One mans scrap.........

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Project by hunter71 posted 05-03-2010 02:37 PM 2026 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This entire set of cups [less 2] was made from a scrap hardwood pallet. The pallet had been used to ship tile in from what I was told was India. Alone it weighed 50+ pounds. There are yellow , red, and other colored woods in it. Sorry, I cannot identify them. Just that they are very hard and seem to have been nailed together by hand. [hammer marks] I cannot imagine driving a nail through one piece, let alone 2 pieces. They must use a backer to keep it from splitting. My point is this was in the trash on a work site ready to be burned. My treasure. The contractor will sure be surprised when I present him with a finished cup. Might even get some more saved out for me.
Picture #4 is what I was told is Black Locust. This was from the same site and again was being burned. The light colored cups are from it.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 05-03-2010 02:41 PM

Black locust is great stuff. I know of some fence posts that must be nearly 100 yrs old, still usefull, but do show a lot of age. Use it for outdoor furniture and your grandchildren will have an heirloom.

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#2 posted 05-03-2010 03:40 PM

Bet that cup given to the contractor gets you more wood.
Those came out great and its a nice reuse.
My projects use reclaimed wood as well it suits me just fine.
When I get a lathe, I’m going to try some of those.
Thanks for showing your work.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 05-03-2010 03:42 PM

Wish I could come across a pallet like that. Nice find.

-- Failure is the road to success if you learn to learn from your mistakes - Vince, Greenville, SC

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#4 posted 05-03-2010 03:46 PM

Great find!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 05-03-2010 05:30 PM

Verry,verry nice, Hunter.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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Monty Queen

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#6 posted 05-03-2010 06:07 PM

Hunter awesome job on those cups, i have done a few and they are fun to make. Great pile of wood.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Bob Kollman

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#7 posted 05-03-2010 09:12 PM

Great find, everything we get shipped at our work is packed in pine.
Great colors, I like the red (brown) ones on the right are really niice.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 05-03-2010 09:53 PM

Great bunch of cups, mugs, bowls or whatever you choose to call them, I really Like the ones with the bark on them. Very cool.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 05-03-2010 10:55 PM

Better than a great find, you also are chumming the wood waters for more wood….. Nice group!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#10 posted 05-04-2010 01:57 AM

These are beautiful looking. That’s a very nice pallet! Two weeks ago I also rescued a pallet from the trash, and made a bandsaw box. I just need to post the photos. Wonderful wood!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#11 posted 05-04-2010 10:08 AM

Cool use of the pallet wood. I’ve never tried to make anything like that with a lathe just yet. I just recently purchased a 4 jaw chuck so I’m going to be trying some stuff like this soon. FYI since you are close to Birmingham, AL, there is a company in this area that gives away pallets that they use in shipping big coils of steel. I will IM you with the information.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#12 posted 05-25-2010 11:45 PM

Hey, thats pretty cool. I imagine pallet wood is pretty hard wood. good job on recycling, and on well made cups there.

-- RStadler

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#13 posted 05-25-2010 11:47 PM

Very palatable. great find and super work

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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