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

DIY 11 hours 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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  • Pattiecake51
    Pattiecake51 State Road, NC
    Personally I think the nail heads add the character you are looking for. Although if you are going to plane you need them completely removed. If they aren't planed you will have a 'dusting' nightmare (as in keeping the dust off of them - housecleaning)
  • Susan O'Rear Phillips
    Someone mentioned before that it's better to use a certain blade on the sawzall. Don't remember what they said....
  • John Vogel
    John Vogel New Lenox, IL
    There are long blades that are designated for wood with mails, made for demolition work. That's what you want, as the blade will have to be long enough to get a little curve into where you want to cut the nails.
  • Phillipcardjr
    phillipcardjr Endicott, NY
    I wasn't sure how well the sawsal would do, thankyou for showing how well it actually does. I spent a lot of time trying other means to separate the boards one worked okay but there was still too much waste and time involved. Here is a photo of one
  • Barryshannan
    Best time to strip down a pallet is when it wet our damp the Wood doesn't spit so badly then leave to dry before using, sorted,
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