Last November I found a very big pallet, (2.5mX1.5mX40cm), which I dismantle and use the wood to build a table for my yard. The wood has nice grains and a soft reddish brown color. Now, it sure would help if I could identify what I’ve got. In the process of trying to identify some pallet wood from Brazil I asked at Woodcraft and they pulled out an encyclopedia of wood (not sure of the title) and found one of the main contributors was named Arno, and most of my life I lived within 4 miles of him. To the uninitiated pallet wood can seem like a treasure trove of free wood. This article will first help you to identify if you have the pallet personality.
I think oak is about the most widely used wood for pallets. I used to regularly check out the pallets where I worked and have found maple, birch, cherry, poplar, oak, hickory, pine, and many I couldn’t identify. Are you curious which type of wood species would be best for your pallets? Leave your questions below and we will help you determine which is best for you. It is much safer to use only clean ones and not try to identify what might be on your pallet. To meet the IPPC standards, a pallet can not be made of raw wood that has not been treated, in other terms, all pallets are treated.
I am a new woodworker, and use quit a bit of pallet wood and other wood that I can not identify accurately. I have investigated many sites on wood identification with some success. I get wood from many places, including pallets. Often the wood will be of several varieties. By matching color and grain style, I can group similar types of recovered wood planks together. Wood Pallet Creations Angies List- including which types of pallets not to use!
Pallets Made Out Of Oak?
We’ve seen countless upcycled and hacked together projects with wood shipping pallets over the years, and more often than not they’re ugly, but totally useful. I work in a company that goes through pallets like crazy. We have a 40 yard dumpster for pallets only that gets filled up and hauled off about once a week. Look for stamps on the wood. DIY Ready has a great guide on the markings used on pallets to help you determine their level of safety, and which use pesticides or formaldehyde. See our tips on safe wooden pallets to be cautious with wood pallet projects. It is much safer to just stick with clean ones and not try to identify what might be on your pallet. When using pallets in craft and do it yourself projects, you may want to watch out for these possible contaminants related to the different types of wood used to make. If you aren’t sure how to identify pressure-treated wood, one way to identify the pallets you may want to avoid using in home decor and furniture projects, is to look for the IPPC logo found on most pallets. How can I identify oak vs. pine? There’s a place right down the road that sells pallets for 1 each, so even if none of mine have decent hardwood like oak (I’ve heard ash is used sometimes too) I might be able to check theirs. They make pallets from wood.usually hardwood like oak, plastic and even steel! Tulip polar, soft maple,basswood or any fairly soft but fine grained wood wood work.
Idenification Of Wood Species- Who Cares!
My husband saves pallets from work, breaks them up and burns them in the fireplace. He also burns any wood he can find, from pruned bushes, trees etc. Don’t burn painted, stained, creosote treated wood or wood that has been pressure treated with preservatives (these usually tint the wood green or brown). Identifying firewood from sustainable sources.