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Forum topic by builtinbkyn posted 05-03-2017 06:21 PM 499 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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builtinbkyn

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05-03-2017 06:21 PM

I have to admit, I wasn’t completely certain what types of woods were used to construct pallets and how the wood was treated that may make it unsafe to use. Since there has been so much discussion about the use of pallet wood for projects and since there are probably others that have no clue on the subject, like myself, I thought I’d do a little search on it, while glue was drying :)

This is by no means official or a plug for the web site, but other sources seemed to confirm what the author has stated. This article appeared to be the most concise on the matter.

How to Determine if a Wood Pallet is Safe for Use

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)


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#1 posted 05-03-2017 06:52 PM

Well that’s a nice search Bill, but there is always a but as in everything. A pallet may have the right indications either this is US standards or EU, but we do have to take in account factors like… is the pallet new? is it weathered naturally? what goods did the pallet carried? was it exposed in chemicals etc… All these are difficult questions regardless of the pallets markings.
So because I do use them to create things, I always take in consideration not just the pallet markings but also what is it that I am going to use it for… i.e. A wall decoration or a picture frame it is not the same like a pillow chest which is going to storage pillows that you will sleep on them… thus coming in contact with your skin.
My “advice” is: Pick your pallets carefully and choose them according to your project – wash them thoroughly and let them dry good in open air – treat them using generously an anti-fungous and other parasites like woodworms etc. liquid and let them dry in open air again for 3-4 days. Also let’s not forget that we are going to varnish them at the end in one way or another.
I think that’s all you can do for pallets … is not like you are going to use pallet wood to make a cutting board, I will not advise that.
That’s my two cents on the subject … but always open to suggestions and new info.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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builtinbkyn

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#2 posted 05-03-2017 07:21 PM

Stelios the article addressed those concerns regarding contaminants. I think the thrust of the article was to inform on the regulations that govern pallet making; what they’re made of, how they’re treated and their place of origin and how that’s denoted on the pallet.

As in everything in life, nothing is a certainty. Beware, be cautious and take the appropriate steps to mitigate any unsafe issues.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#3 posted 05-03-2017 07:26 PM

Of-course Bill I just took the opportunity to point out a few things when we use pallets the article was not in any doubt … sorry if I gave that impression :)

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#4 posted 05-03-2017 09:01 PM

I have gotten some beautiful Mahogany, Oak and Teak from some Asian made pallets. Generally not enough for and project of size. A lot of work for minimum results though.

-- "Now we are getting no where, thanks to me"

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