I look at these and think of how our old house was built so many, many years ago....hauled in creosote railroad ties which became the house...smelly...but no bugs...LOL...an old wood stove, large copper kettle to heat water, all water was hauled in drums, we even drank it when it was rusty and glad to have it....old sad irons on the stove to iron with, water was precious, one big tub...Dad first, then Mom, then baby brother, then me, then the floors and the old outhouse got what dirty water was left to scrub down the seats...LOL...many memories..we would have loved to have pallets.....
Found a special built pry bar, to take pallets apart, without breaking up the boards. One can be bought or would be easy to build, if you have a welder. The cabinets look great. Have built a number of cabinets made from blued pine. The lumber is cut from dead trees and has blue streaks running thru it.
Post by indypartridge on Nov 30, 2017 16:16:19 GMT
When we first moved to our cabin, I looked at all kinds of plans for things to build from pallets. I got a truck load at the feed store with the intent to build a wood shed.
What I learned: 1) Around here, pallets are made with hardwood 2) You can forget about pounding nails - you just get bent nails 3) Driving screws won't work unless you drill pilot holes first 4) Drill bits break surprisingly often on old, dry, hardwood
A dozen years later, my wood is stacked on pallets, covered by a tarp.
Around here pallets are horrible, splintery knotted wood often only half planks and all very low quality pines they also cost more to buy than new wood of the same quality. For some reason people think it's cool to make things out of them so it holds the price up. as to the kitchen I like the cabinets but not the wall or the counter top
we ourselves also die;
but one thing never dies
the fame of him who has earned it
Many times there's nothing wrong with the wood. It would have been industrial grade but some flaw makes it either chipboard or pallet material. Some of the really hard wood could be short hardwood oak or walnut ends. One needs a nail gun for those, not a hammer. Some is even exotic or rare tropical wood that would otherwise cost a fortune to buy, especially if from the Far East or Philippines.
We built our whole house from complete 4'x4' pallets. Double thick walls, lots of insulation. But the pallets are all covered up now and for all intents and purposes it's stick built. I probably wouldn't have the patience to pull them apart.