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05-20-2013 09:15 AM

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I’m new here and joined with an interest in woodworking. I work in a factory and our warehouse manager approached me and said the company would soon start receiving parts shipped in fifteen foot long pine shipping crates and asked if I’d be interested in the wood.Of course I said yes. I live on a 65 acre farm and would appreciate any and all ideas on what to do with the wood. I know its untreated and not sure what this type of pine would be best for. Thanks in advance.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 05-20-2013 09:27 AM

Your only limit is your imagination. I always take the wood.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#2 posted 05-20-2013 11:01 AM

I do quite a bit of work with pallets. I would stay away from using them with anything that has to do with food (cutting boards, kitchen tables), but I would think more along the lines of what you need for your self. Is there some sort of project in your house/apartment that you need. A new desk, a book case, something else? You can determine that and from there it’s up to you to make it work. Enjoy and get a good crowbar!

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#3 posted 05-20-2013 12:50 PM

Well I actually made a long pine kitchen table years ago with long pallet wood (didnt turn out real good but was inexperienced) still am…anywho. There can be real nice wood in pallets weather you leave it natural for rustic outdoor stuff or plain it down for nicer stuff. Can be real nice wood! BUT be careful can be hazardous chemicals in wood and watch for nails and staples. Also its alot of work taking them apart etc. Found that out this weekend! But can be worth it and the price is right:)

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#4 posted 05-20-2013 12:51 PM

I made a cabinet,workbench,and a lot of stuff using pallets and boards that I have gotten from the plant I work at.

-- Todd

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#5 posted 05-20-2013 12:52 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. It sounds like you have a good problem – what to do with free wood. Look on the internet, in books, magazines, and right here on Lumberjocks. There’s plenty to do. BTW, enjoy yourself and may you always be happy in your work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 05-20-2013 12:57 PM

Sometimes the longer than standard pallets are made with thinner woods that may or maynot be as desirable
as the regular lumber that standard pallets are made with.

Also heed the advice on pallet wood as it relates to chemical treatments. Many are treated with toxic chemicals to resist bugs and termites and such.

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