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I'll ask this here since someone's obviously encountered this...

I've seen stacks of pallets behind various stores in my town. What do they do with them? Take them back to the warehouse I've assumed but some are broken, etc. It would be an awesome source of wood for props and I've seen project suggesting their use, but I've been too embarassed to ask in the stores.

We are REAL tight for money this year. My wife was unemployed for 8 mos and we have had a fair amount of medical expenses (unemployment + my wife = breakdown) so I'm trying my best not to spend any money whatsoever if I can avoid it. Free wood is real appealing right about now.

Should I just go in and ask for the broken bits?
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FYI, pallets are made of extremely hard wood and are usually nailed together with twisted nails that are designed NOT to come out. Get ready for a LOT of work dismantling them for the wood. You will need a good pry bar and sharp saw blade, plus a good bit of time. I prefer to get old fence panels if possible. This stuff shows up all the time on craigslist in our area.
I am making several props this year with pallet wood. Like Spinwitch mentioned, I got mine free off of Craig's list. They are a pain to take apart as Jaybo stated, they are a pain to take apart. I ended up using a Sawzall with a metal cutting blade to cut through the spiral nails. Once the boards are separated, I use a metal punch to knock out the nail heads.

To screw my props together, I use "Star" drive wood screws. They are self tapping so you don't have to pre-drill the holes. When I got my props assembled, I used a small propane torch to add some more "Aging" to the wood. Here are a few pic of a couple of my pallet wood projects:

Here is a link to my post on them:

Very nice props. I especially like your toe-pincher coffin.
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