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Posted on Good wood from pallets? Really?

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#1 posted 08-30-2012 02:55 AM

Varies a lot. Place local to me gets in giant sheets of metal resulting in a large number of hardwood pallets. Runners have been white and red oak, cherry, maple and hickory. I prefer to take a circular saw and slice all the cross pieces out which usually nets me a bunch of 31-34” boards that are always over an inch and most are a minimum of 6” wide, I’ve gotten up to a foot wide. I then use a large crow bar to pull off the remainder of the slats from the runners which almost always pulls all the nails out at the same time. I burn these in the summer or trash them in the winter. With the runners pay attention to the grain, if it looks close to the center of the tree and it’s oak then just thrown it out, always seems to crack all the way through. Maple and hickory have all produced good pieces for turning or short legs. I’ve had a very poor return rate on the oak runners so now I just pick based on the slats. Check out my rocking dino project, the rockers and base were all pallet wood, the three I’m making this year will be cherry pallet wood.

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