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  • How to Disassemble a Pallet Efficiently

    I've worked in a number of warehouses/depots and we always had a pile of broken pallets, which I'm sure they'd let you pick from if you asked nicely. Also if you can get to talk to the forklift driver, they might accidently run over a couple of pallets for you! I would've done that for a fellow woodworker when I drove an FLT.I also volunteered at a recycled wood/wood reclamation yard for a few months and we had claw hammers; nail bars of different lengths, and a couple of things like ClintC15 mentioned for prying them apart. Although some are more determined at hanging on to their nails than others and I even bent a claw hammer, because I was hanging off it trying to get out a particularly tricky one!Again, nice to hear from fellow members in the US and Australia bragging about their fa...

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    I've worked in a number of warehouses/depots and we always had a pile of broken pallets, which I'm sure they'd let you pick from if you asked nicely. Also if you can get to talk to the forklift driver, they might accidently run over a couple of pallets for you! I would've done that for a fellow woodworker when I drove an FLT.I also volunteered at a recycled wood/wood reclamation yard for a few months and we had claw hammers; nail bars of different lengths, and a couple of things like ClintC15 mentioned for prying them apart. Although some are more determined at hanging on to their nails than others and I even bent a claw hammer, because I was hanging off it trying to get out a particularly tricky one!Again, nice to hear from fellow members in the US and Australia bragging about their fancy hardwood pallets, while us poor Brits have to beg, borrow and steal just to get a sniff at some half decent timber. It's just not fair, I tell ya!

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  • How to Flatten Boards With Just a Planer

    Some great ideas to take away and all well and good if you have a garage full of electric kit. However, you can't beat the feeling of satisfaction you get from preparing a cupped or warped piece of timber with hand planes.

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  • Turning Your Own Wooden Mallet

    Very nice mallet. I don't have a lathe, but I do have a lovely handmade mallet (lignum head, ash handle and ebony wedge), which is absolute joy to handle.However, I should say that for some of us using reclaimed timber is a necessity not a fashion choice. Generally in the UK, good quality timber is very expensive, especially hardwood, and the everyday-type softwood that you can buy in DIY outlets is of relatively poor quality. If you're lucky, there will be recycled wood depot near where you live, where you can get well seasoned softwood, and some hardwood, at very reasonable prices. They will have removed all the obvious nails and screws, but it's then up to you to check it's completely nail-free and work it into a condition where you can use it to make whatever you want.

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  • Beginning Woodworking Part 2: Fall Front Wooden Toolbox

    Nice toolbox. I will definitely get around to making one of these. My late father was a time-served carpenter & joiner and he had one of these (in the traditional matt black) from when he was an apprentice in the 1940s. I remember it used to live on a shelf in the garage and contained all of his woodworking tools, including a Stanley 4 1/2 and a Record 5 1/2 that I now use. In later years he decided to bolt the tool box to the shelf and fit a padlock, as we had had a spate of thefts from garages in our area, but it eventually rotted away (I think due to a leaky roof) and I think he chopped it up and burnt it on a fire in our garden. I didn't always get on that well with my dad (we were too much alike), but I respected him and particularly his skills as a carpenter. I want to make a ...

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    Nice toolbox. I will definitely get around to making one of these. My late father was a time-served carpenter & joiner and he had one of these (in the traditional matt black) from when he was an apprentice in the 1940s. I remember it used to live on a shelf in the garage and contained all of his woodworking tools, including a Stanley 4 1/2 and a Record 5 1/2 that I now use. In later years he decided to bolt the tool box to the shelf and fit a padlock, as we had had a spate of thefts from garages in our area, but it eventually rotted away (I think due to a leaky roof) and I think he chopped it up and burnt it on a fire in our garden. I didn't always get on that well with my dad (we were too much alike), but I respected him and particularly his skills as a carpenter. I want to make a box like the one you've created to store my hand tools and the few that I inherited from him.

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  • TheNottingHammer commented on -BALES-'s instructable The Pallet Coffee Table1 year ago
    The Pallet Coffee Table

    That's a very nice table with an interesting design. And a clear & concise set of instructions. I will definitely be carrying out similar projects in the future.Living in the UK where decent new wood is expensive (and hardwood very expensive), I have long been an advocate of using pallet wood, indeed any old wood I could get my hands on - indeed some new softwood seems to be very poor quality, almost like balsa!I am currently volunteering at a place called East Midlands Wood Recycling (in Derby, England/UK - http://www.eastmidlandswoodrecycling.org.uk/) and they stock a large range of recycled timber in all sizes and at very reasonable prices. The owner, will also give you an even better price if you are a charity/school/other educational institution. Any Quorans living nearby shoul...

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    That's a very nice table with an interesting design. And a clear & concise set of instructions. I will definitely be carrying out similar projects in the future.Living in the UK where decent new wood is expensive (and hardwood very expensive), I have long been an advocate of using pallet wood, indeed any old wood I could get my hands on - indeed some new softwood seems to be very poor quality, almost like balsa!I am currently volunteering at a place called East Midlands Wood Recycling (in Derby, England/UK - http://www.eastmidlandswoodrecycling.org.uk/) and they stock a large range of recycled timber in all sizes and at very reasonable prices. The owner, will also give you an even better price if you are a charity/school/other educational institution. Any Quorans living nearby should help keep old wood out of landfills and check them out.

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  • TheNottingHammer commented on WoodPlusMore's instructable Walnut Handle Chisel Set1 year ago
    Walnut Handle Chisel Set

    The copper ferrule goes beautifully with the walnut. A very nice job and I think a nice wooden handle makes a chisel feel better when you're using it - some will no doubt disagree, but I've just bought some new chisels and mine have hornbeam handles which feel great. They also take a great edge and stay sharp, which is also quite important :-). I've got a bunch of older chisels - some with plastic handles, some with broken wooden handles, so this is definitely something I'll look at doing over the next few years.

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  • How to Beak Down Sheet Material Easily!

    Good, quick, simple and cheap solution. Definitely something I'll consider in the future. Good to hear a West Midlands accent on Instructables - I'm Notts born & bred. One little thing though - our American friends would probably appreciate everything in imperial measurements, so using both is probably the way to go for videos. You started off using both then went on to just use metric for a coupe of measurements. Hope you don't think I'm being too picky!

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  • TheNottingHammer commented on mscharch's instructable Laminated 2X4 Work Tables1 year ago
    Laminated 2X4 Work Tables

    Really nice job! With perhaps a different finish and maybe a little mod here and there, that table would look great in any number of rooms - Workshop, Kitchen, Dining Room, study. Amazing what you can do with ordinary 2" x 6" softwood I particularly love the 'K' braces as my first name is Ken!

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  • Car Wheel Bicycle - the Learn to Weld Project

    Ride this for a few weeks and you'd be well on the way legs like Tom Platz!

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