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Project by svenbecca posted 12-06-2013 03:29 AM 2216 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a manager at a warehouse. We were loading a trailer full of scrap pallets, usually they are pretty light. We found a 48”X45” pallet that took two people to handle. I am a 6 foot, 210 pound retired Sailor, I am no little guy. This was heavy. I decided to take it home and make this from it. I went through 3 sets of blades on my planer, cutting it only 1/32” at a pass. This was dense. I have no idea what it is (don’t say it’s a table), but it was hard on top of heavy. If the rain ever stops, Ill post some pictures of it in the sunlight.

I decided that this will be my contribution to the Chinese Christmas gift exchange at my mom’s this weekend.

-- 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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#1 posted 12-06-2013 03:31 AM

Someone is getting a darn nice present. Looks great.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-06-2013 05:47 AM

Wow, awesome table. Looks like hickory. I have been working with alot of it lately. Love the way it looks, but a wee bit tough on the old plainer. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 12-06-2013 11:23 AM

Real pretty from saved wood too man real nice…yep thats hickory.

-- we stand behind our work but never under it...(love seeing the look in customers eyes when they hear it)

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#4 posted 12-06-2013 12:32 PM

Can’t confirm that it’s hickory, but I can state that it’s beautiful. The figure in the wood is outstanding. That’s one great build.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 12-06-2013 12:41 PM

WOW! I would love to be on the receiving end of that gift exchange – really nice build!

And I would 2nd (or 3rd?) the statement that it’s hickory. I made a bench from hickory this year and I had to re-sharpen three sets of planer blades – the stuff is like stone! But it IS mighty pretty and will last forever!

Great job and thanks for sharing!


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#6 posted 12-06-2013 01:07 PM

I agree on the Hickory, I get many pallets at work, seems like Hickory is prevelant on goods I receive from The Miss river area of the south, Ala, Miss, LA, Tn and such.
Also agree on how nice this table looks, great job on that!

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#7 posted 12-06-2013 01:58 PM

Very nice – but ouch…....3 sets of planer blades…....that’s expensive. I know what Santa needs to bring you this year.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 12-06-2013 02:03 PM

Excellent results. I wouldn’t argue with Hickory either. I know hickory is hard, but 3 sets of blades is extreme. Great results though.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 12-06-2013 02:20 PM

I should clarify when I said three sets. I live in a town of 3000 people. We have a hardware store. The nearest big city is an hour away. The three sets of blades put me out $50.00. Nothing is of excellent quality in this hardware store. I am looking at a set of carbide blades, but don’t want to buy them because I think they are under the tree already.

-- 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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#10 posted 12-06-2013 02:35 PM

I do alot of work with pallets, I’m the shipping supervisor at a large printer so I have a seemingly endless supply. Here is what I do to minimize the cost of pallet work.
1) I have several older Steel blades for my tablesaw, and I bought one of those cheapo blade sharpeners at Harbor Frieght. It is not exactly a great sharpener but it works well on steel blades. ripping down pallets will often find hidden nails or screws.
2) I have a couple sets of sacrifical planer blades. I install these when I’m working a pallet, this way I dont roach my good stuff. I have a 15 inch grizzly that changing knives on is very quick and easy.
I actually am on the lookout for a second hand table saw that I can leave set up with cheaper blades to save some time.Maybe even a benchtop planer at some point.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#11 posted 12-06-2013 10:34 PM

Really nicely done – many interesting elements.

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