Monday, March 18, 2013

How To Build a Beautiful Rustic Pallet Cabinet -- Part 2
Gather and Dismantle Pallets

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

How To Build A Beautiful Rustic Pallet Cabinet Part II, Gather dismantle pallets.

Thank YOU!! to Mrs. Jackie Hoegger and Hoegger Communications for all the help and constant support. Thank you Jackie... Hoegger Comm rocks!

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Where to get free wood pallets to build pallet furniture.

"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.

Gathering tools to dismantle pallets.  How To Build A Beautiful Rustic Pallet Cabinet.

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:

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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  1. Is there a link to the next part? NIce info

  2. don't leave me hangin'! this is my 1st pallet project and we want to do the whole kitchen!

  3. Love to see the finished product :)

  4. Do you pay much attention to whether the pallets are heat-treated or chemical-treated? Some blogs really drive home the importance of using "safe" pallets. I wonder if it really matters? What are your thoughts?

    1. Great question. Amanda, no I actually don't pay attention to that. I figured after sanding, staining and sealing then it would lock out any unwanted insects or other critters that might be lingering.

    2. That cabinet looks great, thank you for sharing your project. Regarding Amanda's question about safe pallets, its not really the bugs or critters that you need to worry about, more-so the way the pallet was treated. Some pallets are treated with methyl-bromide, which poses health risks simply by handling the wood, let alone using it to store food and having it in your home. Here is a great site that helps to identify what pallets are safe to use Keep up the great projects!