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Old 01-05-2015, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I've seen all sorts of uses from outdoor furniture to pet beds, etc but this takes the cake. If somebody has access to lots of pallets, lots of time and access to finishing tools this is the way to go.

For Months, This Family Saved These Wooden Pallets...To Make Something Incredible
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Old 01-05-2015, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Amelia Island
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Pretty neat. My father-in-law has made quite a few really nice dressers out of oak pallets that he has run through a planner after taking them apart.
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Old 01-05-2015, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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Seems like way too much work for what they ended up with. If used mismatched wood was the look they were after, then good for them. And they did a great job.
However, its not what I would want.
In the past I have done a lot of work with pallets. To build the furniture I did I had to do a lot of cutting and glue work to get boards without a bunch of old nail holes in them. There is also a huge variety in the wood species they use for pallets, so there was a lot of culling to separate the oak out for my projects. I had a small mountain of "reject wood" when I was done. I also replaced a couple planer and saw blades from broken off nails I missed.
Looking at the photos of them working gave me shudders (remembering my experience).
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:35 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I like the look. But I admit I'd be way too lazy and impatient to do what they did.
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:52 AM
 
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That looks really cool and rustic. They also have a story to tell when folks ask about the floor..."yeah, I made this floor from old shipping pallets".

I also like the floors I've seen some people do with plywood ripped into planks...
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Old 01-06-2015, 05:18 AM
 
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I hope my fiancee doesn't see this, because I know what I'll be doing for the next few weeks...

I've done various things with pallet wood... from making simple shelves to end tables. The most annoying part for me is splitting them apart. The nails used in the ones I get are incredibly difficult to simply pull out. I end up breaking more nails than I pull out.
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Old 01-06-2015, 02:07 PM
 
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Pretty neat. My father-in-law has made quite a few really nice dressers out of oak pallets that he has run through a planner after taking them apart.
The only trouble there is miss one nail and it's hello $100 bill for new planer blades. I don't even like like running knotty pine through mine.
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm apparently on the wrong end of the supply line. I've been in this business for 54 years now and I've never gotten oak pallets with wood that looks like that. And where did they get such big ones? Brick and roofing comes on pallets and none of it's any where near this size. There's a pallet recycle center on the way to my cuzins place and they don't have anything near that size in the several hundred thousands of pallets they have. Frankly, I'm calling this one Bull Bagels. And then they show a little cup of nails. The pallets I get must have 50-60 per each pallet. They should have a 5 gallon can overflowing. Nope, I'm not believing this one.
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Old 01-07-2015, 06:18 AM
 
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I saw a guy selling bathroom vanities out of them
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Old 01-07-2015, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Seems like way too much work for what they ended up with. If used mismatched wood was the look they were after, then good for them. And they did a great job.
However, its not what I would want.
In the past I have done a lot of work with pallets. To build the furniture I did I had to do a lot of cutting and glue work to get boards without a bunch of old nail holes in them. There is also a huge variety in the wood species they use for pallets, so there was a lot of culling to separate the oak out for my projects. I had a small mountain of "reject wood" when I was done. I also replaced a couple planer and saw blades from broken off nails I missed.
Looking at the photos of them working gave me shudders (remembering my experience).

Pallets were used to "transport coconut oil to the US". So, that would make the pallets "imports" and the wood itself may or maynot be oak. Whatever it was, there appears to be an abundant supply- hence, the size of the boards.
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