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06-12-2016 12:22 AM

Making just about anything from recycled pallet wood seems to be the latest craze, but where do all those pallets come from? Around here, pallets are reused by their owners. “Borrowing” them for some crafty woodbutchering project is frowned upon—it’s really nothing more that theft of personal property.

When I was at Home Depot today, I noticed a stack of pallets that were obviously made to supply the needs of the law-abiding pallet-challenged. And I know that Michael’s fills a similar need with their crafty crates.

The whole idea of taking perfectly good wood and turning it distressed pallets and rickety crates—in a twisted kind of marketing logic—makes me smile. :-)

How about you?

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"


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#1 posted 06-12-2016 12:30 AM

Some of my best boots have come from pallets. I love ‘em!

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#2 posted 06-12-2016 12:41 AM

Roman: Where do you get your pallets?
That’s the question.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#3 posted 06-12-2016 12:57 AM

John I don’t use pallets. But, in my part of the country they can be found in industrial or commercial areas of town. Here, most company’s will give them away because suppliers don’t want them back.

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#4 posted 06-12-2016 12:59 AM

I use crates and dunnage Made of oak.

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#5 posted 06-12-2016 01:14 AM

Most places around here are begging for them to be taken, “take all you want” the typical statement in the adds. We get some at work and they sit forever by the trash as they don’t want to pick them up. A lot of the pallets get used by the garden/landscape places and are shredded for mulch.

Craigslist always seams to have plenty of free pallets.

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#6 posted 06-12-2016 01:16 AM

Though pallets have a value, not every business recycles them or they at least cull the pallets that have see better days. The neighborhood where my shop is located is pallet city. They’re all over the street – mostly full awaiting pickup by hilo to be loaded into a truck or building- but many are also empty stacks and I guess some are orphaned as I often see them late night or early morning looking like no one wants them. Then there’s this pallet graveyard outside my window. I’ve “salvaged” a few to use for the shelf on my bench and one’s sitting around that has a future use. Just not sure what it is :)

Every so often I hear them being tossed out there, probably never to be heard from again.

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#7 posted 06-12-2016 01:18 AM

From trees I think.

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#8 posted 06-12-2016 01:30 AM



From trees I think.

- AlaskaGuy

Pallet trees to be more precise….

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#9 posted 06-12-2016 02:26 AM


From trees I think.

- AlaskaGuy

Pallet trees to be more precise….

- AZWoody

Must be native only to Alaska. Good to know! :-)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#10 posted 06-12-2016 02:46 AM

Don’t look at stores, look at places that receive freight but rarely send it out. Colleges and schools are one example, construction sites are another.

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#11 posted 06-12-2016 03:01 AM

Little-know fact …

Where Have All The Pallets Gone? was the sequel to this Peter, Paul & Mary classic …

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=where+have+all+the+flowers+gone&&view=detail&mid=AFD154FF336E7EC51573AFD154FF336E7EC51573&FORM=VRDGAR

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#12 posted 06-12-2016 12:02 PM

When I first started wood working I used free pallet wood and learned a lot at little cost. I got the pallets from an industrial sheet metal contractor. (I worked there). These pallets were made of ten feet long 4×4’s and some four feet long ones. They got their sheet metal on them. They came from Asia, so some exotic woods included. I got hundreds of them over a few years. You might ask your local sheet metal shop. A big shop that uses a lot of steel.

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#13 posted 06-12-2016 12:49 PM



Little-know fact …

Where Have All The Pallets Gone? was the sequel to this Peter, Paul & Mary classic …

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=where+have+all+the+flowers+gone&&view=detail&mid=AFD154FF336E7EC51573AFD154FF336E7EC51573&FORM=VRDGAR

- johnhutchinson

Dang you John! I was gonna post that !

It was the first thing I thought of when I saw the title !

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#14 posted 06-12-2016 01:00 PM

On a more serious note… I have worked in warehousing most of my working career. Been in several places where we couldn’t get the pallets picked up as fast as we would have liked. A couple times we would offer them to “whoever” and we’d ALWAYS tell them that they had to re-stack the ones they didn’t want.

We would have them stacked them all neatly with the forklifts and AFTER the pallet gatherers would leave, we’d find piles like this left behind.
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So I’d take pictures and convince the upper management that offering the old pallets to people was NOT a good option, and we’d stop letting folks dig thru them.
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A much BIGGER danger was that of someone starting a fire. These old pallets will go up like kindling! I know of one warehouse whose security cameras showed 3 men pull up during the night to take pallets. These guys spent 2 or 3 hours digging thru for the “good ones” and the left a HUGE mess while they were unstacking them. The video shows that all three men were smoking, and after they left the woodpile caught on fire. Almost burned down the whole warehouse, but luckily the fire dept was there in time to save the building.

So yeah… Coming to work in the morning and seeing THIS was always my biggest fear …
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#15 posted 06-12-2016 02:46 PM

Around here I know that they get re-used. But I also know that when I go to the dump there is often a huge pile of them about 4 stories high waiting to be chipped.
I’ve used pallets a couple of times, but don’t really hunt for them or make it a focus of my working. If I happen to come across some that look good at the university where I work I’ll ask if I can take it.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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