago

Hello Teri:

I’m originally from Richmond. Last summer I built a 24’x28 workshop in the U.P. It has a gambrel roof which gives me loft space to dry wood. I also used OSB on the walls and ceiling and then filled in the seams with Elmers wood putty. This gave me a lot of tedious sanding to do. However, the hardest job was painting the OSB. It took three coats in order to finally get paint into all the small areas of this rough surface. Now that it is done it looks great. None-the-less, if I had it to do over I would have used plywood.

Tip: be sure to use the new type electronic ballast fluorescent lights in your new shop.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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jmings

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#13 posted 2335 days ago

I have used a variety of tools and techniques for recovering wood from pallets.
1) See http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZstrangers_with_candy. Yes, I paid and while the idea is obvious (D’OH) and OK for firewood, it does leave the nails in and busts op the slats.
2) Dead On Exhumer Nail Puller – returned for money back – the edge rolled instead of biting in.

My technique right now is:

On the side with the fewest slats I use a demolition blade on my sawz-all knock-off to cut the slats flush with the beams.

I remove the nails from that side.

I use a mallet to loosen the end beams.

I pry off the slats from the end beams where possible. Otherwise I use the saw as before.

I can then use leverage to loosen the slats from the remaining center beam. and remove the nails.

I’m going to have to photo document this.

-- Jerry "The Dinosaur" Mings

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jmings

8 posts in 2411 days


#14 posted 2335 days ago

I have used a variety of tools and techniques for recovering wood from pallets.
1) See http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZstrangers_with_candy. Yes, I paid and while the idea is obvious (D’OH) and OK for firewood, it does leave the nails in and busts op the slats.
2) Dead On Exhumer Nail Puller – returned for money back – the edge rolled instead of biting in.

My technique right now is:

On the side with the fewest slats I use a demolition blade on my sawz-all knock-off to cut the slats flush with the beams.

I remove the nails from that side.

I use a mallet to loosen the end beams.

I pry off the slats from the end beams where possible. Otherwise I use the saw as before.

I can then use leverage to loosen the slats from the remaining center beam. and remove the nails.

I’m going to have to photo document this.

-- Jerry "The Dinosaur" Mings

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Obi

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#15 posted 2335 days ago

I cut up an oak pallet sanded it and at the end of the day had 10 pencil holders that I sold for $10 each.

I cut up a pine pallet and made picture frames out of it. They were to be painted black so it didnt matter if it had holes in it, knots or anything else. I simply filled the holes with sawdust and titebond II and sanded…viola.

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