Don't want to get on anyone's bad side, but I don't mind the original post. For whatever reason you come here, welcome.
I like the cabin as well. Have done a few pallet wood projects. I have a very safe supply which is a facility with the most dangerous material they receive on the pallets that could spill is salt water. As an environmental scientist, I am concerned about what we come into contact with on a daily basis, but I don't side with many that have what appears to be an irrational fear of pallets. Willing to change my mind, but a few simple rules should keep you safe. Only use pallets stamped HT (heat treated), never use pallets from sources that are likely to transport hazardous materials, and never use pallets that show any signs of spillage such as wet stains, smears, or powder residues.
Sorry, but an environmental scientist should know about the effects of trace quantities of dangerous chemicals in the environment. I do not claim to be an environmental scientist, but I do know that many chemicals can be present in harmful levels that cannot be detected by the "signs of spillage". Furthermore, few people can know the history of the pallets they encounter, including whether or not they were ever used to transport hazardous materials.
Because pallet wood can be toxic in ways that cannot be detected, we should not be using anything labeled as pallet wood for human contact and use. Not everyone is as smart as you to know which woods are safe and which are not. Encouraging people to make projects from pallet wood is irresponsible, plain and simple. It is not a matter of irrational fear of pallets; I handle them frequently without concern. I don't build projects from them, and I would not bring them into my living environment. That's common sense. If nothing else, it sets a very bad example for others.
Pallet wood = toxic wood
. It should always be treated that way. If you are sure it is safe wood, don't call it "pallet wood", because others do not have the tools to differentiate between safe and unsafe wood.
Expecting people to know and follow safe practices as the sole protection against toxic exposure to bad pallet wood is not an appropriate measure. Such methods are not working in computer security, for example. It did not work when people made bread from pink toxic seeds intended for planting, either. I could cite many other examples, but you get the point, I hope.
Ignorant people will re-use pallet wood in inappropriate ways and be irreparably harmed by it. It is almost inevitable. Let me be blunt. People will die because of irresponsible encouragement to reuse pallet wood. Their deaths will be on your hands. You will never know who died as a result of your encouragement, because their deaths will occur decades from now. Many people with toxic pallet wood will die of other causes. The few exceptions will never know that the toxic pallet wood they bought or used, discarded and forgotten decades earlier, was the root cause of their death many years later. The statistical uptick that represents those who died as a result will never be attributed to your encouragement to use toxic pallet wood. It isn't murder, but a lawyer might say something like, "callous disregard for human life."
Actively encouraging people to use pallet wood is irresponsible, and should stop immediately
. Can I make it more plain than that?