So, I decided to be proactive and clear out a super tiny corner of the garage by breaking down and prepping the pallets for their new projects.
The first thing to know about pallets, is there are different ways in which they are treated that differentiates them between being harmless and full of nasty chemicals. Any pallet made before 2005 was treated with methyl bromide, which is super dangerous. Those pallets should really just be thrown away as it's not even recommended that people touch them with their bare hands. The way to know is that the pallet will have a stamp on it with the letters "MB". The harmless pallets are heat treated and have the stamp "HT". These are perfectly safe to use in any capacity including food and planting. Luckily, mine are both safe and begging to become a new building masterpiece.
Getting started, I whipped out the jigsaw and started cutting the boards that were in good shape in between the 2x4s, careful not to cut into a nail.
As I went through, some of the boards were really bad and splitting. I just skipped over those as there was nothing I could do to fix them.
I never keep the 2x4s as they are just too full of nails and usually are in really bad shape. While I hate to be wasteful, I always throw that part away along with the bad pieces of wood.Once I was done cutting all of the pieces of wood out of the pallet carcass, I was left with this beautiful sight: From there, I used what I believe to be the most underrated power tool in the history of woodworking: the planer. Yes, it is completely huge, bulky and difficult to move around, but it's pretty amazing. I consider it to be my "vanity" tool. It's not something that you necessarily need, but it really helps out in situations like this with rough lumber. For outdoor projects, I always buy rough cedar and plane it at home rather than buying the expensive stuff. The thing has paid for itself in lumber costs. You can also get a small hand planer that's a lot cheaper, but it's a lot more difficult and time consuming to hand plane rather than just feeding your lumber through the awesome bench top planer. (Which literally feeds itself once you put the end of the board in there. Genius!)
And, sadly, just as important, I now have a very small hole in the garage that I can use to fill up with other stuff. It's still a disastrous mess, but I feel it's an improvement.
I'm not 100% sure exactly what I'm going to do with the wood yet. Lots of ideas are being tossed around, most prominently are my ideas regarding this structure that I found on Pinterest a few months ago by Deesawat:That might totally have to happen. Just saying. Vegetable garden, anyone? Also, on a completely different tangent - does anyone else build in their slippers? This is a terrible habit I've gotten into due to comfort and/or laziness. It's kinda safe, right? They count as closed toe shoes...?