When using pallets for your projects, you will find that pallets are usually sturdily built. So they can be hard to disassemble a pallet. Have no fear, here are a few tips on how to disassemble a pallet without ruining the wood.
When using pallets for your projects, you will find that pallets are usually sturdily built and sometimes hard to disassemble.
Hammer and Pry Bar Method
One option is to manually remove the nails. To do this, the best tools to use are a pry bar and a hammer. A pry bar to wedge between and separate the top slats of the pallet from the bottom rail pieces and then the claw of the hammer to remove the nails.
You will quickly find that removing all the nails with the claw of a hammer and a pry bar can be difficult and time consuming, and you risk damaging the wood, however it is an option for someone who doesn’t want to invest money into a saw.
Saws are great for disassembling pallets an easier way. The preferred type of saw when working with pallets is a reciprocating saw (commonly known as a “Sawzall”).
A Sawzall has a metal cutting blade that can cut through nails, so you can simply use a pry bar or hammer claw and pry the boards apart just enough to insert the blade of the sawzall and easily cut through the nails, preserving the entire pallet and making disassembly of the pallet an easy job. Work with the pallet laying on its side, vertically. The left over embedded nail fragments in the wood actually can add a nice touch of character to your project.
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