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Pallet Recycling Projects:One Pallet At A Time
Pallet Projects Are A Growing Folk Art
More Pallet Recycling Is Needed
The Appeal Of Pallet Recycling
Pallet recycling is a much needed service in our country and around the world. Pallets are used for shipping nearly everything and can be found discarded behind shopping malls, warehouses and other businesses. There are many ways to recycle pallets and one of the most popular is to re-purpose the pallets and turn them into furniture, fences, sheds and all sorts of other handicrafts.
Pallets Are A Great Source Of Project Material
Pallets come in all shapes and sizes and just about every type of wood. I regularly find pallets made of pine, poplar and oak. I am also always finding pallets in new and unique shapes, some good for stand-alone projects and others good for the wood. I have seen some great pallet tables with really fine finishes that have the look of well-used finely crafted furniture. It just depends on the pallets you find and what you do with them.
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Pallet Re-purposing Projects
Pallet repurposing and recycled are a growing global phenomenon. There are books, pallet projectsblogs, websites and whole movements of people who are dedicated to this grass-roots form of folk-art.
Pallet Project As Folk Art
Folk Art is defined as art produced by an indigenous culture, peasants or other laboring-tradespeople. The art is described as utilitarian and decorative rather than as "fine" or "aesthetic" art. Because of the diverse nature of humans and human culture folk art is hard to classify in terms common to other art forms and is driven by the locality and people producing it.
Pallets and pallet projects are a great example of folk art. The pallets are being used in a utilitarian way by a diverse, working people, who are seeking to re-purpose and recycle the waste of society in ways that are often decorative and pleasing to look at.
Not All Pallets Are Available For Re-Purposing
Inspect Pallets Before Choosing
Where To Find Good Pallets
Pallets are everywhere but unfortunately not all pallets are good for projects. Some are damaged, poorly constructed, aged beyond usefulness, dirty or just plain unattractive. The best pallets for projects are made from solid wood that is relatively free of knots and cracks. The pieces should be thick enough for strength; some pallets are not meant to hold heavy loads are a built from very thin stock in order to cut down on cost.
When choosing a pallet look for :
- Well constructed pallets. Flimsy pallets are not a good choice. They won't hold much weight when used as a whole pallet and are also a poor choice for reclaiming boards for other uses.
- Clean pallets. Sometimes a great pallet is just to dirty to use. Depending on the use pallets can have mud, grease or old food on them.
- Cracked pallets. Check your pallets for cracks. Sometimes they can be hidden from plain view. A crack in the wrong place could make an attractive pallet worthless to a hobbyist.
- Nail heads. There usually is not a lot of effort put into building pallets which means that there is an increased chance of finding nails and staples sticking out of the wood. Be very careful handling pallets.
- Material size. when choosing a pallet for a project be sure to check what size material was used to construct a pallet. I have picked up many a good looking pallet and gotten them home to find they were built from undersize stock. This is not always a problem depending on what your intentions are.