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Friday, September 2, 2016

How to Dismantle Pallets Without Breaking Boards


Do you like creating pallet projects?  Learn how to dismantle pallets without breaking boards!  


As I was ripping apart yet another pallet, I realized I have never posted about how I dismantle them without breaking the boards.  Now, sometimes wood pallets are just stubborn and you can't help but break boards, but I've had pretty good luck getting clean pallet boards with two simple tools.

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wood pallet

- TOOLS NEEDED TO BREAK APART PALLETS -
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- Hammer 

Really, that's all you need.  There are no special tools or expensive equipment required.  Just a hammer, mallet and a bit of brute strength.

- HOW TO DISMANTLE PALLETS -

STEP ONE: 
Place the claw part of the hammer where the top deck board meets the stringer board.  Be sure to align the hammer so that the nail slides between the opening of the claw.   Once you have the hammer in place, strike the hammer with a mallet to drive the hammer between the deck board and stringer board. 

Place claw of hammer between pallet boards

STEP TWO: 
Once the claw of the hammer is between the top board and stringer board, slowly pry the hammer back and forth to loosen the nails.  You may need to continue to strike the hammer with the mallet as you continue to pry the hammer back and forth. 
hit hammer with mallet to loosen pallet boards

Pry hammer back and forth to loosen pallet nails
STEP THREE:
Continue steps one and two until all the nails are removed that attach the top board to the stringer board. 

removing nails from wood pallets
STEP FOUR: 
Once the top board is completely removed, flip the top board over and hammer the tips of the nails through the board. 

Turn pallet board over

Hammer tips of nails through pallet board

hit nails through pallet board
STEP FIVE: 
Flip the board over then use the claw of the hammer to pry the nail out the board. 

Pry nails out of pallet wood with. hammer

Pry nails out of pallet wood with hammer
STEP SIX:
Repeat steps one through six until all boards and nails are removed.

dismantled pallet

removed nails from pallet

how to removed pallet boards

This is the best and easiest way I've found to take apart wood pallets while maintaining the character of the wood and nail holes.  




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2 comments:

  1. What do you do with the mallet?

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  2. hit the hammer to pry it under the pallet

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