PART II - GATHER AND DISMANTLE PALETS - This is the continuation of the complete start to finish tutorial on how to create a beautiful rustic pallet cabinet from scratch, using free wood pallets. Follow along as we'll research, sketch, gather/dismantle pallets, cut, build, stain and finally install our one of a kind pallet cabinet.
Watch Part I - Research and Development
Watch Part II - Gather and Dismantle Pallets
Watch Part III - Construction
Thank YOU!! to Mrs. Jackie Hoegger and Hoegger Communications for all the help and constant support. Thank you Jackie... Hoegger Comm rocks!
"Where do you get the pallets?" First of all, never-ever-ever pay for pallets. There are businesses all around your community that would be happy for you to haul away their unwanted pallets. Car washes, oil-changing centers, mechanic shops, nurseries, etc. Just look around your city and you'll see them. Nine times out of ten, if you see pallets laying off to the side of a building, the owners will gladly give them to you for free if you ask.
Splitting, dismantling, separating, tearing apart a wood pallet is a chore. Search YouTube and you'll see many different versions of people showing you their best way to dismantle a pallet. But, they all take AT LEAST five minutes, and many take much much longer. I knew their had to be a better way, I knew I could do it faster.
So I set out on a mission to break the YouTube world record for dismantling a wood pallet with a sledge hammer. I, Simeon Hendrix would be the first human to dismantle a pallet on YouTube in under one minute. The official rules state that during the dismantle the 2x4's can be broken but the slats can not in anyway be damaged. I refined my technique and we set up cameras in San Antonio, Texas to capture what turned out to be a world record setting event:
After studying the above footage and watching myself, I thought... "Simeon, that was good, but I know I can do that even faster." So, I set the goal to become the first human to dismantle a wood pallet on YouTube in under thirty seconds. Monumentous, I know... but we have to dream big, right? We set up our cameras in Wichita Falls, Texas and captured this one of a kind special moment in history:
SAWZALL IS BEST:
While dismantling a pallet with a sledge hammer can be very quick, and a lot of fun, my research has proven that the most efficient way to take apart a wood pallet is to use a sawzall. This is my perfered method because you are able to use every ounce of the pallet as lumber for your build. Whereas with the sledge hammer, more than 30% of the pallet is broken. Another great thing is the sawzall through the nails and leaves the nailhead still embedded into the wood... giving added character and patina.
Here's a video we made showing the best way we found to dismantle a wood pallet using a sawzall:
Hayley, my wife and good friend... she's helping a lot! Thanks Hayley!
Special thanks to Mr. Josh Stone and Southern Tire Mart for letting us borrow the sawzall!!
Big thanks also go out to my brother Scott Hendrix for editing the movies above and also big thanks to Hayley Hendrix for video and photography.
Excellent! So, now that we have a bunch dismantled pallets, we're ready to start building!! Tune in next time and we'll examine exactly how to construct our beautiful rustic pallet cabinet! Thanks for stopping in, see ya soon!
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