I love furniture from pallets, but I always order new pallets for this.
Paraphrasing: "I buy cheap new wood to build furniture. It is delivered to me in the form of pallets, which I disassemble to harvest the wood that I bought."
I think you missed my point.
I believe that reusing pallet wood started out as a recycling idea to keep some of it out of our landfills. That seems to have changed, and now pallet wood is a new design "style."
You cannot easily tell the difference between toxic pallet wood and safe pallet wood. Because of that, it is a BAD IDEA to introduce pallet wood into our homes. We do not want to get used to having pallet wood in our living areas.
Ignorant, careless, or greedy people will make stuff from toxic pallet wood. Imagine an unsuspecting young couple buying a toxic pallet wood coffee table. They throw it away after a few years. One of them dies 30 years later at the ripe old age of 54, never knowing that the long forgotten toxic pallet wood coffee table was the catalyst that triggered their illness.
We don't want clean new "pallet wood" in our homes for the same reason that we don't put baby food in new insecticide jars or mix salad dressing in new paint thinner cans. That should be common sense.
Note to others:
I am not as naive as the post would make it seem. I realize that wood is wood. Once separated from pallets, its origin may be lost, especially if cleaned up or sanded down. You can also get toxic waste on wood that did not come from pallets.
Nonetheless, pallet wood is intended for specific purposes that may include contact with toxic waste. Once it is labeled "pallet wood", it should not be introduced into our homes, whether clean or not. That's my point.