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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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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:

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I picked up a few more free pallets today....I was driving through our local industrial park and noticed some pallets sitting outside next to a dumpster for one of the businesses....They were more than happy to have me haul these away for them...:D!

That one on the left is a great score as it is longer than the standard ones and it has several long boards in it that will be great for finishing off my next Toe Pincher coffin!

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