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I've been taking advantage of the Wuhan Virus shutdown, by
cleaning up the yard and stuff, today was break down the pile of
pallets.

Again I realized that pallets come in three kinds of wood.
- Hard wood
- Soft wood
- Fire wood.

Now to see what I'm going to do with all this.

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On 3/10/2020 2:13 AM, pyotr filipivich wrote:
I've been taking advantage of the Wuhan Virus shutdown, by
cleaning up the yard and stuff, today was break down the pile of
pallets.

Again I realized that pallets come in three kinds of wood.
- Hard wood
- Soft wood
- Fire wood.

Now to see what I'm going to do with all this.


When I was in the USAF in Alaska my unit received a shipment of electronic
equipment that had been pulled from a decommissioned operation in Thailand
(Vietnam war period). All of it was packed on several oversized beefy
pallets. One of the crew unpacking things took notice that the skids
supporting the pallets were made of teak -- probably over 4-inches square
and six feet long. Those disappeared almost instantly.

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On 3/10/2020 4:14 AM, John McGaw wrote:
On 3/10/2020 2:13 AM, pyotr filipivich wrote:
****I've been taking advantage of the Wuhan Virus shutdown, by
cleaning up the yard and stuff, today was break down the pile of
pallets.

****Again I realized that pallets come in three kinds of wood.
****-* Hard wood
****- Soft wood
****- Fire wood.

Now to see what I'm going to do with all this.


When I was in the USAF in Alaska my unit received a shipment of
electronic equipment that had been pulled from a decommissioned
operation in Thailand (Vietnam war period). All of it was packed on
several oversized beefy pallets. One of the crew unpacking things took
notice that the skids supporting the pallets were made of teak --
probably over 4-inches square and six feet long. Those disappeared
almost instantly.



A friend of mine worked for a while in the yard at a hardware store.
One of his duties was unloading trucks and breaking down pallets of
merchandise. He noted that pallets came in made of a variety of
different woods. Your typical rough cut soft woods, but he puled out
lots of pretty decent hardwoods and set them aside. He had grown up
working with his dad who was a fine furniture restorer.
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On Tue, 10 Mar 2020 07:40:20 -0700, Bob La Londe
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On 3/10/2020 4:14 AM, John McGaw wrote:
On 3/10/2020 2:13 AM, pyotr filipivich wrote:
****I've been taking advantage of the Wuhan Virus shutdown, by
cleaning up the yard and stuff, today was break down the pile of
pallets.

****Again I realized that pallets come in three kinds of wood.
****-* Hard wood
****- Soft wood
****- Fire wood.

Now to see what I'm going to do with all this.


When I was in the USAF in Alaska my unit received a shipment of
electronic equipment that had been pulled from a decommissioned
operation in Thailand (Vietnam war period). All of it was packed on
several oversized beefy pallets. One of the crew unpacking things took
notice that the skids supporting the pallets were made of teak --
probably over 4-inches square and six feet long. Those disappeared
almost instantly.



A friend of mine worked for a while in the yard at a hardware store.
One of his duties was unloading trucks and breaking down pallets of
merchandise. He noted that pallets came in made of a variety of
different woods. Your typical rough cut soft woods, but he puled out
lots of pretty decent hardwoods and set them aside. He had grown up
working with his dad who was a fine furniture restorer.

I salvaged a whole stack of 8 foot sheet metal pallets made of kiln
dried (mostly old growth) mixed hardwood and built a 10 x 10 shed out
of them. Had to drill pilot holes for virtually EVERY screw and
nail!!!
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John McGaw on Tue, 10 Mar 2020 07:14:37 -0400 typed
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On 3/10/2020 2:13 AM, pyotr filipivich wrote:
I've been taking advantage of the Wuhan Virus shutdown, by
cleaning up the yard and stuff, today was break down the pile of
pallets.

Again I realized that pallets come in three kinds of wood.
- Hard wood
- Soft wood
- Fire wood.

Now to see what I'm going to do with all this.


When I was in the USAF in Alaska my unit received a shipment of electronic
equipment that had been pulled from a decommissioned operation in Thailand
(Vietnam war period). All of it was packed on several oversized beefy
pallets. One of the crew unpacking things took notice that the skids
supporting the pallets were made of teak -- probably over 4-inches square
and six feet long. Those disappeared almost instantly.


Oh yeah. I have some very nice hardwood, I'm not sure what, which
came out of the core of the spools for steel cable. I also have some
mahogany from a shipping crate.
and so forth.
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Again I realized that pallets come in three kinds of wood.
- Hard wood
- Soft wood
- Fire wood.


Back in the late 1980s, early 1990s, when I worked in a warehouse and dealt with pallets, I usually saw only rough pine pallets. Its possible there might have been some other woods in there. But I was far less knowledgeable about wood back then

Standard shaped pallets are about 4 foot by 6 foot. Three 2x4s in the middle with cutouts at either end of the 2x4 so forklifts can pick them up from the side. Bottom slats are about 3 of them. Top slats are the whole 6 foot length with a half inch gap between slats. All of these slats are roughly 1x4s. Rough. So you'd be lucky to plane and joint them down to 1/2" thick finished. And the 2x4 middle pieces, by the time you trimmed off the cutouts on the bottom, you'd end up with only a 2x2 6 foot long.

So, unless you need rough wood, and mostly small pieces, pallets really don't provide good wood to use. Especially not furniture.
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" writes:
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Again I realized that pallets come in three kinds of wood. =20
- Hard wood
- Soft wood
- Fire wood.


Back in the late 1980s, early 1990s, when I worked in a warehouse and dealt=
with pallets, I usually saw only rough pine pallets. Its possible there m=
ight have been some other woods in there. But I was far less knowledgeable=
about wood back then

Standard shaped pallets are about 4 foot by 6 foot. Three 2x4s in the midd=
le with cutouts at either end of the 2x4 so forklifts can pick them up from=
the side. Bottom slats are about 3 of them. Top slats are the whole 6 fo=
ot length with a half inch gap between slats. All of these slats are rough=
ly 1x4s. Rough. So you'd be lucky to plane and joint them down to 1/2" th=
ick finished. And the 2x4 middle pieces, by the time you trimmed off the c=
utouts on the bottom, you'd end up with only a 2x2 6 foot long.

So, unless you need rough wood, and mostly small pieces, pallets really don=
't provide good wood to use. Especially not furniture.


I've made some very pretty boxes from pallet wood. Quartersawn white
oak, red oak, mahogany, teak, poplar and a few others.

I read somewhere that something like 60% of harvested hardwood is used
for pallets (the stuff that isn't clear enough to use for lumber).

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On Tue, 10 Mar 2020 13:44:52 -0700 (PDT), "
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Again I realized that pallets come in three kinds of wood.
- Hard wood
- Soft wood
- Fire wood.


Back in the late 1980s, early 1990s, when I worked in a warehouse and dealt with pallets, I usually saw only rough pine pallets. Its possible there might have been some other woods in there. But I was far less knowledgeable about wood back then

Standard shaped pallets are about 4 foot by 6 foot. Three 2x4s in the middle with cutouts at either end of the 2x4 so forklifts can pick them up from the side. Bottom slats are about 3 of them. Top slats are the whole 6 foot length with a half inch gap between slats. All of these slats are roughly 1x4s. Rough. So you'd be lucky to plane and joint them down to 1/2" thick finished. And the 2x4 middle pieces, by the time you trimmed off the cutouts on the bottom, you'd end up with only a 2x2 6 foot long.

So, unless you need rough wood, and mostly small pieces, pallets really don't provide good wood to use. Especially not furniture.


That's pallets from the US. More and more gets imported.
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On Tue, 10 Mar 2020 07:14:37 -0400, John McGaw
wrote:

On 3/10/2020 2:13 AM, pyotr filipivich wrote:
I've been taking advantage of the Wuhan Virus shutdown, by
cleaning up the yard and stuff, today was break down the pile of
pallets.

Again I realized that pallets come in three kinds of wood.
- Hard wood
- Soft wood
- Fire wood.

Now to see what I'm going to do with all this.


When I was in the USAF in Alaska my unit received a shipment of electronic
equipment that had been pulled from a decommissioned operation in Thailand
(Vietnam war period). All of it was packed on several oversized beefy
pallets. One of the crew unpacking things took notice that the skids
supporting the pallets were made of teak -- probably over 4-inches square
and six feet long. Those disappeared almost instantly.


My father jot a lot of WWII surplus "junk" for the university where he
taught. Many of the pallets and cases for electronic equipment was
made out of black walnut - all painted green. Strip the paint off
and it was some beautiful stuff.
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J. Clarke on Tue, 10 Mar 2020 19:16:51
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On Tue, 10 Mar 2020 13:44:52 -0700 (PDT), "
wrote:


Again I realized that pallets come in three kinds of wood.
- Hard wood
- Soft wood
- Fire wood.


Back in the late 1980s, early 1990s, when I worked in a warehouse and dealt with pallets, I usually saw only rough pine pallets. Its possible there might have been some other woods in there. But I was far less knowledgeable about wood back then

Standard shaped pallets are about 4 foot by 6 foot. Three 2x4s in the middle with cutouts at either end of the 2x4 so forklifts can pick them up from the side. Bottom slats are about 3 of them. Top slats are the whole 6 foot length with a half inch gap between slats. All of these slats are roughly 1x4s. Rough. So you'd be lucky to plane and joint them down to 1/2" thick finished. And the 2x4 middle pieces, by the time you trimmed off the cutouts on the bottom, you'd end up with only a 2x2 6 foot long.

So, unless you need rough wood, and mostly small pieces, pallets really don't provide good wood to use. Especially not furniture.


That's pallets from the US. More and more gets imported.


I have seen, and heard of, wondrous woods being used for shipping
containers and pallets, because In The Country Of Origin, that's what
they have handy.
One story was of the guy who traded a bunch of mahogany plywood
(iirc) from shipping containers for a hand made guitar. "such a
deal."
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