I love pallet projects, but I don’t like to dismantle pallets. I’ve only done it a few times, but with a bad shoulder, the best way to dismantle pallets is with a reciprocating saw. Even that method hurts my shoulder with the vibration of the saw.
Maybe you don’t have a reciprocating saw, or you don’t like power tools. If that’s the case, I have the best way to dismantle pallets!
Not only does this work on pallets, but it also works on fence sections. That’s a win/win for me since I do a lot of reclaimed fence projects.
Easily Dismantle Pallets
I came across these pallets last year. Had I known about this method of dismantling pallets I would have scooped up as many of these pallets as possible.
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Let’s get right to the video of me dismantling pallets, shall we?
Of course I have sped up the video, but it only took me four minutes to dismantle this pallet. This was soooo easy! The Duckbill Deck Wrecker does all the work. It’s all about leverage. Now, you might think this is a newfangled tool. But, while at dinner with cousin Terry over the weekend, she told me that her dad tried to get her to get a patent on a tool like this. Neither of them understood the process, so it never happened. We’re talking about pre-google days.
Remember, I have a bad shoulder, and this was no problem at all.
This is the Duckbill Deck Wrecker! It works fabulously on pallets AND fence sections.
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This is a picture of when I used the Deck Wrecker to take apart a pallet for my Pallet Coffee Cup Rack
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How to take pallets apart
This is the pile of boards I collected from taking this pallet apart. This was a very strange pallet. It’s as though it had been repurposed or refurbished at some point. There were old boards attached that had nails in them that had previously been cut off.
This method of dismantling pallets leaves the nails in tact, so that has to be dealt with.
I tapped the nails through the boards with my hammer. Because the nails were very long, I used a scrap piece of wood to get good leverage while removing the pallet wood nails. Removing the nails was a little extra work, but since the demolition went so quickly I didn’t mind it at all.
I use an old kitty litter jug to collect my old screws and nails.
So, now I have all these great boards to use for pallet wood projects in the future.
I have asked some of my best friends to share their best pallet projects with you. They are very clever, and have their own unique way of dealing with the removal of pallet boards. I sure hope you find something to inspire you!!
Outdoor Pallet Projects
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Pallet Projects to Inspire You
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Pallet Home Decor Ideas
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Pallet Wall Ideas
Unique pallet wall with ledges from Pretty Handy Girl.
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Pallet Organization Projects
Check out this pallet mobile wood storage from Fix This Build That.
This pallet wood wall rack with storage is an easy fix to an age old problem—from another one of MRL contributors, Angie from Knick of Time.
Holiday Pallet Projects
This wood slice deer head pallet project really dresses up the mantel for Kim from The Kim Six Fix
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Small pallet scraps were used to make this Christmas ornament from Patina Paradise.
Here’s another project from Joan, a great pallet wood Christmas Tree.
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Pallet Furniture Ideas
Beckie also made this farmhouse pallet bed with rolling trundle for her son.
Mindi also made this oh so cute DIY upholstered pallet bench
Have you done a pallet project? Do you have a secret way to dismantle pallets? Do tell us all about it in a comment below.
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.