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Forum topic by Martyroc posted 05-10-2012 10:13 PM 2363 views 0 times favorited 53 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-10-2012 10:13 PM

Hello fellow LJer’s,
Some of you may already know that I work for the wire and cable industry, that is where most of the pallets I use come from. Today I was asked if I needed these

I did not want to see these hit the dumpster and be carted off to a landfill so I said, “sure I will figure something out to use them for”.
Well I am thinking, and thinking and thinking, still I have nothing yet. I know I might be able to come up with a few projects, but as you can see I have a lot of them. Each one has a hole on the center and I have various sizes and 2 thicknesses, here they are:

QTY 67, Dia 15 1/2” X 1/2”
QTY 24, Dia 18 3/4” X 1/2”
QTY 22, Dia 12 3/4” X 3/8”
QTY 16, Dia 11 3/4” X 3/8”
QTY 8, Dia 14 1/2” x 3/8”

I am looking for ideas, I accept crazy ones as well, but all in all I need to see these get put to some use. Its all Plywood, some very smooth other not so much, but that is not the issue. Not really interested in making 27 go carts as I don’t think I need that many and I only have 5 Pallets that I got with this.

Let the ideas fly and whatever I build, however many they are, and different ideas I will post them all.


-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#1 posted 05-10-2012 10:21 PM

Some of these would make an awesome segmented bowl press.

Anything that would require clamping pressure from above and below would benefit from presses made with these pieces.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 05-10-2012 10:23 PM

make a wind mill, or possibly a very long centipede. Wait I have got it a giant cactus sculpture sorry I am not much help either way you should have fun re purposing the wood.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#3 posted 05-10-2012 10:34 PM

Maybe a couple of small out door tables with cup holder or a stool or two.

-- timothyee, Florida,

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#4 posted 05-10-2012 10:47 PM

Square them up and see if they are big enough for anything useful ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 05-10-2012 11:05 PM

You can make one go-cart with really really fat wheels. I also like the cactus and centipede ideas.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 05-10-2012 11:06 PM

make gearwheels out of some of them
make a wooden bycicle
of the best make a disksander if you get a used elec.motor
r/c controlled hoover craft
stacked flipout boxes by using 1½inch dovel
wheels for a bandsaw

I´m sure you can come up with something crazy for the last of them :-)


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#7 posted 05-10-2012 11:10 PM

You could put your bandsaw and ts on wheels.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#8 posted 05-10-2012 11:23 PM

Make a huge drum for a GIGANTIC drum sander :)

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#9 posted 05-10-2012 11:38 PM

Thin cover on the top and make Lazy Susans.

-- Life is good.

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#10 posted 05-11-2012 12:43 AM

Those are great blanks for thien baffles

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#11 posted 05-11-2012 12:45 AM


-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#12 posted 05-11-2012 01:10 AM

Hey Marty, them there wheels looks pretty nice . Wished i had them , i know i could make something out of them!!

-- wild bill, Stapleton, Al

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#13 posted 05-11-2012 01:49 AM

My first thought upon seeing those was man you could make a really big drum sander (but someone beat me to that) the next thought was make Lazy Susans out of the nice ones (but again someone beat me to that as well) so Hmm what to do? I don’t know I’ll have to think about it some more.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#14 posted 05-11-2012 01:49 AM

glue some together for a wooden wheel barrow wheel.

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#15 posted 05-11-2012 02:06 AM

Sander, Glue, Paint, Routed Lettering ==> Make 2012 Summer Olympic Games Commemorative Plaques; you could give them away to your local school as trophies for sporting events.

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