Pallet wood is a popular choice for crafters and builders because it’s free, but using it can come with some disadvantages. It’s usually impossible to know how a pallet was used. Pallets can be treated with chemicals or retain mold and bacteria based on how they were stored. If you’re planning on trying a new pallet project that will be used indoors, be highly selective with your materials. Scrubbing the wood with bleach or soapy water can help clean the surface, and a pressure washer will help with a deeper clean.
Taking a pallet apart is one of the most time-consuming challenges of any pallet project. If a crowbar or the claw end of a hammer won’t do, use a reciprocating saw to cut through the nails. Pallets are rough wood, and a palm sander can eliminate many splinters. Crafters looking to recycle a pallet with precision may also use a planer to create smooth, even planks.