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Dismantling A Pallet Correctly – Free Lumber Done Right

palletIs there a woodworker that hates to get low cost or even free lumber? I haven’t heard of one myself the past 15 years I have been working with lumber. Many hit up different places for old pallets. There is a lumber store down the road from me that actually just burns all of their old ones. So they aren’t hard to find.

The problem though, isn’t finding the pallets, it is the waste that comes from trying to dismantle them. The companies that build the pallets will assemble them with nail guns, and most of them will use nails that have glue on them. And we all know how that works. The nail comes out of the shaft so quickly that it heats up the glue on the nail, and once the nail is in there and cools – you can’t just pull it out.

Because of this, when you try to disassemble a pallet by beating on it with a hammer, you end up busting up the wood. Sometimes it will even crack the individual board completely from one end to the other. Watch this video by the “famous” Al Forte as he shows us how to dismantle a pallet the right way – without causing waste:

pallet image at top from Mike Mozart on flickr.com


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