We love DIY Pallet Projects at our farmhouse & today I am talking about how to take apart a pallet the right way in 6 easy steps. There is no point in trying a DIY pallet project unless you know how to take the pallet wood off your pallet safely!
How to Take Apart a Pallet
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Supplies Needed for Taking Apart a Pallet
- a pallet
- circular saw
Take care when you take apart a pallet & start prying the individuals boards from the pallet. Pallets are built to not come apart so the boards are fastened well to the supports.
The first time we did this we tried to take apart a pallet by prying the boards from both sides and middle support. We ended up splitting many of the boards this way.
You will definitely have a lot more usable pallet wood to create with if you cut the pallet wood from the pallet with a circular saw.
How to Take Apart a Pallet Step by Step
1) Cut the boards from the pallet using a circular saw.
It’s way easier to use a circular saw to cut each side. Then you only have to pry the boards from the middle support. You lose two inches from the board length but save a ton of time, effort, and usable pallet boards! 🙂
2) Pry the boards with a crow bar
Next we pry the boards from the middle support using a crow bar and a hammer.
Go slow and take care to avoid splitting the boards.
3) Repeat taking apart the pallet.
Turn the pallet over and do the same thing to the other side.
4) Remove the Nails from the Pallet boards
As you pry the boards up you’ll need to remove the nails.
Just back the nails out by hammering them from the back of the board and then pull them out with a claw hammer. Be careful when taking out the nails as they can sometimes be rusty & sharp!
Once you are done this step you should have a pile of usable boards and a pile of scrap.
5) Cut Your Boards to the Size you need with a chop/ miter saw or table saw.
When cutting your pallet wood boards make sure to cut off any sharp edges. I usually try & cut the boards as long as possible so I have extra when making my pallet projects.
6) Roughly sand your pallet wood boards so you don’t get any splinters when you are putting your DIY pallet project together. We love using our orbital sander to sand all of our DIY Projects. It really works well to make the boards nice & smooth.
I hope this helps explain how to best take apart a pallet. Good luck with your upcoming pallet project!