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Autorotate

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01-31-2016 03:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: joinery pallets reclaimed finishing

Hello all,

First, I am not trying to save the world and celebrate earth day everyday by recycling materials. Secondly, I am not trying to tick anyone off with these questions. I know pallet wood isn’t always an approved topic, but if I want rat poop and chemicals hanging in my house, I at least want them to look nice.

- What is the best way to do the glue-up? I need to get about 48 inches in width so I will have to glue the slats vertical.

- I do not have a thickness planer or drum sander

- How should I finish if I want to keep the natural look? And should I sand them lightly?

Thanks all?


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AlaskaGuy

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#1 posted 01-31-2016 04:29 PM

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Autorotate

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#2 posted 01-31-2016 04:58 PM



- AlaskaGuy

I edited the post? Any better? I have never used pallet wood before and was concerned with movement.

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#3 posted 01-31-2016 05:00 PM

First off: I am trying to do my part to save the earth. I live in Oregon, where is not taboo to try to make the environment better (lucky to be here).

Second off: I like using recycled materials – I think they look great. I’m redoing a vacation house in mostly recycled wood and having fun with it.

Third off: If someone doesn’t like #1 and #2, maybe talk to your mom about it – she might care.

OK – rant over. I would rip them on a table saw to get fairly straight edges and then glue them up. If possible, screw a thin cleat to the back.

I use a wire wheel on my 4” grinder to clean up the surfaces. After that, I use 80 grit on a 5” orbital sander to smooth anything left, but keep the texture. The wire wheel gets it fairly smooth and keeps the rustic look.

For finishing, I use tongue oil.

Here is a bench I made with reclaimed wood. I applied some darker stain – don’t know what it was, it came from the recycle place.

Best of luck.
Troy

-- Troy | http://tf-workshop.com | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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Autorotate

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#4 posted 01-31-2016 05:07 PM

Troy,

Boom!! That is exactly what I was looking for. And that chair and table look awesome.

Believe me, I was not trying to knock anyone for doing their part. However, I have seen other pallet posts where people were getting destroyed because of the chemicals, rat feces, it doesn’t help recycling pallets, etc.

I personally love the reclaimed look, I was just trying to make everyone happy.

You answered all of my questions. Keep up the great work!!

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TTF

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#5 posted 01-31-2016 05:16 PM

Great – thanks. It cost me less than $10 to make.

I try to be a nice guy (I really do, and I hope to get better at it), but there are people who complain about everything. It’s usually under the header of “be careful”. Well, you and I aren’t getting out of here alive anyway, so don’t be too careful – or you’ll end up sitting in front of your computer all day complaining about other people’s work.

Glad I could help out.
Troy

-- Troy | http://tf-workshop.com | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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Autorotate

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#6 posted 01-31-2016 05:24 PM

Haha! I completely understand.

I can’t believe that was less than $10. I just showed the fiancĂ© and she wants it. I may be sending her to Oregon (no charge). Please feel free to keep.

I may have to start dabbling in the reclaimed pallet world. Thanks again!!

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#7 posted 01-31-2016 05:30 PM

With some time and sanding you can get pallet wood to look nice. Drawer fronts on the project below are all pallet wood I got free from Bearpaw.

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

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#8 posted 01-31-2016 06:28 PM

Pallet wood is a great resource. For glue-up, just get the edges flat. If you don’t have a jointer, then a hand plane will work. Also, it’s always a good idea to make sure there aren’t any hidden metal bits in the wood (nails, screws, staples) which can ruin your day if you hit one unexpectedly. The cheap little hand held metal detectors at HF work great for that purpose and can be had for about $10 if you catch them on sale and use a 20% off coupon.

I usually will pull the boards off and then take out any nails that are left, while others like just cutting them off the runners to avoid the nails completely. Those spiral drive nails make it a bugger to pull the boards off, but with something like a pallet buster, it is a lot easier. One can easily be made… usually out of metal (if you have a welder), and I’ve seen ones made from wood as well.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#9 posted 01-31-2016 06:39 PM

Autorotate got it right. I do not understand the hunger for pallet wood. Because it’s free? This pallet wood stuff can be infused with anti-bug, and anti-rot chemicals. Do you really want to take that chance?

-- BOVILEXIA: The urge to moo at cows from a moving vehicle.

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Autorotate

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#10 posted 01-31-2016 06:54 PM

Hahaha!! I knew

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#11 posted 01-31-2016 07:52 PM



Hahaha!! I knew

- Autorotate

Of course you knew….....because it’s true.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#12 posted 01-31-2016 08:21 PM

All depends on where the pallets have been, and what they were used for..

Not all pallets are chemical infused, many have an “HT” branded on them…..HEAT TREATED to get rid of the bugs.

I worked at a factory long time ago….pallets that came into the plant were not treated. They were used to carry 2000-2500 pounds of fillers for the rubber compounds we were making. Clays, Limestone, and bags of Sulfur, or Zinc Oxide ( can’t vulcanize without the last too) and were always a hardwood. Some of the ones for the clays used 5/4 stock for the slats.

Screw nails: Heads will always pop off if you pull them like an ordinary nail. Use a rip claw hammer. No grip on the nail? set a pair of visegrips as tight as you can on the nail, but leave enough room for the rip claw to get under. Chucking them up in a drill to “unscrew” the screwnails? Doesn’t work.

You might also be on the look out for Barn Wood to use. Look for the pieces without any trace of paint on them.

And now the rebuttal from those other two fellas will follow…..

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

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Autorotate

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#13 posted 01-31-2016 08:39 PM

All mine have “HT” on them. That was one thing I was sure to look for before I grabbed them. I read the nightmares about the chemical “MB” pallets.

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#14 posted 01-31-2016 11:10 PM

Another quick way to make short work of pallets, is to cut along the edges of the stringers with a circ saw (use a junk or cheap blade).
If I wish to keep the slats whole, I use other methods (crowbar, etc) to get the slats off the center stringer(s). I usually end up chopping off the ends of the slats anyway, because of the nail holes.
Pine stringers in good shape will get de-nailed and saved. Hardwood stringers are hard to de-nail, and so get chopped up into firewood.

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#15 posted 02-01-2016 03:46 AM

Hahaha!! I knew

- Autorotate
Of course you knew….....because it s true.

- AlaskaGuy

That was supposed to say, “I knew that was coming.”

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