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Ok, what do you do to treat / prep pallet wood to make something out of it.

I don’t do anything to my pallet wood before building with it. Am I suppose too?

Not much prep work, sand it down and rip any edges straight if needed.


I don’t do anything with mine either. I look for newer or some aging signs. I dont take anything black in color

Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

Cut the main boards out of the pallet and toss them in the corner for a few weeks, I’ve gotten a number of them that weren’t fully dry. After that joint and plane and build. I’ve made a dozen rocking dinosaur bases out of red oak pallet wood and never had to do more then let it dry a little and use as normal.

I remove any sign of old wood by ripping planing and cutting off before dimensioning to size. Some people use the raw wood then add a finish to seal it. I prefer to see the true grain before building.

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

Most are pine but look at the markings on the pallet. You can identify any chemicals in the wood online via the markings.
Pallets are endlessly recycled. Some may have nasty chemicals embedded

I treat it like any other reclaimed wood.

as you can see others think quite a lot of Pallet timber, including myself, so I was wondering if you would consider changing the title to a more socially acceptable name?

Take a look at this dumpster recovery.

Regards Rob

Pallet timber. LOL!

Losing fingers since 1969