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Forum topic by CanadaJeff posted 08-07-2009 09:16 PM 3026 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2009 09:16 PM

I was driving the other day and saw a sign giving away wooden pallets. I have never really tried salvaging a pallet because I figured the quality would not be good. I just ran ito a project that used mahogany from a pallett.

As you can imagine this a sparked my curiosity in grabbing some pallets. I was just wondering if others use them regularly and if so what your thoughts are. Any comments on the quality and type of wood you encounter?


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#1 posted 08-07-2009 10:09 PM

I use used pallets quite often. They are somewhat tuff to get apart and you’ve got to be careful and make sure you get all of the nails out. I mainly make either toys or yard and garden animals and things with them. I’m sure you can find many many items to make from them. And what’s left makes good firewood

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#2 posted 08-08-2009 12:10 AM

Nothing wrong with using pallets for projects. I have a friend who uses pallets exclusively for his woodworking projects. He has made dressers,tables, chairs, wash stands and book cases from them. Many times he uses the nail holes as a design element. He likes the oak ones. If you can get yourself some pallets from Asia, Africa or South America you can find exotics such as the mahogany you mentioned, but also just about any other species as well. I use discarded pine pallets for making crates to ship my bigger wall pieces.

Have fun !!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 08-08-2009 12:24 AM

The thing that I look for most in pallets, is that the wood is about an inch thick, I’ve been disappointed a couple times because by the time I’ve cleaned up the boards, they’re too thin to do much with. secondly always look REAL close for metal, there’s often staples and nails in odd places.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#4 posted 08-08-2009 12:30 AM

As a truck driver and shipyard worker, I’ve found many different woods used for shipping pallets and platforms and such. Definitely keep your eye out for good wood. You never know what you might find in those piles. I’ve found lots of mahogany sometimes in beam and 4X4 size.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 08-08-2009 01:39 AM

At the place I used to work I regulalry got pallets and used them. A lot of hickory, cherry and oak. If you look at the lowboy I did in my pictures, a few of the boards came from a pallet. It was a tremendous amount of work getting some of the pallets apart, but in the end it was worth it. The company I worked for got stuff from overseas so I got some pallets made of foreign lumber. Not exactly what I would call exotic, but for example I had a palett from Japan that used a wood similar to pine but strange.

-- Sam

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#6 posted 08-08-2009 09:01 AM

A lot of my projects are from pallet wood. You can find all kinds of good wood out there. Some small and thin, others nice and thick for larger boards. They are tough to get apart without cracking, but you get some good wood at a great price ( labor only ) Can;t get much cheaper then that.

Good hunting! And look CLOSE at the wood. Found some curly maple under some foot prints on a pallet. Could only see one or two curls and when planed the all showed. See this project

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#7 posted 08-08-2009 09:06 AM

I’ve used a hunk oak from a pallet and veneered it with some good stuff, worked in a pinch

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