It was Gerrit Reitvild who first deconstructed a transport crate to reassemble it into furniture that was both affordable and could be easily constructed from the individual pieces. In that sprit this booklet is made to reveal a method to dismantle this wooden beast of burden, the pallet.
Like a donkey it has to be broken-in and for the task you will need
a lump mallet,
a claw hammer,
and a prybar.
You will also need a scrap piece of wood, MDF or ply to use as a cushion to avoided damaging the wood when knocking pieces apart.
Bare in mind that pallets come in various sizes, shapes and conditions, so you may find this manual to be more of a rough guideline then accurate instructions when applying them to your pallet.
Step 1: Steps
1) Begin by turning the pallet upside down and knocking the chocks (wooden supporting blocks) out.
2) The technique here is to distribute your blows with the lump mallet between the three blocks (a, b and c) and gradually knock the sections apart.
3) Once you have done this to all three supporting sections place these pieces underneath the main body of the pallet.