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Can you make something out of a pallet? I gave looked around but no true answer.
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I made this out of a 4 x 4 oak pallet and a scrap piece of plywood.

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That is really nice
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Amazing...

I've never seen a pallet that from which furniture grade wood could be salvaged.

Use the right tool for the job.

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I've used pallet wood for a couple of projects. I always keep it for a while and store it in a manner that it can air dry, as it may be a little on the moist side.

My dad often used it when I was a kid. He got cheap wood and I learned how to pull nails.

The panels in this desk came from pallet wood.

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And I'm starting off by making a pallet bird house lol
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Can you make something out of a pallet? I gave looked around but no true answer.
Look in decorator magazines. Pallets are the latest craze. I don't see it but their using them for things like headboards, benches and coffee tables. There is even a guy here that is building a firewood storage building out of pallets. Another guy is dismantling them and making flooring.
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if nothing else if you can get them for free it is good wood to practice technique with. I am going to grad a fe aat my work and practice mortise and tendon joinery, and dovetails with.
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Amazing...

I've never seen a pallet that from which furniture grade wood could be salvaged.
Takes some creative re-sawing and glue-up but it can be done. Size limitations are a hassle at times. I've been lucky to find pallets at times with 4x4 runners and a lot of Quarter Sawn stock can be gleaned from those. Being a Cheap old Curmedgeon I scour the alley-ways looking. Heck, I've found Mahogany, Walnut and once found a pallet made from Bubinga!!!
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Wow that's crazy but hey a begginer has to start some where. Being a pallet or any other wood hopefully you can make use of it
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I've been tearing apart skids lately myself.
Sounds cheap, but let me tell you I've found some great wood by doing this, and it's mostly free. Other than my firewood shed, I'm working on building a head and foot board out of pallets. Lots of cherry, oak,and ash.ill post picks when it's done.

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Hey can someone tell me how you can tell pallet wood apart? Also here's my first ever pallet bird house
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Had some very large products shipped in and was looking at the skids they came in on. I thought I would give it a try and cut them into usable material. As I picked them up I was trying to identify the wood and took a bite out of one piece. It was very soft and porous. Decided it was some kind of soft wood and wasn't worth the trouble for the yield. Had it been hardwood or at least hard wood. I might have made the effort.

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Back in the 1960's, before I had any woodworking facilities (or was even interested) some of the Japanese motorcycles came in teak crates on teak pallets. This ended up in the dumpsters - I hope there were some "pickers" back then so that teak didn't go to waste.
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What could we all do with teak?

My answer a lot ....
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