Visions of paradise on a dime store budget

Old 05-24-13, 06:37 AM
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Visions of paradise on a dime store budget

I've found instructions on how to build very cool looking outdoor furniture using pallet wood. Anyone here tried this or have any pointers?
Old 05-24-13, 06:51 AM
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One of my businesses generates a lot of leftover pallets so I'm always giving them away to whoever wants them. Several people have gotten stacks of them to make outdoor furniture, garden fences or to use as rustic shed siding. I've kept in touch with everyone and so far nobody has completed a project or actually made anything.

They all started with high hopes but soon realized that pallets are very difficult to take apart to get the wood. They are usually assembled with glue coated, ring shanked or spiraled nails that are difficult or impossible to remove. Many of the nail heads are sunk into the wood so they can't be grabbed to pull. Pounding often breaks the wood or pulls the nail heads through the wood damaging it. One person tried using a reciprocating saw to cut between the boards and cut the nails but gave up because it was too slow a process.

Now I have a very large steel fire pit at home. We have bonfire parties and throw whole pallets on for spectacular blazes. After they burn down the hard pine and oak leaves a beautiful bed of coals perfect for roasting.

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