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Forum topic by Jonathan posted 08-23-2011 09:52 PM 1727 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2011 09:52 PM

Just saw this posted on the Denver Craigslist. They will deliver a semi trailer full of pallet and crate wood for free to keep it out of the landfills!

Not sure if anybody in Denver can actually use this much pallet wood, but I thought I’d throw it out there, both for that reason, and the sheer quantity of wood involved here.

You could probably start a business up around this if you had the space and equipment to accept the delivery. And you’d have a constantly replenished supply of material as well since they get 1-trailer full of wood a month.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#1 posted 08-23-2011 10:28 PM

Wow, I really hope someone has the means to capitalize on this. I’ve never used a pallet for anything other than…well, a pallet; but people have been making some great stuff with them here. Thanks for posting this.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 08-24-2011 01:02 AM

You can get some pretty nice wood from pallets sometimes but tearing them apart can be a pain in the ass!!!!!

It’s also VERY tough on jointer and planer blades because of the dirt embedded in the wood and you can never get all of the nails or staples out!!!

With all that being said: Do they deliver to Texas?

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#3 posted 08-24-2011 01:04 AM

Some people could also start a non profit which makes simple furniture out of it for people at need. Hopefully somebody will do that.

-- Yves

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#4 posted 08-24-2011 01:08 AM

yrob, That is a great idea! That would really go along with the idea here, I think. Or even if the pieces made out of the wood were given to various charitable causes, or fundraising auctions.

Tim Kindrick, I agree with you on the PITA factor of deconstructing pallets, not to mention the wear and tear on tools because of the dirt, even if you were to miss all the potential metal fragments.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 08-24-2011 04:08 AM

I just received some super clean solid oak pallets up here in Fort Collins Colorado and I’m in the process of taking them apart and removing the nails. I may hit them with a portable power planer before I run them through my thickness planer. I can see all the nails and they’re almost brand new. The blades in my thickness planer have a couple tiny chips and leave a couple of proud lines in the wood. I’m going to sand anything I run through it anyway. I’m going to resaw the oak into 3/16 or so boards. I’m probably going to make jewelry type boxes out of it. I don’t know how many boxes they will make, but it will be a lot. It was totally worth the effort. Even red oak is expensive. Pine pallets I’m not so interested in unless they’re really nice and almost new. I hope somebody uses all that wood. At least for firewood for camping or something. One of my good friends gets all the tips from a local truss plant here and used the lumber for heating his shop. Now that’s a good idea. He has a mountain of foot long 2×4’s. Maybe donate the wood to the Cub Scout and Boyscout camp in Red Feather Lakes Colorado. They can always use the firewood. Contact BSA in Denver for details. Or maybe scroll saw art in some for charity.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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