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381 days ago
For years I’ve been watching the pile of pallets behind our building come and go and haven’t really gotten anything from save for a piece or two of plywood when they have a special container come in. Last week, while walking by I noticed some new ones on the pile and noticed some ‘different’ but familiar looking grain patterns on some slats on one… almost like quarter-sawn flecks. I stopped for a closer look and behold, a pallet made from white oak, mostly quarter-sawn!! I ran and got my truck and quickly loaded it! I was pretty jazzed, my first ‘real’ pallet find!
It wasn’t long after I got it home, unloaded and started to disassemble it that my excitement started waning… quickly! If you’ve ever pulled apart a pallet, you know they use a ‘twisted’ nail about 12d size that don’t pull out very easily… so in white oak, I can now tell you they do not pull out at all! Instead, the heads pop off the nails when given a good heave-ho! Also, when trying to pry up the slats a little just to get at the nails, several of them started splitting bad. The slats are approx. 1/2” thick , so you can’t pry on them too much before they split. Also, upon closer inspection, it looks like the runners have been re-used and you can see old nails that have been cut off in between some of the slats that are on there now.
So for now, I’ve put it aside as I was just tearing it up and getting frustrated, but wanted to see if any of you experienced palletizers had any suggestions on what to do with it! I’m thinking I can grind the heads of the nails off and then pull off the slats and try to use them, but I was really more excited about the runners as they are closer to 2×4 dimensions. Now I’m real leary of trying to use the runners as they are chock full of nails… nails I can’t seem to remove! So, does anyone have any other suggestions on how to salvage any of this fine wood??