Recycling wood from pallets

Pallet slats are consistent in size and thickness, making them a versatile source of wood with many uses from panelling to furniture

The Barn

Southampton Wood Recycling furnished Hunning Homes with 80 square metres of pallet boards for a pallet wood ceiling and a bespoke scaffold board table for their project to renovate 3 disused farm buildings into self-contained holiday lets at The Oaks in Durley, Hampshire.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to deal with Southampton Wood Recycling … We purchased almost 80sqm of pallets for our pallet ceiling and a scaffold board table which was made bespoke to suit our needs. I honestly cannot recommend them enough and we will definitely be going back there in the future!”

Tom Jeffes, Hunning Homes

The Northbrook Arms

The Northbrook Arms is a small pub in East Stratton, a village north of the historic city of Winchester, Hampshire. In 2021 they comissioned Southampton Wood Recyling to make them this elegant outdoor furniture, all from reclaimed pallets.

“We couldn’t be happier with the furniture Southampton Wood Recycling Project made for us! Excellent quality, made to measure and fantastic people to deal with. From start to finish it was a joy working with them and I strongly recommend working with them on your next project!”

Adam Shanley, Northbrook Arms

Pallet creations from our customers

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With repairs, a wooden pallet can last up to 3 years and travel many thousand miles before needing to be recycled

The Boring Talks #4 – Wooden Pallets

How did the wooden pallet become the ‘single most important object in the global economy’? Liam Shaw delves deep in to the history of this ubiquitous object.

Listen to the podcast on BBC iPlayer

Using pallet wood safely

Before you begin working with pallet wood, you need to establish that it’s safe for the project you’re undertaking. Pallets are sometimes treated with dangerous pesticides to preserve them, and even safely treated pallets may be exposed to dangerous chemicals during their lifetime. There’s also the risk that the wood may be damaged or infected with rot which can weaken it. If you can’t establish if the pallet you have is safe or not, do not use it for indoor projects such as headboards and furniture, or for garden projects like planters if you expect food may be grown near the wood. Never burn questionable pallet wood or treated lumber in your fireplace or outdoor fire pit.

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Other stamps

Stamps about pallet treatments will usually appear next to the IPPC logo (International Plant Protection Convention, which works to reduce the spread of plant pests and diseases). HT = Heat Treated, DB = Debarked, KD = Kiln Dried. These are all safe methods of treating pallets for woodborne disease. The stamp may also include a code to indicate the country and region of origin. EPAL pallets are certified according to the current european standard, and have been debarked and heat treated. None of these stamps indicate any danger.

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