20 Places to find FREE Pallets

Where the heck can I get some free pallets?

The new craze hitting up your home that has taken you centuries to come up with. Looking for a unique look rather than copying that annoying neighbor of yours? The answer just may be finding yourself some free pallets. But where can I get some free pallets you ask?

You may think that finding free pallets is difficult. Many stores such as Walmart, Home Depot or your local paint store may be the answer.

In this article I will list some of the various places that I as well as others have hit the pallet goldmine of free pallets.

Why use pallets?

Suddenly everyone is updating their home décor, even those that lack any artistic sense now want something unique. Pallets are easy to work with and are versatile.

 

Although pallets are all pretty similar there stores can be very different. Some aged to perfection by sitting in a dusty warehouse for years while others that may have toughed it outside. 

 

Both get that wood a unique weathered look and smell. Different patterns or grains pop after you give that board a little TLC.  

 

You can tackle pallet projects at a very affordable price or even FREE. We all love the word FREE!

 

Their popularity has since grown due to the FREE price tag and unique character they can add. Pallet projects are also a favorite amongst the avid weekend warriors.

Picking the perfect pallets

Believe it or not, all pallets are not created equal. Most pallets that are made these days have switched to using softwoods like pine. Back in the day when hardwood was abundant pallets were solid. 

 

Regardless of what type of wood the pallet is make sure it has the character that you’re looking for. Some pallets are rough cut which have cool saw markings while some use a smooth board. 

 

I think if you are going to build something from free pallets you will want as much character as possible. Just stay clear of wood that is already rotten and falling apart. 

 

Also an important fact to consider is where your project will be used (indoors or outdoors)

 

Pallets that were heat treated would be a better choice for projects that will end up indoors. Some pallets are also chemically treated. This type would be a better choice for outdoor projects.

Where can I get some free pallets?

So now that you are now the “King of DIY pallet projects” you’ll have a crowd to impress at your next superbowl party. 

It’s your chance to showcase your talent and put your friends to shame who know you for your flat sense of creativity. So it’s time to start finding some FREE PALLETS!

1. People you know

Family, friends and neighbors may just have what you’re looking for or know where some free pallets are.

2. Big box stores

Home Depot or Lowes don’t just sell wood but can be a great source for Free Pallets.  They may be slightly damaged but great for a pallet project

3. Paint stores

Buckets of paint are shipped on pallets… go figure.

4. Storage units

Storage units may have a community dumpster that may be overflowing with free pallets

5. Fencing Companies

Fencing companies may not have pallets but surely they have tons of old fencing that they have removed from a recent clients house to replace.  Save it from the dump!

6. Feed stores

Live around a feed store?  They have tons of stuff that is received on pallets

7. Craft stores

8. Grocery stores

9. Carpet stores

10. Construction sites

You will surely find Free pallets at a construction site.  Play it safe and go while they are working. You may come out with more free wood than you expected.

11. Social Media

Search Facebook Marketplace, you can find just about anything there

12. Online

Don’t forget to check Craigslist.

13. Garden stores

14. SOD companies

15. Take a Sunday drive

Get out and drive around.  I always see stacks of pallets sitting out in front of companies or houses.

16. Trash day

One mans trash is another mans treasure!

17. Shipping companies

18. At work

You have the inside advantage here!

19. At a shipyard

20. Any Dumpster

Don’t be afraid to dive on in…. Not the case.  Typically people just sit pallets beside dumpsters just because they are to hard to put them in.

Needless to say there are tons of places that you can get your hands on some free pallets.  You may be surprised what you can create with a few free pallets.

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I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

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How much does 3/4″ plywood weigh?

How much does 3/4" plywood weigh?

Have you ever wondered how much a sheet of 4×8 3/4″ plywood weights?  I often find myself at the local Home Improvement store loading up material for the next project.  Hoping that the tires don’t blow out.

If your just looking to see how much a 3/4″ 4×8 sheet of plywood weighs the answer is fairly straight forward.  Roughly 60 lbs.

If you want to know some basic max loads per truck type ready on my friend.  As they always say “Safety First”.

Want to know how much a 2×4 weights?  Check out my Blog post here!

 

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How many 3/4" sheet can I load in a truck?

There are many factors to consider before loading your truck.  Not only how much weight you can carry but you will also have to consider what kind of engine your truck has.  Do you have enough power to drive safely?

Want to know how many gallons of Paint you can haul?  Check out my blog post here!

 For this example we will base our numbers off standard weights

1/4 Ton Truck

A 1/4 Ton sounds like a large number BUT its really not.  A 1/4 ton is roughly 500 lbs. 

  • Roughly 8 – 3/4″ 4×8 sheets (@ 60 lbs each = 480 lbs.)

1/2 Ton Truck

You will find that a 1/2 ton pickup truck is fairly standard for most.  A 1/2 ton is roughly 1000 lbs. although the they range upwards of hauling close to 1800 lbs depending on make/model and features.

  • Roughly 17 – 3/4″ 4×8 sheets (@ 60 lbs each = 1020 lbs.)

3/4 Ton Truck

A 3/4 ton truck is getting into some major hauling power.  3/4 ton is roughly 1500 lbs. of hauling power.  When you’re packing this kind of truck your closing in to a capacity issue rather than a weight issue as I would estimate that you can fit roughly 33 3/4″ 4×8 sheets in the standard truck bed.

  • Roughly 25 – 3/4″ 4×8 sheets (@ 60 lbs each = 1500 lbs.)

1 Ton Truck

Now we are talking!  With a 1 ton truck you should not have an issue picking up lumber anytime soon.  1 ton is roughly 2000 lbs.  You will notice that many contractors that are in the concrete business may be sporting a 1 ton pick up.  As for lumber loads you will for sure run out of space first.

  • Roughly 33 – 3/4″ 4×8 sheets (@ 60 lbs each = 1980 lbs.)

Hopefully this information has been helpful.  Safe hauling!

ABOUT ME

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MY STORY

I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

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This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

How much does a 2×8 weigh?

How much does a 2x8 weigh?

Have you ever wondered how much a 2×8 weights? I build lots of custom farm tables in St. Johns Fl and a 2×8 is the typical material for tops. As I drive away from the lumber store I often think the front of my truck is floating on air due the the sheer weight. 

If your just looking to see how much a 2×8 weighs the answer is fairly straight forward. The answer is 18 – 35 lbs. 

Quite the difference once again!  With wide board comes more surface area to soak up the water turning these into a giant sponge.  Another factor with the wider boards are sap.  YES, sap.  The wider the board the closer to the center of the tree it was cut from often making it just a bit more sappy.

I have taken the time to gather some data and put it into a nice little excel file that you can download right here.

Excel Weight Calculator Download  

This is an easy to use excel file, just enter the quantities of lumber and poof, we have a weight.  Now you will have an idea before you go loading your truck with 100 2×8’s and wondering if your truck can handle it.

Lumber weights
Lumber Estimated Weight Chart

How many 2x8's can I load in a truck

There are many factors to consider before loading your truck.  Not only how much weight you can carry but you will also have to consider what kind of engine your truck has.  Do you have enough power to drive safely?

If you just want to know how many 2×8’s will physically fit in the standard 8ft truck bed the answer is around 84, BUT be sure your sporting at least a 1 Ton truck.

 For this example we will base our numbers off standard weights

1/4 Ton Truck

A 1/4 Ton sounds like a large number BUT its really not.  A 1/4 ton is roughly 500 lbs. 

  • Roughly 27 Kiln Dried 2x8x8 (@ 18 lbs each = 486 lbs.)

1/2 Ton Truck

You will find that a 1/2 ton pickup truck is fairly standard for most.  A 1/2 ton is roughly 1000 lbs. although the they range upwards of hauling close to 1800 lbs depending on make/model and features.

  • Roughly 55 Kiln Dried 2x8x8 (@ 18 lbs each = 990lbs.)

3/4 Ton Truck

A 3/4 ton truck is getting into some major hauling power.  3/4 ton is roughly 1500 lbs.  When you’re packing this kind of truck your problem will be a capacity issue rather than a weight issue as I would estimate that you can fit roughly 84 2x8x8’s in an 8 ft’ truck bed.

  • Roughly 83 Kiln Dried 2x8x8 (@ 18 lbs each = 1494 lbs.)

1 Ton Truck

Now we are talking!  With a 1 ton truck you should not have an issue picking up lumber anytime soon.  1 ton is roughly 2000 lbs.  You will notice that many contractors that are in the concrete business may be sporting a 1 ton pick up.  As for lumber loads you will for sure run out of space first.

  • Roughly 111 Kiln Dried 2x8x8 (@ 18 lbs each = 1998 lbs.)

Hopefully this information has been helpful.  Safe hauling!

ABOUT ME

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MY STORY

I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

LEGAL INFORMATION

This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

How much does a 2×6 weigh? Helpful guide

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How much does a 2x6 weigh?

Have you ever wondered how much a 2×6 weights? If you’re like me you often find yourself at the lumber yard wondering just how much you can stretch the springs on your truck.

If your just looking to see how much a 2×6 weighs the answer is fairly straight forward. The answer is 14 – 26 lbs. 

Quite the curve there.  Well you need to understand that wood is pretty much a big sponge soaking up moisture wherever it can.  A kiln dried 2x6x8 weighs in on the lighter end at around 14 lbs while the pressure treated 2×6 weighs in closer to the 26 lb range.

I have taken the time to gather some data and put it into a nice little excel file that you can download right here.

Excel Weight Calculator Download  

This is an easy to use excel file, just enter the quantities of lumber and poof, we have a weight.  Now you will have an idea before you go loading your truck with 100 2×6’s and wondering if your truck can handle it.

Lumber weights
Lumber Estimated Weight Chart

How many 2x6's can I load in a truck?

There are many factors to consider before loading your truck.  Not only how much weight you can carry but you will also have to consider what kind of engine your truck has.  Do you have enough power to drive safely?

If you’re just wondering how many 2×6’s will “fit” in your truck we will assume that you have an average 8′ truck bed measuring around 20″ deep by 48″ wide.  Based on that you can physically fit roughly 112 2x6x8’s BUT you better have a 1 Ton truck! 

 For this example we will base our numbers off standard weights

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1/4 Ton Truck

A 1/4 Ton sounds like a large number BUT its really not.  A 1/4 ton is roughly 500 lbs. 

  • Roughly 35 Kiln Dried 2x6x8 (@ 14 lbs each = 490 lbs.)

1/2 Ton Truck

You will find that a 1/2 ton pickup truck is fairly standard for most.  A 1/2 ton is roughly 1000 lbs. although the they range upwards of hauling close to 1800 lbs depending on make/model and features.

  • Roughly 71 Kiln Dried 2x6x8 (@ 14 lbs each = 994 lbs.)

3/4 Ton Truck

A 3/4 ton truck is getting into some major hauling power.  3/4 ton os roughly 1500 lbs.  When you’re packing this kind of truck your problem will not be a capacity issue rather than a weight issue as I would estimate that you can fit roughly 180 2x4x8’s in an 8 ft’ truck bed.

  • Roughly 107 Kiln Dried 2x6x8 (@ 14 lbs each = 1498 lbs.)

1 Ton Truck

Now we are talking!  With a 1 ton truck you should not have an issue picking up lumber anytime soon.  1 ton is roughly 2000 lbs.  You will notice that many contractors that are in the concrete business may be sporting a 1 ton pick up.  As for lumber loads you will for sure run out of space first.

  • Roughly 142 Kiln Dried 2x6x8 (@ 14 lbs each = 1988 lbs.)

Hopefully this information has been helpful.  Safe hauling!

ABOUT ME

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MY STORY

I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

LEGAL INFORMATION

This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

How much does a 2×4 weigh? A free helpful guide

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How much does a 2x4 weigh?

Have you ever wondered how much a 2×4 weights?  I often find myself at the lumber store loading up a cart full of lumber only to find on that I have maxed out the springs on my truck.

If your just looking to see how much a 2×4 weighs the answer is fairly straight forward. The answer is 9 – 17 lbs. 

Quite the curve there.  Well you need to understand that wood is pretty much a big sponge soaking up moisture wherever it can.  A kiln dried 2x4x8 weighs in on the lighter end at around 9 lbs while the pressure treated 2×4 weighs in closer to the 17 lb range.

Want to know how much a gallon of paint weighs?  Check out my blog post here!

I have taken the time to gather some data and put it into a nice little excel file that you can download right here.

Excel Weight Calculator Download  

This is an easy to use excel file, just enter the quantities of lumber and poof, we have a weight.  Now you will have an idea before you go loading your truck with 100 2×4’s and wondering if your truck can handle it.

How much does a 2x4 cost?

The cost of a 2×4 varies as lumber is a commodity like gas.  The price is always changing.  I have compared the 2×4 prices listed at both Home Depot & Lowes. As I right this post the price of a 2×4 ranges from roughly $3 – $4.  

There are different grades of wood that you would use to determine what will work best for your project.  The cost of a Yellow Pine 2×4 comes in around $2.77 as apposed to a cleaner White wood 2×4 that cost around $3.71.  Also if your looking for a pressure treated 2×4 the cost is currently around $4.27

Now that you know what the price of a 2×4 is now come back in 10 years and we can compare the cost difference.  

Want to know how much a 2×6 weighs?  Check out my blog post here!

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Cost to build an 8' wall out of 2x4's?

So you want a quick estimate for that home remodeling project that your getting ready to tackle?  Typically when framing a 2×4 wall when building a home, shed or remodeling your bathroom studs are placed 16″ on center. 

In an 8′ wall you will need need roughly 7 vertical 2×4’s (studs) and 2 plates (top & bottom.  So the estimated cost in 2×4’s for an 8′ framed wall costs about $35.

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How many 2x4's can I load in a truck?

There are many factors to consider before loading your truck.  Not only how much weight you can carry but you will also have to consider what kind of engine your truck has.  Do you have enough power to drive safely?

Lets assume you simply want to know how many 2×4’s will physically fit in your truck.  Assuming you have the average 8′ truck bed (20″ deep x 48″ wide) you would be able to fit roughly 182 2×4’s in the bed without overflowing over the top BUT make sure your sporting at least a 3/4 ton truck.

 For this example we will base our numbers off standard weights

Want to know how much a 2×8 weighs?  Check out my blog post here!

1/4 Ton Truck

A 1/4 Ton sounds like a large number BUT its really not.  A 1/4 ton is roughly 500 lbs. 

  • Roughly 62 Kiln Dried 2x4x8 (@ 8lbs each = 496 lbs.)

1/2 Ton Truck

You will find that a 1/2 ton pickup truck is fairly standard for most.  A 1/2 ton is roughly 1000 lbs. although the they range upwards of hauling close to 1800 lbs depending on make/model and features.

  • Roughly 125 Kiln Dried 2x4x8 (@ 8lbs each = 1000 lbs.)

3/4 Ton Truck

A 3/4 ton truck is getting into some major hauling power.  3/4 ton os roughly 1500 lbs.  When you’re packing this kind of truck your problem will not be a capacity issue rather than a weight issue as I would estimate that you can fit roughly 180 2x4x8’s in an 8 ft’ truck bed.

  • Roughly 187 Kiln Dried 2x4x8 (@ 8lbs each = 1496 lbs.)

1 Ton Truck

Now we’re talking!  With a 1 ton truck you should not have an issue picking up lumber anytime soon.  1 ton is roughly 2000 lbs.  You will notice that many contractors that are in the concrete business may be sporting a 1 ton pick up.  As for lumber loads you will for sure run out of space first.

  • Roughly 250 Kiln Dried 2x4x8 (@ 8lbs each = 2000 lbs.)

Hopefully this information has been helpful.  Safe hauling!

ABOUT ME

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MY STORY

I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

LEGAL INFORMATION

This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

Why is Reclaimed wood so popular?

Reclaimed Headboards
Reclaimed Headboards

Why using
reclaimed wood is so popular?

On the off chance that you are an enthusiast of natural home
stylistic layout, you’ll most likely have heard this term a couple of times
before. In any case, for the individuals who are as yet attempting to find their
way around farmhouse furniture, this is basically what reclaimed wood means:

When you reclaim wood, you recover the wood from its
underlying application so it can fill another need elsewhere.  Reclaimed woods are basically derivatives of
remodeling activities, and you can get this sort of wood from your old
dwelling-place, barn, decking of old structures, etc. Although these days they
are often sold in furniture stores as reinforced products.

Since reclaimed woods are recovered from old structures, they usually come out chipped and aged. Apparently, a lot of people of our modern day society fancy the contrasting appearance that reclaimed woods create when used for interior decorations.

While this is a total surprise, it is also logical as there are many upsides to the use of reclaimed woods. In the event that you are curious about why the use of reclaimed wood is the latest trend in home décor, here are a few solid reasons why reclaimed is popular in today’s world.

1.    Quality of the wood

Reclaimed wood is popular for a lot of reasons, and one of the most obvious ones is their quality. In the past, woods used for flooring, siding, headboards and so on are usually old growth woods. These woods have reached the highest level of maturity, and so they are capable of providing support for your home without deteriorating.

However, with the current commercial forest practices, many of the woods that are available in the market are usually cut down before they reach their max level of maturity. Which makes reclaimed wood the greatest source of high-quality wood for your housing needs.

2.    History

Generally, reclaimed wood is retrieved from historic buildings, and so they usually have their own history. If the wood can speak, it would probably tell tales that you have never heard before. Many citizens of today’s world fancy home decors that would help them connect with the past – that is what reclaimed wood offers.

Whether the wood is reclaimed from the fence of a mansion, the scaffolding of a church or the decking of a warehouse, having it in your home would give you a feeling of accomplishment. In fact, many rustic décor aficionados use reclaimed woods in their homes to connect with their past so that they can appreciate their present.

The logic behind this reasoning is deep and mysterious, but that is the thing with history – it is enigmatic.

3.    Eco-friendly

Now that we are conscious of how our activities here on earth affects our planet itself, eco-friendly materials are now the order of the day. Since reclaimed woods are recovered from old structures as opposed to cutting down new trees (Which would at the end of the take a toll on our planet’s ozone layer), they are the eco-friendliest source of wood for your home.

Once more, most of these reclaimed woods have equal strength as the fleshly cut woods. As a matter of fact, some of these reclaimed wood like the old growth woods are stronger than fresh wood. This is because they had achieved maturity before they were cut down.

Reclaimed Coffee Table
Reclaimed Coffee Table

4.    They’ve got character

In all probability, this is the most obvious reason why
reclaimed wood and rustic furniture is very popular in today’s world. While new
woods are loved for their flawlessness, reclaimed woods are loved for their
imperfections. All the imperfections on reclaimed wood add up to the full
character of the wood. For instance, stain, nail holes, checking, bug holes as
well as deterioration marks can make a reclaimed wood beautiful. The overall
character of the reclaimed wood also comes from its history and age. As a
matter of fact, the older the reclaimed wood gets, the more character it
develops and the more appealing it becomes. Since reclaimed woods age
differently, everyone your find would almost certainly have its own unique
character. At the end of the day, all these unique characters would contribute
their own quota into making your home beautiful.

5.    There are readily available

You won’t have to stress to acquire reclaimed wood for your decoration needs. Then again, it would be better for you to buy from experienced providers as they would have reinforced the wood before putting it up for sale.

If you need to give your home a rustic look, you can utilize these recovered woods for the siding, headboard, floor or furniture of your home. By the day’s end, your home would be chicer and welcoming while you get the opportunity to get a good deal on your furnishings, deck, siding, and anyplace else you utilize the recovered wood in your home.

This is where you get to make the best use of your budget without compromising your home’s stylish appearance.

6.    Good looks

At the end of the day, the reason why reclaimed wood is so popular today boils down to its good looks. It doesn’t matter how eco-friendly it is, how much history it conveys, how high-quality it is or how full of character it is; if it doesn’t look good, no one will find it attractive.

If you think reclaimed wood is popular, then it’s because people find it attractive. Just take a look at any home with reclaimed wood as its décor and see how it compares to other homes. You’ll see that the difference is very clear.

  • How much
    does it cost?

Reclaimed wood, in general, is not overly expensive and you can expect to find it offered at prices that are well within your means. This goes without saying that the price of the reclaimed wood is greatly influenced by its age, quality, size, etc. Another factor that can influence the price of the salvaged wood is the print on the wood.

Generally, lumbers have their own inherent print that makes them different from other lumbers. This unique print is similar to a human’s fingerprint in several ways. But unlike the human’s fingerprint, two or more timbers can have similar print patterns.

But then again, some prints are very hard to come by. Notwithstanding, you’ll have an array of wood print to browse when you consult premium suppliers of reclaimed wood for your wood needs. Taking everything into account, you can expect to find top-quality reclaimed woods offered from $10/sf to $50/sf at the very least.

Although most premium suppliers of reclaimed woods have a minimum order for their products. To know the reclaimed wood options that are available to you, contact your premium supplier of top quality reclaimed wood.

  • Why are
    some reclaimed woods so expensive

Like we said earlier, the cost of reclaimed wood is influenced by a lot of factors such as size, print, quality, age, etc. Some suppliers also reinforce their reclaimed wood so that it can last long term without failing.

Of course, they’ll want to be compensated for their investment and thoughtfulness. That’s why some reclaimed woods are more expensive than others.

Tips for removing 6 common Stains in Wood

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Farm House Kitchen

How to remove 6 common stains from wood furniture

Many of the finishes on our furniture does protect the wooden surface from damage by offering a protective coating. However, when you expose your wooden surface to stains, they can decolorize it and damage it if you do not act as fast possible in removing the stains. By removing the stains you can save the color of your furniture and enhance the natural beauty of the surface.

There are so many stains which can damage your wooden surface some of them are oil stain, paint stain, permanent marker stain, red wine stain, coffee stain, and water stain. If you wish to know on how you can remove the above stains your wooden surface then you should read the guide below.

Precautions when removing stains from wood

When removing any of the above stains with chemicals, it is important to wear protective gear such as chemical resistant gloves and safety goggles. Wear closed toe shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. By doing this, you can prevent any stain from getting into direct contact with your skin.

You should also read the instructions written by the manufacturers about the stain removers.

White ring stain caused by moisture (heat stain)

1. How to remove water stain from wood

Using a hairdryer

Just put it at its lowest setting before you direct it at the water stain. Make sure that you only move the dryer around the mark so that there is not direct heat onto the wooden surface as it can overheat and damage it.

Petroleum jelly

Apply a small amount of petroleum jelly into a soft, clean piece of cloth and use it in rubbing around the water stain in a circular manner. In case the stain still exists, you can try to apply more petroleum jelly product and allow it to stay there for around 1-2 hours before rubbing the surface so that you can remove the stain.

Toothpaste

If you have a stain as a result of a water stain, then you can use toothpaste. However, before you use it, you must ensure that you are using a plain white toothpaste and avoid using colored one or one which is made of whitening chemicals.

Gently squeeze some toothpaste onto a clean piece of cloth and rub it gently into the water stains. Dip another piece of cloth into the water so that you can use it in wiping your wooden surface to remove the stains and toothpaste.

Steel wool

When it comes to removing water stains using steel wool, then you must use one with the finest grade so that can avoid scratching your table. Dip the steel wool into lemon oil and start rubbing it gently over the affected area. Be careful as you are doing this so that you do not damage your wooden surface finish.

Red Wine

2.  How to remove a red wine stain in the wood

It’s possible that you accidentally spill a glass of red wine while you are at home sitting quietly of holding a party. However, if this wine happens to land on your hardwood table or flooring it can easily soak into thereby having a permanent mark on your wood. Fresh red wine will be much easier to remove compared to a stain which has been there for a longer period of time. If you wish to remove the red wine stain then you should follow the methods below.

Blotting

In case the red wine has not dried fully, then you can use your kitchen faucet to dampen an absorbent cloth or paper towel. Blot up this wine by pressing the damp towel directly onto the stain without wiping it.

Oil-soap solution

In case the wood has been stained mildly, then you can use an oil soap solution in removing it. Just mix about 60ml of oil soap with 3.8 liters of hot water. After you have mixed this solution just dip a dry and soft cloth onto the mixture. Make sure you wring this cloth so that it becomes slightly wet before you can use it in scrubbing the wood which has a red wine stain. After scrubbing the stain, rinse the area with warm and dry it using another clean damp cloth.

Using a vinegar solution

Just mix an equal amount of water and vinegar solution. Mix enough solution which can cover the stained area. Soak a clean cloth into the mixture, but in this, you should not wring it since the solution is expected to seep into the wood for you to be able to remove the stain. Place the cloth over the red wine stain such that it starts to lift. After the stain lifting, you can use a clean rag in scrubbing the stain until you completely remove it.

Coffee Stains happen

3. How to remove a coffee stain in the wood

When you accidentally spill coffee wood but you are able to wipe it immediately, you are likely not going to leave ant stain. However, if you allow it to soak into the wood, it can leave a tough stain which may be difficult to remove.

To remove a coffee stain from wood just use the procedure below.

Things which you require:

  • One tablespoon of a wood polish
  • A clean buffing cloth. Absorbent clean cloths or paper towels.
  • One tablespoon of white vinegar
  • Water
  • ½ teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent.

The procedure of removing the coffee stain

  • First, you will be required to take a paper absorbent paper towel and dip it into the ½ teaspoon of liquid detergent and water so as to moisten them. Use the wet paper towels in wiping off the stain from the wooden surface. This method is very useful when it comes to fresh coffee stains.
  • Wipe the stain carefully using the towel and try the blot the stained area using another clean paper towel.
  • Next, you will be required to treat the coffee stain which might be remained by making sure that you use a stronger cleaning agent. In this case, the agent is white vinegar.
  • Pour one tablespoon of white vinegar onto the coffee stain and leave it to settle there for about 1 minute. Using a clean towel to wipe away the vinegar. Allow the wood to dry.
  • If your wooden surface has been discolored by the coffee stain, then you can easily restore its natural shine by using a wood polish.
  • Just pour one teaspoon of wood polish onto a clean cloth and rub your surface using this cloth. Allow it to dry before rubbing again using a clean cloth.

4. How to remove an oil stain in the wood

Since wood is very porous it’s able to absorb oil quickly, thereby leaving a nasty stain. However, there are so many ways on how you can remove the oil stain, the guide below can give you what you can do.

Things which you need

  • Baking soda
  • Dish liquid
  • An iron
  • Thick brown paper
  • Mineral spirits
  • A scrub brush
  • Bowl

Steps for removing an oil stain from wood

  • You can start by pouring an absorbent powder probably baking soda over the oil stain until it is about 0.25 inches thick.
  • Allow the stain to stay there for about 6 hours.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner in removing the stain from the wooden surface. In case the stain has not been removed completely, just repeat the procedure as the many times until you completely remove it.
  • If the above procedure does not seem to be successful, juts ray a piece of thick brown paper over the oil stain.
  • Set the iron at its lowest setting, so that you can start rubbing it slowly over the thick brown paper. When the oil is exposed to cool temperatures they can solidify and by doing this it can liquefy them. Just allow the paper to soak them and in case the paper becomes saturated you can replace it with a new one.
  • After doing this, you can repeat step i-iii
  • In case there are stains which have remained, then you a mix some dish liquid with water and swish it on your hand so as to create suds.
  • Scoop the surface using these suds. Use a dry cloth so as to remove oil residue and soap.
  • In case the oil stain is still stubborn, then you also try using mineral spirits so as to loosen the stain.

5. How to remove a paint stain in the wood

When you are remodeling or painting the interior of your home, some drops of paint are likely to spill onto your wooden surface. The best thing you can do in this is to try removing the paint immediately since if you leave it longer it can seep deep into the wooden surface, making it harder for you to remove it. You can use paint thinner and water in removing the stain.

You must first determine, the kind of paint stain you want to remove. Pain stain which is water based can be best removed with a clean towel and warm water. If it’s paint which is oil-based it will require you to use a paint thinner.

Apply a paint thinner on the stained area in a sparing manner so as to prevent removing the wooden finish.

Using a heat gun:

In case you have a heat gun, then you can point it close to the pain stain so that it softens it. After that, you can try to scratch the paint layers using your putty knife. Use a damp cloth to wipe the stained area. In case this method does not work, then you can try to use a Goo Goo painter’s pal. Just apply directly this product to the paint stain.

Using mineral spirits:

Oil-based paint can continue to cling onto your wooden surface if you use plain water in wiping it away. Just dip a clean, soft cloth into the mineral spirit and use it in wiping the stain. Repeat this process until all the paint stain has been removed.

Using boiled linseed oil:

If the paint spills have dried up you can soften them by soaking a clean cloth into boiled linseed oil and rubbing it over the stain.

6. How to remove permanent marker from wood

Nail polish remover

  • Pour a nail polish remover onto the permanent marker stain.
  • Scrub the permanent stain using a towel and you will realize that it will start to lift u slowly.

Toothpaste

Another is using a regular toothpaste by applying it directly onto the stain.

Toothpaste can offer you so many cleaning features apart from those of oral hygiene. If you have a stain as a result of a permanent marker, then you can use toothpaste.

However, before you use it, you must ensure that you are using a plain white toothpaste and avoid using colored one or one which is made of whitening chemicals.

Gently squeeze some toothpaste onto a clean piece of cloth and rub it gently into the stains. Dip another piece of cloth into the water so that you can use it in wiping your wooden surface to remove the stains and toothpaste.

Penetrating oil

This kind of oil has low viscosity and that is why it’s mainly used in loosening rusty bolts and nuts. If you are able to use it well, it can lift the permanent marker stains. Just apply this oil directly onto the stains on your wooden surface and leave it to stay there for a few minutes. Use a clean piece of cloth to wipe off your surface so as to remove the stains.

Melamine foam erasers

Normally the melamine foam erasers are used in removing scuff marks from painted surfaces, vinyl, tile, and wood. These erasers can be used in wood surfaces in lightening or completely removing the permanent marker stains.

Isopropyl alcohol

Dip a clean piece of cloth into alcohol and gently wipe over the affected areas so that you can remove the permanent marks. Avoid pouring alcohol directly onto the wood surface or saturating the wood as this can damage it more.

As you can see there are many different approaches to removing many of the common everyday stains from your wood furniture.  Some many work better depending on the type of stain that you have on your wood furniture. 

Whenever attempting to remove any stain it is important to try the method on a concealed area to test as you do not want to cause permanent damage to the wood finish.  I hope that this information has helped you with your project.

How to get Bugs out of reclaimed wood

Reclaimed Wood is Eco-friendly

How to treat reclaimed wood for bugs

You should be aware that though reclaimed wood is eco-friendly and is very appealing to the eyes, however, there may be a real threat for no one knows what they house. This is due to the fact that planks are normally sourced from old structures. Pieces of old and unmaintained wood may be housing some unwanted organisms such as insects and you would not like to have that in your house.

There are a few ways to get those pesky bugs out of your reclaimed wood. You can use a chemical treatment to kill the bugs or use safe methods such as heating or freezing the wood.

Which ever method you choose it is important to know that rustic piece of reclaimed wood may be housing insects that can prove to be a nuisance. It is important to know some simple methods for removing bugs on wood.

Reclaimed wood

What kind of bugs live in wood?

You should be aware that many types of bugs can actually live in the wood that you have reclaimed and you need to be extra cautious. Here are some of the common types of bugs that can be in your wood and how you can detect them.

Termites

Termites

These are the most prevalent insects that are responsible for damaging the wood. Termites can bring down a wooden house if not properly watched and eliminated. There are more than two thousand different types of termites and the unique thing about them is that each type has a unique appetite on what it wants to feed on. The good thing is that there is a sign you can look at on your reclaimed wood and identify the presence of termites in them.

  • Mud tubes on the wood that is the size of a pencil, then it is definite the wood host termites and then you will be required to ensure you completely eliminate them.
  • Discarded wings around the wood that have been actually shed by some of the worker’s termites
  • If you find some insects on your wood that look like white ants, you should know that these are actually living termites. You should therefore immediately find the right means to eliminate them and save your piece of reclaimed wood.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ant

The damage that is normally caused by carpenter ants usually is similar to what termites do. For you to identify if the wood is infested by these insects you should look if you can find wings present on the wood. Additionally, you will identify that these ants have created tunnels within the wood to travel. This is because they normally prefer the moist part of the wood especially if there is mold growing in it. If you notice any of the characteristics here then you should be aware that you are facing a wood infested with carpenter ants. You should therefore quickly use the appropriate method to eliminate them from your reclaimed wood and ensure they do not escape for they can spread to other furniture in your home and start destroying them too.

Beetles

Beetle

Beetles may also be found in reclaimed wood. There are several types of beetles and each of them is attracted to a specific type of wood. To be specific some are attracted to the sapwood of hardwood lumbers. One thing that is unique about beetles and is worth noting is that they can remain on the inside of your wood for a prolonged period of time. You should, therefore, use the best methods available to eliminate beetles from you reclaimed wood to avoid further destruction.

The methods used to reclaim wood against bugs?

One thing we should be aware of is that our furniture may house many insects and yet go unnoticed. A greater disappointment is that even if you try and sand your pieces of furniture you may still fail to reclaim it too. Here are the methods one can use to treat reclaimed wood for bugs.

1. Wrap wood in Plastic

Take your reclaimed wood outside and wrap it in a heavy plastic. Place it outside in the sun on a hot day. Certainly, the temperature inside the plastic will get hot enough to force the bugs out of the wood. Some will die inside the plastic while others will lay exposed and you can easily remove or brush them away.

2. Freezing the wood

If your piece is small enough or you have a big freezer we can try method #2. You can do this by placing the wood in a commercial freezer (if you have one) or a chest freezer and leaving the reclaimed wood for approximately 72 hours. When necessary you can thaw the item and repeat the freezing to kill bugs that may be resistant to this procedure. By doing so the bugs will be eventually die in the wood.

3. Fumigating the wood

Another procedure for treating reclaimed wood for bugs is fumigating the wood. You will cover the wood in plastic and introduce a “fogger” or “bug bomb” that sprays the insecticide. Containing it in the plastic will actually hinder the insects from spreading into the air. In addition, the insecticide will only work on the bugs that are on the wood and ultimately kill them.

4. Spray or sprinkle the insecticide

This is done for insects that are wood-eating or wood-boring on the reclaimed wood. For instance, precise foam or Tim-bor normally penetrates into the wood surfaces and gets at any bug that may be hiding inside the wood. You can also inject an insecticide known as Termidor into the wood and it will kill bugs.

You can also heat the reclaimed wood to around 140 degrees Celsius. This kind of extreme temperature will kill all sorts of insects and bugs in your piece of wood. Any insect even those hiding inside the wood will be forced to try and escape and will be terminated in the process. You can then remove the remnants of these insects by scrubbing the wood. You can then go ahead and sand the wood continuously and vacuum it to remove any sort of debris and dust.

The above discussion clearly shows the appropriate methods of reclaiming wood that is infested with bags. One should not let precious pieces of wood go into waste just because one fears they may be hosting bugs. These pieces of wood can be used for various purposes in our homes and therefore reclaiming them is important.

Remove white rings from wood table in seconds

Heat mark on Wood table

What causes white rings on wood furniture?

Stains on wood furniture are the worst!  The white rings that appear on a table out of nowhere can drive you nuts trying to remove them.   In this article I will give you a few tips on how you can remove white ring stains from your wood furniture.

The first time I noticed one of these white ring stains on my brand new table it infuriated me!  I tried all types of cleaners which almost seemed to make it worse!   Products that claim to remove any stain we’re useless. In this article I will give you a couple of quick home remedies for removing these pesky white ring stains from your wood furniture.   

Main cause of white rings on wood furniture

First it’s important to understand where these stains come from.   Is it that I didn’t use a coaster when I put down my glass?    Could it be from the oils in your skin as you rest your arms on the table?   Did somebody spilled an entire thing of bleach on my table?

There’s a simple answer to this common problem that we all have. The main cause of these white rings are actually caused by hot plates.  That’s right, hot plates are the main cause of white rings on your table. I guess I should have listened to my mom when she told me to use a placemat at dinner time.

Now don’t get me wrong hot plates are not the only thing that causes these white rings.  That hot coffee cup that you have every morning, the warm pizza box that you set on the table on a Friday night or that quick TV dinner that you just whipped up on a Wednesday while watching Jeopardy.

These white rings you’re seeing or actually called heat stains. What’s happening is the heat is being trapped under these things.  When the heat is trapped underneath the moisture is building up as well which is causing these white rings.

Not to worry before you go spending thousands of dollars replacing on your furniture there are some easy fixes.  Now granted all these fixes May not pan out the same depending on your situation.

Five ways to remove white rings from your wood table

1.  Get yourself a hot iron

That’s right, this is one of the easiest ways to remove these white stains.  I was actually freaked out the first time I attempted to use a hot iron on my brand-new table. I mean who in their right mind uses an iron on a dining room table?

So how do you use the iron to remove the stain? 

First you’ll want to go ahead and grab yourself an old white T-shirt or cloth. The T-shirt or cloth is going to act as your barrier between the iron and the wood surface. Then you will want to empty out all the water that maybe in the iron as many recommend.  Although I have found success with using the steam as well but always proceed with caution! 

Now go ahead and fire up that old iron that has been sitting in your closet for the last 15 years. Once your iron has had a chance to heat up you will want to place the cloth over the stain and slowly move the iron back and forth over the stained area for a short period of time.   Now that your t-shirt is completely wrinkle-free lift it up and use a dry white cloth to wipe away the stain.

So why does this iron method work?

Essentially what you’re doing with this method is heating up the moisture that is trapped in the wood causing it to evaporate and rise to the surface.   Once the moisture reaches the surface you’re wiping away the white ring stain at its root cause.  

2.  Some good old Toothpaste

 I mean if toothpaste is good enough to clean your teeth it should be good enough to get that stain out of your wood table right?  

 I can honestly say I’ve tried this method a few times and it didn’t pan out too well for me but it may for you. What you do is place a dab of toothpaste on your finger or on a towel and rub it into the wood grain until it gets a little warm.  After you’re done applying toothpaste take a damp chow and wipe it down.

 It’s recommended that you use the standard White toothpaste not the gel. Also be sure not to scrub too long or outside the stained area which may put a little unnecessary wear on the wood finish.  Always remember to test a small hidden area.   If at first you don’t succeed try and try again until the stains are gone.

3.  Let’s give that stain the Salon treatment

Now were going to turn your dining room into a full-fledged salon so break out the hair dryer.  Now take your hair dryer and turn it up to the highest setting. Get that baby close to the stain and hold it there for about 30 minutes moving at back and forth over the area.  What we’re trying to do is evaporate the moisture that is in the wood causing the white ring.  If and when the stain goes away add a little olive oil onto the wood to give him a little finish.

I would definitely recommend this method if you have about 30 minutes to kill on a Saturday afternoon. What better to do then sit in your dining room holding a hair dryer (just kidding?) 

4.   Time to bake with some baking soda

 This method is very similar to the toothpaste method.  What we’re going to do is make a paste with baking soda and it little bit of water.   It is recommended to use two parts baking soda to one part water but you can just eyeball this as it’s not rocket science.

I’ll grab one of those white rags you have laying around and apply it to the surface gently.   Baking soda can be abrasive I’ll be sure not to scrub too hard so that you don’t damage the finish.

 Afterwards use a damp cloth to wipe away the baking soda.   if the stain did not disappear by now you can always try again.

5. Let’s break out some steel wool

For this method you will need some fine steel wool and a little bit of lemon oil. You will want to soak the steel war in the lemon oil for a little bit.   Now take out the steel wool in ever so gently start rubbing the white ring away.  

  The lemon oil will help to prevent scratching the wood surface but that’s essentially what you’re doing with this method.   Think of it as a real light surface sanding.   After you’re done taking it clean cloth and wipe down the surface.   If the stain is still there you can always give it another go.

As you can see there are many ways that can help in removing white rings from wood furniture.  All furniture finishes are not created equal so if one method doesn’t work you can always move on to the next.  Just remember to always test the method on a hidden spot so that it doesn’t make more issues!

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How to glue up wood table tops

One of the most basic things you can learn how to do in wood working is the glue up of two pieces of wood. There are various reasons why you would glue up wood. Glue is the hold all with any woodworking project

Check out my post “Different types of wood glue for your woodworking project”

Top 3 applications for glue ups:

  • Table tops
  • Joints
  • Cutting boards

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Choosing the best wood for the job

Picking out the best wood is key to any woodworking project. Choosing boards with end grains that run vertical are best when gluing up tops. This cuts down one your table top bowing or cupping.

Check out my post on “How to select the right wood for your project”

Check the board cup?

When I glue up boards I like to check the cup of each board. I typically try to arrange the boards so that the cups are opposite of each other. In theory this method is used so that after time the entire piece is working together to keep the top nice and flat.

Glue squeeze out?

Applying enough glue to the joint is extremely important. Glue squeeze out is just that. The glue that squeezes out of the joint after the boards are clamped together. I personally like to have a hefty squeeze out so that I know the entire edge is covered. Before the squeeze out dries you can use a wet cloth to wipe the excess glue off. If there is any remaining glue after the joint has dried you can use a sander or car scraper to remove the excess. It is important to note that stain doesn’t take well to glue so if staining the boards is your end finish make sure to remove all squeeze out from areas that can not be reached with a sander.

Simple glue up

One of the most basic methods is simply to apply a wood glue evenly to the entire edge of one board. Making sure that you have an Adequate amounts of glue. Once the glue is applied to the edge simply clamp the two boards in place. Depending on the size of the top you should alternate the clamps placing 1 clamp on the bottom then the next on the top. Always starting with two bottom clamps on each end. This will help the boards stay flat during the drying process.

Kreg Jig
Kreg Jig

Pocket holes & Kreg screws

This is a great option for the Hobbiest and Professional. When pocket holes are used correctly and in the right application they can speed up the the entire process. This method uses a pocket hole jig to drill a hole in the edge of a board. This allows the boards to be attached using screws. The Kreg jig can be set to use on various board thicknesses. The pocket hole method will provide a strong bond between the two boards. When using pocket holes and screws glue should be used as well. Glue is what will make the joint hold up over time. (Never skip gluing a joint)

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Dewalt Biscuit Joiner
Dewalt Biscuit Joiner

Biscuits joints

Biscuit joints are used in vast applications by professionals. This method of joining wood involves cutting a small slot in the edge of two boards that a small wooden biscuit will slide into. Using a biscuit joiner correctly will make it easier to keep the board surface flat when glued together. This means less sanding! When using the biscuit joiner (also known as a plate joiner) make sure to set the depth of the slot to the middle of the boards. The biscuits are glued into the slots. Glue is also applied to the boards edge. Once all edges and biscuits are glued the boards can be clamped together making sure to Aline the biscuits to the opposing boards slots. After clamping the boards together use a wet rag to wipe off the excess from any squeeze out. This will save time sanding off dry glue later. The biscuits will swell once dried making for a nice strong joint. Glue is what will make the joint hold up over time. (Never skip gluing a joint)

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