Around here there are some folks advertising used pallets for sale at $1 to $5 each. But why bother? There are plenty more advertising used pallets for free, all you have to do is pick them up. Some are good to reclaim wood from, some are only good for kindling or firewood, but the important part is 'free'. You can also get some intesting wood in them, depending on where they originally came from. I have one that has some very salvagable Spanish Cedar. I've heard of others having teak, mahogany, and so on. But a lot more have oak, pine, and so on. I have a piece of wood from one that I have no idea what it is, but it is 'hard', can't touch it with a rasp, but it nice and clear grain, so it will be the neck of my banjo - eventually.
There are a lot of people making furniture and such out of pallets too. Some is pretty, some is pretty ugly. A lot of it could look a lot better if it was painted. But it's all interesting. Check out some examples. furniture from pallet wood - Bing
And, when I was a kid, my grandfather designed, and cut the pieces, for a hunting cabin out of used pallets. Took two trailers to haul them 300 miles north, and that night we slept in a tent, with about a foot of snow on the ground, but the next day all the pieces were together, in about 8 hours, and we slept in the 'cabin' that night. The next day tar paper was added to the outside, along with a heating stove on the inside.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
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Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.