Asked on Nov 03, 2015

Do I have to remove pallet nails?

I disassembled the pallet by sawing through the nails. When I tried to remove the nails from the boards they would not budge. I don't mind the look at all of the nail heads being there. Is there any other reason why I should remove the nails? I'm attaching the photo that shows what I am hoping to achieve. Thanks!!
  5 answers
  • Z Z on Nov 03, 2015
    Not that I know of. I agree that it would add some extra character to your wall. Please take before, during and after pictures to come back and share with us. I'd love to see it.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 03, 2015
    That is a very unique piece of art you created and personally I think the nails add to your personality of style.
  • Carol Perkins Carol Perkins on Nov 04, 2015
    if you can't pull them, saw them flush. then use a hammer and an awl to recess them and fill with wood dough.
    • Meredith Moen McConnell Meredith Moen McConnell on Nov 04, 2015
      @Carol Perkins I tried the hammer and awl and the nails just won't budge, can't imagine doing that 60 times for each pallet lol - hoping I can leave them in.
  • Nostromo Nostromo on Nov 04, 2015
    If you cut the nails off and grind the jagged ends such that they're smooth and flush, there should be no reason to remove them completely. Just position the boards such that all the nail heads are uniformly on the outside (or inside) as the boards are placed on the wall. And be EXTREMELY careful about the pallets you use! Recycling/upcycling them is a grand idea, but pallets can contain whatever chemicals were shipped on them throughout their lifespans. Take care not to use old pallet wood in places where children are bound to rub them with their hands. (The same goes for old cross ties as well.) If you're not sure about the pedigree of either the pallets or the wood, remember to seal them LIBERALLY with paint, polyurethane or 'polycrylic.'
  • Melissa Melissa on Nov 08, 2015
    There is no REAL reason to have to remove the nails. And I agree, they do add character to the project. If I were you I would just saw them flush and leave them. Looks like a great project. KCCO. (Keep Calm and Craft On)