Is recycled lumber safe for pallet furniture or landscape decorations?
Pallets have a variety of uses in the transportation world, however lately many recycled pallets are being turned into furniture. While this may sound like a great idea of continually using a pallet instead of it simply rotting away in a landfill or ground up into mulch, the recycled material may not be safe for all uses.
The life cycle of a pallet normally starts as a custom built design made from precision cut lumber and assembled on an automated nailing machine. Once a customer has used the new pallet to move its merchandise to a customer, the pallet is then either reused by the customer or removed as a scrap pallet.
If the pallet is removed as a scrap pallet, it is most likely sold or given to a pallet recycler. When a recycler takes possession of a pallet, they sort the pallets to determine whether they are worth fixing or dismantling for parts or grinding. Many 48 x 40 pallets are recycled over and over again in the United States, as it is the most common size and the standard in the retail and grocery industry.
With the variety of locations that pallets can be sent to, would a recycled pallet be suitable indoors used as a piece of furniture or a table?
Consider for a moment that a single board from a recycled pallet could have hauled
The cells in a piece of wood can act as a sponge when chemicals or liquids are placed on them, often storing or transporting the items for the remainder of the life of the pallet. The photo below show a cross section of a block of wood.
There are many reasons that a wooden pallet works so well for shipping goods such as…
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Post by: Jonathan Haynes, Regional Sales Manager
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