Money Saving Hacks for Woodworking – Using Reclaimed Pallet Wood

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In this video, I’m going to review money saving tips for woodworking.
Everyone wants to save money when acquiring wood and using pallet wood is one way of doing this, but it’s not without its pitfalls. In this video, I will share my experience in using reclaimed pallet wood and what you need to do in order to make usable woodworking boards and pallet wood projects from it.

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Gilbert Robles says:

Wow. Thank you sir. You talked about things I hadn't even considered. Very informative.
Question: are you aware of any type of information or identity that we can search for on the pallets that will tell us its safe to use for furniture and so on ? Like you mentioned food grade are a potential (if you can get your hands on it).

Al St Aubin says:

Good video. I use pallets all the time. I actually found a great source in my area. Company that gives me a trailer full every 6 months if i want them (5×8 Trailer) Build small projects but it is a lot of work but my budget keeps me from buying lumber all the time.

Blakehx says:

I don't really mind using pallet wood… it makes good kindling and if you have a lot it's perfect for bonfires! πŸ™‚

Mike Pierce says:

I use pallet wood to make the sides for yoyos. I make yoyo kits for Cub Scouts to learn how to use tools to build with.

Carl Murray says:

One source for good pallets are manufacturing plants that get a lot of material that is susceptible to damage if not shipped on heavy pallets. I presently get pallets from a plant that uses a lot of aluminum and copper coil stock. These will have 6/4 x 3 1/2 slates and 12/4 x 3 1/2 runners. These will be alder, maple, oak, cherry and sycamore. Some will have splits and knots but a lot of usable wood for lathe projects.

I once worked at a plant that made generators and the stator laminations came in on pallets with 8/4 x 4-6” oak slates. These were a real treat and there was always a scramble to get hold of the next one.

Guy H. says:

Colin, I very much like watching your videos. But unfortunately, this wasn't a good one in my humble opinion. There are lots of different ways to break pallets down, lots of ways to remove the nails. If you use a little bit of sense, pallet wood is good stuff. I would have liked to see different methods of break down. One of my dislikes of pallet wood is that they use a corkscrew like nail, which always seems to crack & wreck the boards one is trying to use. BUT! I will continue to watch what you do as I really enjoy them! 😊😊😊

Rays woodshop says:

You aint a kidding they are a lot of work to dismantle, I am starting to rethink this idea and just use what I already have lol.

patrick holcomb says:

from the fine woodworking background you have, I get your point, but, I like the stains, knots, and checks/cracks. It becomes part of the art, nostalgia, and coloration. I personally love it. try going to a big box store and picking up something other thnt red oak 1" or 1.46" white oak for less than $5/bf

Eric Chandler says:

The best application of pallet wood is decorative surfacing or as an inlay to add a rustic look. It requires very little cutting and very little to no resurfacing. The wood may be treated, stained or left natural. Its fun experiment with different stains, oils and sealers to create a variety of looks.

Byron Constance says:

One of my first projects was with pallets, but they weren't the typical size, shape or materials. They were used to deliver some ditch-witch machines for cable trenching. They were about 16ft long, had 4x4s for a cage/cover type assembly. Sort of an open frame box. Some of the wood was 2×6, 2×8 and some was 1 x 6. I used the posts to make legs, and used two of the long pieces to make a shelf down the side if my garage. It was about 4 ft high, so tall enough to put the lawn mower and other stuff out of the way with storage on top. I used the 2 x 6s and some of the 4x4s to make a workbench. Best free stuff I ever used.

mammothfilms says:

Great video! Pallet wood in my area is hit or miss. If I get access to free pallets that aren’t ideal for any builds, I place them in my unfinished attic. They have made available much more storage space. This frees up garage space and allows more room for tools and building stuff!

Blakehx says:

Unfortunately, most of the pallets I find are really just a good source for shingles!

JSTR says:

Very interesting. It's apparent people don't understand the word 'cost'. It 'costs' to go and get 'free' stuff (pallet wood). How many hours spent collecting, and breaking down. Cost of gas and the cost of the vehicle to go and get it. Insurance and vehicle maintenance. After that is figured out, you can figure out how much a board foot of pallet wood actually costs. You will find out real quick that it ain't free nor is the wood cheap. Well, the wood is cheap but not inexpensive. You have some expensive cheap wood.

Geert Anthonis says:

I guess I have only ever encountered top quality pallets, NOT! I have never bought any wood as so much is being thrown away. Pallets, shop remodeling, houses being renovated or just torn down, wood left after events, shipping crates, discarded furniture even used christmas trees,… there is no end the waste of wood. Both in Taiwan, where I used to live and here in Belgium it costs money, sometimes a lot of it, to dispose of all that waste. People are very happy someone wants to take away some of it. Yes it takes time to disassemble a pallet but I use two long and two short crowbars and a hammer. It takes between 15 to 20 min. to take one apart and remove all the nails. I have rarely seen pallets with gravel or earth in them. Most of the time I can recoup complete boards with barely visible marks of where the nails were. I have built a workbench, tables, shelves, display cases, a dog house, a sofa set, a trunk to store toys and more mostly with pallet wood. Most people did not believe me when I told them only recycled wood was used.
One tip: if at first the boards don't budge hit the nails hard on the head. This loosens them and allows you to lift the board more easily.

Bo sal says:

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Joshua Buddha says:

I learned nothing

RO BT says:

Good observation about the coloured pallets – in the UK (and also IIRC in Aus) the blue or pink pallets belong to logistics companies who rent them to their customers. Like cardboard boxes, pallets do have a surprisingly high initial cost; my local diy store charges a $40 deposit if you want to borrow one. So there is a cost to your "free" wood – just be grateful that someone else is paying it!

Kent Hendrix says:

All I use pallet wood for is making signs. I cut the wood between the 2×4's and sand and round the edges. I then wood burn sayings and slogans into the boards, along with some cute graphics, i.e. "Never trust a Skinny Cook!", or, "Cats are like potato chips, you can never have just one!"…I then attach some cheap screw hooks along with a piece of hay twine and I sell these for 10 bucks at the local farmers market.

Carl Genneteau says:

trop bavard et chiant

aivenssar says:

This video convinced me not to use pallet wood. I don't necessarily care for the "look." So not worth it for me. I'm not spending time brushing crappy wood or ruining my planer.

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