Anyone done a project with wood pallets? Question!

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

You can oretty much sand anything smooth unless the wood is rotten. My Dad makes furniture out of old barnwood and he’s able to smooth that, you just need an industrial type sander since you have to take much more off before it’s smooth.

Post # 4
2580 posts
Sugar bee


RedHeadKel:  Yes be careful of the pallets some have some pretty nasty chemicals  to treat them.

Post # 5
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Pallets can be pretty nasty as PPs have said.  They’re usually heavily treated to prevent rot and mould growth.  I’d look for other types of reclaimed wood.

Post # 6
177 posts
Blushing bee

If you can find reclaimed barn wood you will have better luck. Pallets are sprayed and coated with chemicals to prevent rotting, mold and basically anything leaking on to them. Sometimes what comes off can be toxic. That headboard is dreamy, I really love the sounds of your bedroom. Post pics when you are done, please!

Post # 7
2246 posts
Buzzing bee

MissCountryGirl727:  I have only used wood pallets for building projects as they splinter horribly and are not a very nice wood material. I would try to source some reclaimed wood for that type of project. It would be much easier to sand down as well as measure and cut. Wood pallets are kind of a nightmare to take apart, assuming you’re talking about the literal pallets that are used to ship items, etc.

Post # 9
12870 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The pallets I’ve seen and got are just plain old crap.  We burn them to get rid of them cause they are so worthless.  We DIY a lot and have a stock pile of spare wood from other projects, so if they were in a condition to use at all, we would have kept them.  Maybe your pallets are in better shape?  Only you can tell that if you can take a look at them before deciding.

Post # 10
2246 posts
Buzzing bee

MissCountryGirl727:  I would think a salvage yard or antique shop that sells architectural and building pieces, but not sure where else to try. Where I used to live, there were lots of old barns everywhere and it wasn’t uncommon to get materials from a land owner who didn’t use the barn.  I think if the pallets you’re talking about are a nicer wood (you mentioned oak) and they’ve been heat treated for bugs, then that would be fine too….I just hate trying to tear apart pallets! hah

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