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

Pallet and Wood Ideas 48 minutes 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″

  • A sawzall can make all the difference
  • You can use pallet wood to build anything - we even built our chicken coop with it!
  • By following the simple steps - you can end up with great wood pieces like these in just minutes!

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  • John Vogel
    John Vogel New Lenox, IL
    You can get a decent one really cheaply at Harbor Freight Tools - no need to spend big bucks on the big names.
    • Barbie Belle
      Barbie Belle Wirtz, VA
      John Vogel and our local Harbor Freight also has pallets free for the taking (at least they used to be free a couple of years ago)!
  • Micky
    Micky Beverly Hills, CA
    What's the difference between a sawzall and a jigsaw? Anything?
    • Lindsay Arbon
      Lindsay Arbon Laveen, AZ
      A sawzall has a reciprocating blade that extends out forward, when a jigsaw has a blade that reciprocates down ward. So a sawzall is great at sawing many things that require awkward angles without requiring a stable surface while a jigsaw requires that
  • Michael Huber
    Michael Huber Watauga, TN
    Sawzal is a jigsaw on steroids. Jigsaw is too light weight to be effective and the blades would just break.
  • John Vogel
    John Vogel New Lenox, IL
    Another name for a sawzall is a reciprocating saw. Think of it more like a powered handsaw. It's actually built for this kind of heavy duty rough work like demolition, where a jigsaw is made for finer, lighter, more accurate work.
    • Bang Guts
      Bang Guts Grass Valley, CA
      John Vogel Actually, reciprocating saw is what they're called, Sawzall is just what Milwaukee calls their models.
  • Angela
    Angela Australia
    The trouble with that idea is you can not put it through a plainer it will bust up the blade :-/

    I know it takes time but I find that given time I can pull a pallet apart in about 30 minutes and with Dad and working as a

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