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Blog entry by eff posted 02-15-2013 01:41 AM 1332 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch


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#1 posted 02-15-2013 01:47 AM

Double and triple check for nails and staples. And then, enjoy!

If you can joint (make flat and true) faces, glue-ups will give you thicker stock. Pick something you’d like to get out of it (project) and try to make it happen!

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#2 posted 02-15-2013 02:52 AM

I’ve been dying to find out for myself what can be done with pallet wood, and at what cost. Is it oak? How thick are the slats before milling?

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#3 posted 02-15-2013 03:13 AM

Flyboy, small hint from my experience; look for a flatbed trucking company and as if they have any extra dunnage. Good odds on getting oak and minimal if any nails to pull.
Just my two cents

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#4 posted 02-15-2013 03:42 AM


You can make just about anything you like from recycled timber, beware ( as Smitty reported) of foreign objects both magnetic and non magnetic, embedded stones and the like.
If you have a jointer and a table saw or similar thats all you will need to make useable timber.

I frequently “raid” skips from kitchen manufacturers, or any establishment working with wood or other products
there is off cuts of perspex, ceaser stone, laminex MDF and HDF, patricle Board (throw it back in) and other items which may be of use. My local welder supplier always welcomes me collecting pallets so there is a general acceptance of” Bin Diving” as long as you do not make a mess.

I found a folding leaf table and rebuilt the water damaged particle board top and replaced it with shipping crate pine then used it as a garden table.

Be aware though its not a very profitable style of work in resale value, as the work involved to rebirth the timber is quite time consuming and requires addition machinery and then if there is a foreign object found it totals blades instantly.

I think I have a few posts referencing recycled material, you may wish to check them out.

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 02-15-2013 03:47 AM

I love recycled wood

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 02-15-2013 01:01 PM

Very cool. Lots of great info so far. I started out woodworking this way and eventually moved away from it. Love the idea of recycling lumber instead of throwing it out…and saving money is always a bonus.

In addition to nails/staples it’s a good idea to make sure there aren’t any rocks/sand/dirt embedded in the wood…free wood isn’t so free once it ruins a jointer/planer blade or dulls your table saw blade.

Also, be concious of where the wood is coming from. Some pallet wood is treated with not so friendly chemicals to keep critters from eating them.

With all that being said, there are several folks on this site that work exclusively with pallet wood. I think one of them is called Pallet Crafted. I’m sure they would be more than happy to share their techniques and experiences.

-- Steve

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