Building With Pallets – How to Easily Disassemble A Pallet In Minutes

Yard-Patio 2 days ago
As most of you know – we love to build with pallet wood. If you spend some time looking - it is usually pretty easy to find a source to get them for free – and if you find the right kind – the building potential is limitless. I thought for today's DIY post I would show how we go about taking a pallet from its current state to great usable wood in just a few minutes

Working with pallets – the first thing we realized early on is it is nearly impossible and too time consuming to worry yourselves with pulling out the nails. It is too easy to damage the wood with the claw and hammer or pry bar.

Instead, we opt for our sawzall method – which can disassemble a pallet in less than two minutes into 10 or more pieces of great usable wood. Besides – the left over embedded nail fragments actually add a ton of character to pieces when either stained or painted.

So – 1st Tip – Invest in a sawzall. They are the key to quickly destructing a pallet – and without damaging or splintering the wood. Yes, it's an expense – but the inexpensive ones will work just fine with pallets.

2nd Tip – forget about the little 5″ blade that comes with your sawzall. That will only frustrate you. Buy a couple of 12″

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  • Drdyson1204
    Great information. I've moved into an apartment and haven't been able to keep all my tools and don't have the space to do these kind of things anymore, darn it! But still love seeing the great ideas. Really enjoy working with the smaller, simpler
  • Veralucia Santos
    Congratulations! It is beautiful! I will copy it, okay?

    (translated from Portuguese): Parabéns!Está lindo, vou copiar, tá

  • Tom Young
    Tom Young Britt, IA
    We found this pry bar that works very well and very fast. It made tearing down pallets fast and easy. Its called the Pallet Paw and can be bought at
  • John Vogel
    John Vogel New Lenox, IL
    Those are nice but start at $64.99. I made myself one of these with 2 pry bars (on sale at Harbor Freight for $2.99 each) and a 2x4 from.... a pallet!I did have to buy 2 lag bolts, and I opted to use bolts instead of nails to hold the 2x4 cleats on for
  • Granada Hills, CA
    Where do i buy a Sawzall?
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