Oak pallet wood, joining/planing questions

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Forum topic by asiago posted 01-11-2016 05:12 PM 417 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2016 05:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pallet wood oak hand plane question

Heya folks,

An oak pallet came into my workplace the other day, and the wood seems decent enough, so I figured I’d take the thing apart and use it. It was constructed with the crappy twisted shank nails that were on a roll with copper wire, so there’s copper bits here and there in the pieces I’ve reclaimed.

I want to construct panels with these pieces, then build a couple of boxes. Most of the pieces are between 3.5”-4” wide, 5/8” thick and 14” long, quarter-sawn as far as I can tell (rather roughly too). I will be using hand tools.

My main question is this: should I square the sides and edge join these pieces first, then hand plane them to thickness? Or should I (mostly) plane them individually first, then edge join them?

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#1 posted 01-13-2016 12:59 PM

If they are flat you can do that, but if the face surface is wavy or irregular, I would face joint one side then edge joint.

You also need to check them for twist.

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