we all have access to pallets bro. they're called loading bays. the wood is about good for kinderling but not really because nasty chemical treatments. older pallets are quite nice. the local antique store has a wall built out of pallets. mind you this was when it was a train depot and those pallets were left there from horse and carriage days and so resemble modern pallets in no way.
>>731268 if they're colored in any way they're treated. heavily. should be fine if you seal it with paint or epoxy. of course for the price of epoxy you could just buy cheap timber and rub it down with linseed oil.
>>731376 actually this furniture is preddy gud. but something is wrong. I've never seen pallets in such good condition. it looks like its even 19mm thick. I dont think these are actually pallets like the kind you or I could find. possibly stolen from a packaging plant where they're made. I dont see how you could get any amount of usable wood from pallets that have been left in the rain to swell and crack and gone through several cycles of this.
Paintball field, build a fort or some shit. if you design a fort, tell a paintball place you'll make one of these will they be interested in buying it or giving you somthing like 20,000 paintballs and 1 year of free games. I know the local paintball place says they would be interested in doing deals like that
other than that fuck all other than maybe outdoor furniture.
Build a table, shelf, get a good trailer and make a mobile trailer home. Heck, go ahead and make a boat. Just sand and plane, and nail/notch/glue that thing. Then get a small thing of epoxy for vehicles or in a metal tank, some newspaper, and paint/paint/paint. Til you got a good, hard sheet of it over the whole thing. Keeps chemicals and elements out, works best if you dry that wood to hell, hook it up to a lot of well sealed garbage bags/ contractor style, and hook it up to a dehumidifier at highest setting. Let it run for a week. Check back, clean and finish. Seal with the epoxy and enjoy. A little goes a LONG way. Stain it if the wood is even a little good for added visual value.
Heck, if you got as much as you think, make plywood boards yourself with that wood, as well as composite 2x4 and such. Never have too much treated wood. That shit is not cheap, but will last a LONG time usually.
>>731268 >>731273 yeah - if they have some sort of 'stain' then they might have something 'in' them ; but it is incredibly rare. NOW if they are painted it will probably be cheap acrylic in this day-and-age : it's not good to burn. A 'fumigated' pallet has only been gassed : it is hardly more dangerous than the skirting-board in your house. Some pallets have markings about treatment to stop transport of , say , wood-borers or fungi but again it will hardly release unless you "sand" or burn the pallet. They are usually labelled - read them.
>>731161 Grind em all into sawdust Mix with glue Mold into plywood boards Nigga you got solid wood boards, build a house; desk; workbench; door; toolshed; skateboard; wooden sword; replace floorboards; mini golf course; wooden sculptures; crutches; artificial bones and limbs for those with weak knees; wood teeth; bedframe; cool looking box; firewood; miniature statue of Machiavelli; moms spaghetti
The blue pallets have the better wood, but they still suck. I tried carving one but the would was too soft to hold its shape. You could probably make a labrynth or similar non load bearing structure, I guess.
>>732009 >wood teeth > artificial bones and limbs for those with weak knees
fucking wut. lmao
OP. if you have the tools, pallet wood is good practice wood for making boxes and shit, and working on your joinery.. that's all I've used it for, other then flower pots, but I just basically glued the board in a round shape, and stuck a 5 gallon pickle bucket in the middle to actually hold all the soil.
So people who are making desks like these, pallets are so big, are they chopping them in half width ways?
I want to make a desk, with two of these side to side, but I want to use the front holes, like pic related for drawers... I assume after cutting one of these I half you have to add back some support right?
I personally think the pallet wood thing is played out and looks trashy as fuck. Only useful if you find a good oak or other hardwood pallet, plane the wood down smooth, and use it for not stupid looking "upcycled" hobo furniture.
>>731161 My friend made an amazing pallet table by turning them into butcher board basically. Lots of work to plane it down, and probably 1/3-1/2 of the wood got turned into sawdust, so a bit wasteful too.
>>731587 if you run a planer on them a couple of times then varnish it all they can look pretty good sometimes wallmart or places like that will give them to you if you ask so they don't have to carry it off
An electric company. You can burn the wood to make electric. Since you have an unlimited supply, you can also make a shipping company to ship it world wide for super cheap prices. Basically, you can now rule the world in so many ways.
>>731175 the wood can still be usable if you refinish it alright. I'm working on a start-up to make portable wooden speakers out of recycled pallet wood & the look of the wood went from shit to awesome.
Pic related, the actually prototype looks much more finished as of late
>>736615 thats been the process so far, I've also been sourcing the pallets from less... dangerous companies. Granted I'll need to do more research but the wood in this one is taken from a cafeteria, probably wrong here but I figure there is less nasty chemicals in this pallet then say if I got it from somewhere else
>>736618 >>736619 Pallets are often reused and even rebuilt. Just because you get it from behind a cafe doesn't mean it wasn't used for something nasty on its last trip. Hell, I know of a local render (knacker for you British types) that uses pallets for large animals so he can use a forklift on them. When the flat boards break he trades them into to the local pallet yard for new ones and the old ones are rebuilt and sent off to someone else. Sometimes the animals hes working with have been dead a week or more.
I get pallets from work. The vast majority are odd size single use untreated softwood in mint condition, but I occasionally get better marked EUR pallets which while they might have been used multiple times meaning they are dirty with something uncertain, they are mostly thick hardwood boards and still untreated. I know the nature of our business though so I presume they are mostly just dirty. Yeah I get some shifty looking ones which have been patched/repaired with random planks which look treated, but these are a tiny minority.
I save them up then I break them down into planks and waste wood. The pallet feet are usually hardwood blocks, but are sometimes compressed sawdust and resin, those are nasty junk, I use them around the garden/garage if I need something to beat or drill against.
I've got a decent stack of planks and maybe 30 pallets remaining to break and next spring I'm going to build a permanent wood store with them. The waste planks and hardwood feet I break up for kindling for lighting the stove. The stuff I consider unsafe to burn I don't tend to sweat too much, I'm going to use that which is usable for the woodshed and I burn some of it, I know it isn't ideal, but I can't bring myself to throw out the odd few sticks of kindling.
The best is when I get deliveries with untreated hardwood batons used as spacers/impact protectors. Those kick ass for firewood.
>>731268 If your pallet is stamped with "HT" or "HEAT TREATED" then they are relatively safe to use. If not, no. Don't burn them. Don't use them as interior furniture/decoration unless you really want to get cancer 20 years later.
Hey guys, I have this slightly used pallet here. Once its done with its current task what should I make with it? I'd like to use it for something indoors, preferably with food. Maybe a cutting board? Thanks.
These are a bunch of pallets stacked up inside my local grocery store. I just took this pic today around 3:30am local time (restocking time). See the red ones? They are made by PECO. PECO heat treats their pallets and doesn't use any chemicals on them (so they claim). They are yellow pine or douglas fir. Good pallets, well made. PECO rents them to different places and always inspects and repairs them when they come back. They generally have long lives.
See how they are sandwiched between other pallets? Who made those pallets? How where they treated? What did they carry on them? Where will they be stored after this? On the ground in the back where the forklifts drive around? By the dumpsters? In the back of a semi trailer? Have they ever had food spilled on them? Dairy? Meat? Cleaning products? The wood isn't treated or sealed and is often times not even planed. Or gets so roughed up over time that it might as well not have been. Wood is porous, like a sponge. It soaks shit up. What kind of protection are you wearing as you cut, sand and plane this wood? Now you want to put it inside your home? The thing I find funny is a lot of the people that go in for this pallet shit are the same people freaking out about volatile compounds in the paint they use on their walls. Its like a smoker being a vegan for health reasons; it just doesn't make sense.
I just want to add to this that you people concerned about chemical treatments are raising a good point which is worth knowing and the potential risk can then be easily managed by rejecting certain pallets for certain applications.
The rest of you bitching about cancers/dead animals touching your pallets/cleaning products/yard dirt need to get a fucking grip.
Oh no pallets touching the pure ones on a shop floor! They are bound to be highly toxic and evil! In a fucking supermarket surrounded by edible produce!
We all know a life lived contains a measure of risk. I'm not trying to be hard about it to the point of foolhardy behaviour, admittedly when I rented small apartments in the city I was exposed to very little except consumer culture and as a result thought everything was pretty extreme and potentially lethal, but once I moved out of the city and bought an old house and got some land you suddenly realise there is death and dirt and shit everywhere and people are actually busy getting on with it because the alternative of inactivity is too horrible to contemplate.
Yeah I'd build something out of a pallet that has had a dead animal on it. Someone is going to actually eat that dead animal, most likely while squatting on the floor amongst the dirt that the pallet is sat upon. They might use the pallet for a seat while doing so. They might rim their buddy and forget to floss straight afterwards too.
>>731161 make crates and sell them to stupid ass hipsters on etsy because they are "rustic home accents" make some stencils that appeal to the "art of manliness" faggot hipster tryhard niche, like "Johnson and Sullivan Co. Razor Strops circa. 1924" or "ACME dymantite [40 sticks]" and paint or burn them onto the crates leave em out in the sun for a week and label them "UV sanitized" "All natural" and "gluten free/organic" they'll gobble that shit up like crack laced hotcakes
I made some coffee tables for myself and friends with some old pallets from some guy on Craigslist. I even made my cat some shelves with it.
>>738519 >make crates and sell them to stupid ass hipsters on etsy because they are "rustic home accents" A buddy of mine bought a crate for $100 off Etsy when I could have made him a nicer one for a six pack of my favorite beer.
Some pallets are marked with MB which stands for Methyl Bromide. These mainly come from poor countries as it can no longer be used as a pesticide in proper countries
Whether you would want to use wood treated with MB I really don't know. It's probably not all that bad. I have some packing crates from India I would like to turn into trellis. The methyl bromide would kill off the creepy crawlies without me having to do anything, rite?
>>732345 'SUMMON CITY/TOWN FINES AND POLICE' old ladies and people with kids, "It's an eyesore, make them get rid of the junk, they must be selling drugs/ raping people/ doing THINGS" people trying to invest in properties nearby, "It's depreciating my properties values, get rid of it" communities needing extra funding, FINES AND SEIZURES crack/meth heads/ kids with matches, "We can do anything to it and we will be fine, heck even get FREE BEER from our fellow man" etc, etc, etc....
>>736728 >>736632 Yeah, dead animals and rubbish isn't much of a worry when you think about dirt. You walk on dirt. Dirt is pretty disgusting but there is not much you can do about it and wood has natural anti=septic qualities.
MB, which I'm pretty sure stands for methyl-bromide, and other chemicals are not something you want slowly leeching into your home. A lot of the pallets that come through customs are fumigated, they aren't even suitable for burning.
Pardon my terrible drawing, but this is an idea for pallet construction that I've been meaning to try for a while.
Take two complete pallets and some boards removed from a third. Fill the space between them with some insulation. Then, take the spare boards and join the pallets by attaching them to the sides, with an odd number on the top and left sides, and an even number on the bottom and right sides (I have three and two in my drawing but you'd want more). Now, assemble a lot of these, using the same scheme of boards on the sides. When you're finished, they should roughly interlock (odd-boarded side to even and vice-versa) and can be permanently joined with more spare boards. Assemble them into your desired form. Cover the inside with plywood or drywall, and put moisture barrier and siding on the outside.
>>731376 Who cares if they are hobo tier. I like the ideas and they are useful for shelving or for light/light-medium duty weight like a gardening bench or table, etc. Save your money for more important things like 401k/RRSP or food or clearing up debt.
>>731386 I've done this stuff locally here. I find my pallets from Kijiji/Craigslist and do cheap staining on the wood and spend the least amount of time making small boxes for storage and shelves and sell to students looking for cheap storage. The wood pallets are free (but I don't pickup for anything less then 5 pallets at a single location or combined location, say if a few pickup places are within 3km max of each other) but the cost of petrol is ~$3-10 round trip but most times averaging ~4.00 or less. A box of nails is like $3.00ish. Stain is like $3 (sometimes I will paint it with free paint or use shoe polish to stain it). I charge $30 a shelf or $10-15 a storage box. Material/paint cost for me is like $3ish per item give or take. Rest is profit. Student hipsters and greeny/vegan girls buy it up for the whole green thing. No complains here. 1hr a unit (include cutting) at lazyman speed or 15 mins each (no stain/paint) if in a rush.
>>737010 I dunno much about the safety aspect, but having stocked at walmart for a year I've used all the pallets in that picture.
those blue ones are a bitch. They're stupidly heavy and prone to splintering, The second one marked mws was my favourite, light weight and decently durable and they stack nicely. The red peco's were the best quality by far, but we only ever used them with expensive electronic skids, tvs and bulk consoles, shit like that. Those ones at the bottom are flimsy pieces of shit and we frequently took them out back and smashed them to pieces, because it was easier than getting them to stack properly.
>>737010 >>745084 also, the peco and mws pallets are never stored outside, though mws looks like the flimsy pallets at a glance so sometimes they got out accidentally. The blues and flimsy ones are taken out in stacks of 8 with a pallet jack and dumped out back to deal with the elements, and collected once a month by a pair of shipping trucks. Nobody gives a fuck if people take them. MWS and peco pallets are usually packed right back on the truck that brought them in once they're unloaded, but sometimes they get "lost"
>>737010 man, those four-way pallets were always such a luxury when i worked at a grocery store. nothing less fun than shifting three loaded pallets because you couldn't get the jack into the side of a regular pallet.
Diesel will burn just like any other oil will. It's not magic and it's not different.
The reason diesel is sprayed to get it to light up instantly is because the small droplet size helps vaporization. In the absence of being sprayed, any half-descent heat source will cause diesel to vaporize and burn. Take a saucer of diesel, add a wick hanging off the side and light the wick. Instant oil lamp.
Start a wood fire at the center to get your diesel-soaked-pallet tower going and after that they'll be no stopping it.
>>740842 I don't know if I would use it for food, but making them into charcoal should pyrolyse most of the bad shit out right? I also have access to free pallets from work and was thinking about doing this for my foundry and forge.
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