Thanks Terry, many hardwood pallets become landfill, so i keep my eye out around industrial sites, where they are just left out on the curb.I started with pine, and when i discovered the hardwood pallets were mostly spotted gum, i could not resist.
Methyl Bromide (Stamp and code: MB), a harmful chemical used to fumigate pallets which makes it bug-resistant; perfect for import/export shipping.
As a general rule of thumb, avoid using MB (Methyl Bromide) stamped or coloured pallets for any of your projects.
Pallets with no stamps or codes are referred to as “national pallets” and are used for domestic freight/shipping. Though they are not treated with chemicals it is hard to tell where all pallets come from and what they were used for, e.g. a pesticide company or chemical processing company to name a few.
Hi bluemoonskye, I see your question has already been answered but as a matter of courtesy I will duplicate it, MB is a stamp present on a pallet that has been treated with Methyl Bromide, a quite toxic chemical.
In general, the "pallet recycling" community recommend only using pallets stamped "HT" = Heat Treated which is obviously much safer to use.
In truth the pallet manufacturing industry indicates that the MB gases off within 48 hours or so, and actually supports those pallets thus treated being reused for other purposes, but for most, including myself, it's a "better safe than sorry" approach.
It's important to note that MB was the fumigant of choice in Australia for many import/exports, until 2005 when it was decided to phase it out, not because of it's toxicity, but because it is a an ozone depletion substance.
It is still used to fumigate imported and exported stockfeed.
@dean All I can say is wow, wow and wow again. This is a perfect example of trash into treasure... Great to see the old pallet brought back to life, better than it was before..
Keep up your amazing work and @dean please please share. It gives us LEARNERS that don't have the chance or the talent to be able to make something so lovely - the HOPE that we may some day create something half as lovely.
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Fantastic, amazing work!
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May I have some details on how you constructed the legs for the table please.
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Hi Brian, i created the legs and feet with the batons from the hardwood pallets. I first glued them together and the screwed them. i then created the extra bits to sit on top. The legs were the same. I really had no plan, as for anything i have built. I sit there and stare at the wood, and get ideas, and start from there..lol As this was one of my first things i built, i learnt a lot from my mistakes.. lol. I have attached some photos. PS..as this is hardwood from pallets, i am dealing with wood that is not straight - as you can see there is a bow in the legs..lol..that makes it more fun...
Thank you very much Dean, much appreciated. Job well done my friend.
No worries Bryan2409, as i mentioned in the original post it was a sheer mix up of ambition verses ability..lol. But i managed to pull it off.. I was just amazed how it came up when i oil and waxed it all.. The grain popped.