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Finally scored a Pallet!! But was it worth it?? Now what?

by BCurrent
posted 04-02-2013 09:48 PM


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Dallas

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#1 posted 04-02-2013 10:34 PM

Good Luck!

With pallets I am very short on patience. I cut the stringers out with a saw, leaving a chunk on each runner.
The small parts can be broken off the runners and the nails then pulled more easily.
If they don’t pull out… cut them off.

Now…. don’t you feel better?

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 04-02-2013 10:39 PM

+1 with dallas.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 04-02-2013 11:41 PM

Being able to salvage good runners is very difficult.
Even if you do get the nails out , the wood will be full of nail holes and also may be stained. I finally gave up on the runners and concentrate on the cross pieces instead. Good luck …there is a lot of nicely figured wood that gets used for pallets : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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sixstring

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 12:01 AM

Metal detector, cut the exposed nail heads off, and just leave them in there and work around it. I mentioned the metal detector to avoid running a nail through your sawblade. Be very careful when you start cutting into this stuff.

Here’s a tip with finding hardwood pallets: stone suppliers (bricks, boulders, etc) generally use some type of oak for their pallets. Forget about the ones behind the grocery and retail stores. You want the good stuff they use for very very heavy materials like stone.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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Brandon

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 12:05 AM

And if there’s anything you can’t use, well, white oak makes for good fire wood.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 04-03-2013 12:11 AM

I’m with Dallas and whitebait-

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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teejk

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#7 posted 04-03-2013 12:34 AM

good wood does not get used for pallets around here (usually what we call “scrub oak”).

IMHO the nails they use are impossible to remove…they like to reuse the pallets so they want to make sure they can survive multiple forklift operations. If you want to make small boxes the slats can produce some very interesting stuff as do the runners but I cut around anything that contains one of those nails…not worth the time or effort.

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MT_Stringer

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#8 posted 04-03-2013 12:57 AM

” If you want to make small boxes the slats …”

or crates! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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BCurrent

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#9 posted 04-03-2013 02:06 PM

Thanks for the input guys (and gals if any!)... guess I was hoping for more positive results with some new-fangled, whiz-bang approach to getting them apart!! Reality sure has a way of spoiling things sometimes! I’ll try to salvage at least some pieces of the slats and then probably just turn the rest to firewood for my friend who heats his shop with a wood stove.

Thanks again for all the input!

Bill C.

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#10 posted 04-03-2013 02:44 PM

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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MT_Stringer

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#11 posted 04-03-2013 04:29 PM

A friend helped me weld up a big pry bar that resembles a u shaped fork. Put that sucker under the pallet slats and pry down. Something is gonna give.

I haven’t been able to use the pallet runners except for a couple. Too many nails…lots of them cut off from rebuilds. I always seem to find the ugly ones. However some slats are poplar, cedar and oak. That is what I made the crates from. Gotta think small.

Note: Personally, I down care for stuff built out of pallets that look like they were built using a pallet. If I can’t mill it and reuse it in a different way, then I forget it and move on.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#12 posted 04-03-2013 05:15 PM

I am sure I am in the minority here, but the only thing I make with pallets is S’mores on those cool summer/autumn nights.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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MT_Stringer

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#13 posted 04-03-2013 05:42 PM

Condiment rack.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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sprucegum

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#14 posted 04-03-2013 07:52 PM

We cut em through the slats with a chainsaw where there are no nails then throw them in the outside wood fired boiler.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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69BBNova

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#15 posted 04-03-2013 08:26 PM

Ive never done this but I would use some Ok (not your best) 1/8” or smaller drill bits and drill 3-4 holes near the nail (real close) to relieve the wood hanging on…

It should pull apart much easier, just remember to hide the holes inside of whatever you build.

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teejk

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#16 posted 04-03-2013 09:06 PM

69BB

I was born into a “frugal” german family that introduced me to the “nail puller” (google it and check out the “slide pounders”) at a very early age. I own one but damned if I can get those pallet nails out. I think they use ring shanks with a hook head.

Maybe a small “plug-cutter” would work to free the slats without prying? There can be some nice wood hiding there if you have a planer.

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Dusty56

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#17 posted 04-03-2013 10:43 PM

I’ve used the plug cutter approach….takes a steady hand and a few prayers….the nails aren’t always straight into the wood and sometimes old nails are just below the slats waiting to ruin your cutter.
When it worked right , it was a good thing : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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LaughingMoose

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#18 posted 04-11-2013 01:26 AM

Always thought this would be nice to have…

http://nailkicker.com

-- “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.” ― Ronald Reagan

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bandit571

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#19 posted 04-11-2013 04:07 AM

If the heads break off, a pair of visegrips clamped onto the shank, along with a rip claw hammer. The visegrips take the place of the nail’s head. I usually resaw the runners. Mostly the ones at least 1-1/2 thick. I just leave the center line of the runner as scrap, along with almost all the nails. Slats would make decent drawer sides, and backs. Bad part is that those thin slats…...WARP.

Another tip: lay the pallet down flat, with something to keep it from moving on one side. A nice BIG sledge hammer, hitting near the top edge of the runners, will bend the pallet apart. At least enough that one can get at the nails better.

Around here, I can just go past one of the many Amish farms. Seems they also build pallets for the companies around here. usually can pick up a load of their “scraps”. They usually use a hardwood, like oak, or ash.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Dakkar

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#20 posted 04-11-2013 04:44 AM

Here’s an store piece jock Savan is using as inspiration for his next pallet project. I like that they just left the slat wood rough for effect.

Weekend project thread

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