This pallet caught my eye, as it had a bit of a different color to it than the other pallets you see so often.
After a quick spot sanding (I now keep 80 through 320 grit in my backpack for times such as these), I confirmed it was indeed solid freakin oak. Sad that it was getting tossed…
Since it was going to the landfill, I carried it instead back to behind our companies parking lot until I can bring my pallet demolition tools to bear upon it.
I would like to find a use for this in a workbench build, Oak is much sturdier than pine/fir.
But I figure no matter what I use it for, the tree felled to produce this lumber will be much better served as a useful piece of furniture than as firewood/compost.
-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#