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Okie dokie

I got some more pallets and I want to start breaking them down to do things with them. Obviously I can’t run them thru my planer without getting the nails out but thats where my problems begin. When I did my chicken coop I ended up giving up on using the pallets because I just couldn’t get them apart without lots of work and most of the time breaking the boards in the process. It seems the nails holding pallets together actually hold very well LOL. I’m thinking of using a saws-all to cut the end 2×4’s away then I only need to detach the middle one, this should let me keep the length for the most part. Any suggestions to make the process go faster…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug



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mafe

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#1 posted 1386 days ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtPmUZ-k3aI
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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mcoyfrog

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#2 posted 1386 days ago

WOW thanks Mads thats a cool vid, but alas my pallets aren’t that type, I think I can adapt the technique to mine but the wood in mine is pretty thin on some of the pallets and just breaks up with the smallest amount of force. As for the rest of them I’ll adapt and move forward LOL… Thanks again

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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HokieMojo

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#3 posted 1386 days ago

what about using a hole saw (smallest you can find) without the centering drill bit to cut a hole around the nail? I’m not sure what use you are planning for the material. It might remove too much wood for your tastes.

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 1386 days ago

The nails are normally ring nails.
A nail puller does them easily.
Most companies have them in their goods receiving.
See if you can try one.
They go cheap on eBay.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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wiswood2

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#5 posted 1386 days ago

I cut off the nail between the board and the 2×4 and punch out the rest works great .
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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dfdye

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#6 posted 1386 days ago

Ring shank nails are awesome until you try and get them out!

I just broke down some walnut and cherry pallets and used a circular saw to cut out the “surface” boards from the 2X4’s underneath. I have found this to be the quickest way to break down pallets, though I will be using the wood for small boxes, so the loss of length doesn’t matter much to me. The reciprocating saw will definitely work, but I always seem to break boards if I use one (which really is my fault since I typically cut perpendicular to the board rather than putting the saw on an angle to minimize the stress to the board). I personally don’t find the time I spend pulling nails from the larger boards worth it, especially since I just use pallet wood for small projects, so there is some waste with my method. Still, I get a good bit of 3/8” or 1/4” stock from each pallet I break down, so I am rather happy.

Good luck whatever technique you end up using!

-- David from Indiana --

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BertFlores58

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#7 posted 1386 days ago

One of the best help is water…. Wet the pallet before dismantling. This will make the nail lubricated and will just slip off. The water will aid also for the pine not to crack because the wood surrounding the nail will be softened thereby isolating the crack if it will. However…. clamp those pieces when drying as there is a tendency to warp during drying….

-- Bert

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Houtje

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#8 posted 1386 days ago

I agry with Dixiemadewoodworks.
I use a lot of pallets and wish it was that easy as on the video.
Some will do but a lot of them are hard to break them down.
Firts make a small gap between the block and the plank with a crowbar
Using a all-saw with a metal cutting blade to cut the nails through and then
use a punch nail to remove them.
Good luck

Houtje

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PaBull

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#9 posted 1386 days ago

I don’t keep all the lumber, I only keep the darker colored boards. It is a mahogany type of a wood. My pallets come from Costa Rica and Taiwan, with plant material. Anybody close to San Marcos, California, is welcome to come and get all they want,
I have more than I can use.

Send me a pm.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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mcoyfrog

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#10 posted 1384 days ago

PaBull Wow thats cool wish I lived near ya..

Thanks all for the ideas My first project is going to be small so I think I’m going to try Davids method first. When I get to the next couple projects I do want to save the length so I’m going to try all the other ideas…

Thanks again, happy woodworking….

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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PaBull

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#11 posted 1383 days ago

Mcoyfrog, if you pay for shipping, I’ll put it in the mail for you. Just tell me how much you want of the pallet wood.

Keep us posted on your pallet projects.

Be good, Pabull.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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dfdye

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#12 posted 1379 days ago

I love the “mahogany type of wood” comment!

I have a few random pallets from over-seas with “red-brown wood” that I have NO CLUE as to the actual species. Still, I don’t really mind since it machines quite nicely and it has a great color and grain. I guess that is one of the happy side-effects of working with reclaimed lumber!

-- David from Indiana --

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mcoyfrog

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#13 posted 1376 days ago

Pabull thanks for the offer I’ll keep it in mind…. and yes I’ll defiantly keep everyone in the loop so to say LOL

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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mcoyfrog

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#14 posted 1054 days ago

Just an update, I’ve come up with a quick way to break down the majority of my pallets at least a certain type of them and I built a very crude grain feeder for our cows I’ll get a pic up soon… then I’m off to make a few more for the horses b4 the rain comes….

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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briankatz

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#15 posted 912 days ago

Hey try this video “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKgSoKedbos&feature=fvwrel”
It will teach you the basics to deal with pallets.

Use an Herbal Incense to calm your mind.

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