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Project by EmeraldDragon posted 06-19-2012 04:13 PM 6004 views 3 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These reclaimed pallet boards will be transformed into a stand alone closet, a bathroom shelf, and a large computer desk. (Among many other small things.)

-- There are countless woodworking plans but have you checked out God's plan? Jeremiah 29:11





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JR_Dog

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#1 posted 06-19-2012 04:22 PM

Great work! How long did it take you to disassemble them and what did you use? Check out my tool I use to do this in my projects. So much good wood in pallets it’s great to see someone else enjoy it too. I look forward to seeing how those projects come out.

Thanks for sharing
-JR_Dog

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svenbecca

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#2 posted 06-19-2012 04:30 PM

I am thinking about starting this as well. Free is my favorite color.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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EmeraldDragon

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#3 posted 06-19-2012 04:35 PM

Free is a wonderful color, goes right along with my actual favorite color, green. :) I just use a prybar, hammer, and elbow grease. This is the result of about 30 pallets and 7 hours.

-- There are countless woodworking plans but have you checked out God's plan? Jeremiah 29:11

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EmeraldDragon

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#4 posted 06-19-2012 05:05 PM

I forgot to mention, when I reclaim these pallets, I am also able to reclaim hundreds of straight rustic nails that go perfect with the building material and style.

-- There are countless woodworking plans but have you checked out God's plan? Jeremiah 29:11

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jerrells

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#5 posted 06-19-2012 05:32 PM

Great idea. Do you plane them or just some sanding.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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kd7lze

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#6 posted 06-19-2012 05:39 PM

Great Job! I expect that if you calculate your time invested, that would be $20/hr for 7hrs = $140. I don’t believe you could 1/3 that amount of wood for the price. Just sayin :)

Thanks,
Don (kd7lze)

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EmeraldDragon

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#7 posted 06-19-2012 06:29 PM

Jerrellis, just some heavy duty sanding with wood sanding discs on an angle grinder. 60 grit then 400 grit.
Don, you’re correct mostly. But there is still some wood preparation time not calculated in there.

-- There are countless woodworking plans but have you checked out God's plan? Jeremiah 29:11

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Juriathe

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#8 posted 06-19-2012 06:57 PM

yup; we love the color of free as well ! The nails go into a bucket at our cleaning station, too. I think you have a bigger stash than our’s right now, Emerald D, but will catch up…LOL. I like the surprise of planing down a dirty board and finding a treasure in graining. Have fun with it, and we look forward to seeing what your projects turn out like

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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Remedyman

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#9 posted 06-19-2012 07:21 PM

Are you particular about the pallets you pick up, or do you just take almost anything and keep the wood that you can? I have been thinking about reclaiming pallets but haven’t started yet.

-- As long as our customers are happy, we have done a good job. Even if we are our own customer.

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DaddyZ

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#10 posted 06-19-2012 07:27 PM

Nice Stack of Wood There !!!

How do you get all the Nails Out, I have to Grab some with vice grips & pull with a crowbar, & Still I snap some off.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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mtenterprises

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#11 posted 06-19-2012 07:31 PM

6 receint posts one comment for them all. I commend you for your use of pallet wood and the nice projects you do. Keep up the good work.
MIKE

-- See pictures on Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/44216106@N07/ And visit my Facebook page - facebook.com/MTEnterprises

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Jacob

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#12 posted 06-19-2012 07:40 PM

Nice! I’ve been wanting to raid our local dumps pile of pallets for a while.

-- https://www.facebook.com/knottydawgwoodwork

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Juriathe

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#13 posted 06-19-2012 08:50 PM

DaddyZ, when I started cleaning pallets I found a nail punch and a pair of cement nippers to be valuable tools. The flat nose nippers get right up to your wood and allow you to pull most stubborn nails easily. For the ones that break, the punch knocks them out just fine.

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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MarkTheFiddler

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#14 posted 06-19-2012 09:35 PM

Looks like you got a couple of work horses out of it as well.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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EmeraldDragon

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#15 posted 06-19-2012 09:55 PM

The work horses are from previous pallets but yes, free! I am careful when selecting pallets. I need to be able to get at least 3/4 of the boards to be worth my time. I take my time with a large prybar prying up the boards then carefully tap the nails out from the pointed side and pull them out with a hammer or small prybar. I even use the support boards. I also am particular about where I get the pallets to avoid bacteria and bugs. Usually from hardware stores. Never dumpsters, trash sites, or grocery stores.

-- There are countless woodworking plans but have you checked out God's plan? Jeremiah 29:11

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