Here we are just one more day before Christmas and I’m writing about pallets. There’s nothing I’d rather talk about, other than my goat. 😉
So today we will go more onto the different types and treatment of pallets.
- and our USA
I’ve used all of these. The European pallets have large approx. 3″ x 3″ blocks that separate the boards. Eg. I use these for plant holders. Perfect for succulents or air plants. The wood from European pallets are mostly made of 1″ thick good pine wood. Also they are doubled on the boards. This is good because more wood is always good. Downfall- They use lots of nails to put them together. But as for me, I use this to my advantage and use these boards for something that would be made from naily boards. Giving the piece a very rustic look.
Canadian pallets are said to be one of the best pallets. But it is from Canada…LOL So enough said. These pallets do generally come with good pine boards and beautiful detail in the board.
But the USA pallets have many good qualities. Lots are crafted from hard oak boards. Giving lots of detail and character to the boards. I love the saw marks. They add such amazing beauty to any piece. I’ve come across many pallets that have boards with the bark still on the pine board. This can be used for SO many items of decor.
Moving on to the Treatments of pallets. As we know pallets are used for so many things. Some ship sod, some ship machine equipment and then many ship everyday household items. Many many uses for pallets.
Treatment Codes –
Pallets have stamps on them that tell you the way the wood was treated.
HT – Heat Treated ~ untreated and safe to use.
DB – Debarked ~untreated and safe to use.
MB – Methyl Bromide ~ A Fumigation – TOXIC – Do Not Use
Colored Pallets – Can be Toxic and avoid use.
These Codes and/or IPPC ( Import Regulations) can tell a lot about a pallet. For instance, how it was treated and the company who treated it, the manufacture, date made, where it was made ( country code), and the IPPC Symbol itself.
These wooden crates that are used for shipping and SO many different uses now a days are amazing and the detail goes into each and everyone. The things we take for granted sometimes. So look for the IPPC and treatment codes before building or ever entering your home.
Blessings for a Merry Christmas to everyone!
Paula and Buckshot