Do You Reuse Wood Pallets? - Featured Topics - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum
Advertisement


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > DIY Forum > Featured Topics

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Like Tree19Likes
  • 1 Post By mark sr
  • 4 Post By Nealtw
  • 2 Post By BigJim
  • 1 Post By de-nagorg
  • 1 Post By craig11152
  • 7 Post By TheEplumber
  • 1 Post By PPBART
  • 1 Post By ZZZZZ
  • 1 Post By Drachenfire
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes
Old 11-09-2018, 12:23 PM   #1
Administrator
 
Cricket's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,800
Rewards Points: 2,260
Default

Do you reuse wood pallets?



Quote:
Used for shipping and transporting goods, wooden pallets are a waste product for many companies. For a DIYer like you, however, they are a goldmine! Free wood that can be used for a wide variety of projects if you have the tools and a little creativity. 6 Creative Ways to Reuse Wooden Pallets
Some people love working with wood pallets and some people hate it. Do you reuse wood pallets? Why? Why not?

Are there any health risks with using them?
__________________
"Show respect even to people who donít deserve it, not as
a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours."
Cricket is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-09-2018, 12:45 PM   #2
retired painter
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: east tenn
Posts: 7,685
Rewards Points: 1,372
Default

Re: Do you reuse wood pallets?


IMO it's more hassle than it's worth, I cut them up and put them in the shop stove. My oldest son had a friend who redid his mobile home cabinets using pallet wood and it did look nice but it was more work than I'd want to do.
Cricket likes this.
mark sr is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-09-2018, 12:46 PM   #3
retired framer
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Fraser Valley BC Canada
Posts: 30,352
Rewards Points: 4,358
Default

Re: Do you reuse wood pallets?


A friend lives near a siding wholesale company that gets product on 8 foot pallets, she used them for fence panels. Two acres fenced for the price of posts and concrete.
Nealtw is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-09-2018, 12:57 PM   #4
Ole Wood Worker

 
BigJim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Posts: 13,061
Rewards Points: 488
Blog Entries: 1
Default

Re: Do you reuse wood pallets?


I am a little leery of using pallets, no way of knowing if chemicals were spilled on them or not.
Nik333 and Nealtw like this.
__________________
New members: Please consider adding your location to your profile.

Lawyers believe a man is innocent until proven broke.

If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/forum.php

Jim
BigJim is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2018, 04:12 PM   #5
retired painter
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: east tenn
Posts: 7,685
Rewards Points: 1,372
Default

Re: Do you reuse wood pallets?


Quote:
she used them for fence panels

How well has it held up to the elements? I used to drive by a trailer that used pallets to fence in the front yard [they had small kids] A few yrs later the pallet fence was gone, not sure if it was falling apart, the kids no longer needed it or what.
mark sr is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2018, 04:35 PM   #6
JUSTA MEMBER
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Central Wyoming
Posts: 13,025
Rewards Points: 1,016
Default

Re: Do you reuse wood pallets?


The wood makes great small project material.

Amazing what it looks like planed, and finished for small items.

Had a friend that built an 8 ' tall fence from them, had to use steel posts set close together, then lowered the pallets over the posts, stacked two high.

Took a lot of posts, but was sturdy enough that his dog (pit bull), could slam into it, and it held the dog.

Slid the pallets with the posts between the slats, where the forklift goes in.

ED
Cricket likes this.
de-nagorg is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2018, 11:11 AM   #7
Member
 
craig11152's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Ann Arbor MI
Posts: 1,991
Rewards Points: 1,220
Default

Re: Do you reuse wood pallets?


Wood pallets should all have codes stamped on them. I have read/heard one should familiarize themselves with the significance of those codes before reusing them in other projects.
Here is one of numerous links to the topic.
https://www.1001pallets.com/pallet-safety/
Nik333 likes this.
__________________
Don't look at me. I didn't vote for either one of them.
craig11152 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2018, 12:00 PM   #8
Plumber
 
TheEplumber's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North Idaho
Posts: 11,198
Rewards Points: 888
Default

Re: Do you reuse wood pallets?


I made this a 40" clock few years ago from 1x4 dunnage. Not really pallets.
They were the shipping boards off of fiberglass tub/shower units.

It was white with black metal house numbers. But my wife wanted to change colors so out came the black spray paint.
We took the numbers off after painting and hit the clock with a palm sander

My mom liked it so well that she got a smaller version for Christmas that year
Attached Thumbnails
Do you reuse wood pallets?-img_20181110_084226059_burst000_cover_top.jpg  
__________________
When posting in forums, letting us know your location will help others give better feedback/advice/solutions to your questions
TheEplumber is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2018, 01:02 PM   #9
Member
 
PPBART's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 677
Rewards Points: 1,323
Default

Re: Do you reuse wood pallets?


Quote:
Originally Posted by BigJim View Post
I am a little leery of using pallets, no way of knowing if chemicals were spilled on them or not.
In a former life (before retirement) I was the Environmetal/Health/Safety Manager for a chemical manufacturing site. For decades we had allowed employees to take wood pallets home. Then we had a complaint about a case of skin irritation possibly linked to handling pallet wood. We did some tests and found significant levels of contamination in the wood. That put an end to the pallet giveaway!
ZZZZZ likes this.
PPBART is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2018, 02:43 PM   #10
Member
 
ZZZZZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Middle of nowhere, AZ
Posts: 8,282
Rewards Points: 3,284
Default

Re: Do you reuse wood pallets?


My local pluming supply store has piles and piles of near-new pallets free for the picking.

I put the pallets under my firewood stacks to keep the wood off the ground and to let air circulate underneath. Helps to keep bugs out of the wood, too.

But I'd never burn pallet wood. Too many containments and nails.
.
.
lenaitch likes this.
__________________
Just my 7 cents (2 cents after taxes and inflation).
ZZZZZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2018, 03:41 PM   #11
Big Dog
 
Drachenfire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 2,123
Rewards Points: 4,276
Default

Re: Do you reuse wood pallets?


Often the quality of pallet wood depends on where you get it.

Check with places that sell farm or lawn vehicles, ATVs, snowmobiles and the such. I find the pallets from these places are cleaner and of better quality wood than the big box stores.

Places that get shipments from Central and South America will sometimes have pallets made of rough cut mahogany. It does not look the greatest rough cut but once planed can be quite beautiful.

Once the pallet is cut or dismantled it does not take much work with a planer to get usable wood.

NOTE: Before planing the wood, insure there are no nails hidden it.

Even close visual inspection can miss broken nails.

You can make a cheap "metal detector" using some rear earth magnets. Secure the magnets to a thin strip of wood and slowly drag the magnets across both sides of the wood. The rare earth magnets will attract to any exposed nails.

If you have any old computer hard disk drives laying around, the magnets inside those are as powerful and can be used in the same manner.
de-nagorg likes this.
__________________
My Deck Rebuild Progress

Fate whispers to the warrior, "You cannot withstand the storm," and the warrior whispers back, "I am the storm."
Drachenfire is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2018, 01:03 AM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 336
Rewards Points: 396
Default

Re: Do you reuse wood pallets?


Here's one of my projects from the last couple years.

https://www.diychatroom.com/f49/lp-l...allets-487305/


I also have a decent looking hallway curio shelf I built for my wife, I'll see if I can get a pic.
badtheba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2018, 01:07 AM   #13
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 336
Rewards Points: 396
Default

Re: Do you reuse wood pallets?


Until I read this thread, I really hadn't thought too much about chemicals spilled on pallets. Nearly every one I've reused has come from the bike shop I used to work at, and held bikes or fitness equipment contained within cardboard boxes. Nothing would have leaked out, but I suppose they could sit in something else that spilled nearby in shipping.
badtheba is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Protecting Untreated Wood wee-haggis Building & Construction 4 04-25-2015 05:34 PM
protecting new redwood with epoxy? robertjmjrs Painting 21 04-03-2015 02:52 PM
Putting wood flooring on steps timbo59 Flooring 4 11-18-2011 06:20 PM
flooring frankiedog Flooring 7 12-05-2008 02:05 PM
DAP caulking question n0c7 Painting 16 11-01-2008 12:31 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts