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

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″ construction blades (trust me – the few bucks are worth it – and they last forever).
3rd Tip - How to disassemble. Set it on its side and simply slice through the nails on each end. Then – head down the middle row doing the same thing and in no time you have a lot of pallet wood great for all of your crafts! (we have a step by step pictorial on our blog post below to take you through it.)

To see more: http://oldworldgardenfarms.com/2012/09/18/building-with-pallets-how-to-disassemble-a-pallet-with-ease-for-great-wood/

  • Z
    on Sep 18, 2012

    Great tip about the sawzall Jim or Mary.

  • Old World Garden Farms
    Old World Garden Farms Newark, OH
    on Sep 18, 2012

    Thank you so much Becky - we finally go the hang after disassembling a few hundred :) :)

  • Z
    on Sep 18, 2012

    LOL Oh no! 8^O Took that long huh?

  • Terry S
    Terry S Fort White, FL
    on Sep 20, 2012

    love this an i am goin to do it, thanks for the infor,

  • Hamtil Construction LLC
    Hamtil Construction LLC Saint Louis, MO
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Good tip! Do you look for untreated pallets for your projects? I know several varieties exist, and it always concerns me when people use them for interior projects. Just curious.

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