I did some "googling" on insectside and pallets. In the limited cases where
the pallet is used to transport goods into the USA and bug contamination is
suspected, then there is a chance of the use of insecticide. The ONLY
approved pest removal for pallets is temperature. Check the site for pallet
manufacturers on this. While this does not eliminate the possibility someone
sprayed a pallet with something. Caution should always be used
Here in the UK, pallets are junkwood. You can use them for birdboxes,
but not much else.
Or using a saw / sawblade that doesn't care. It's not stuff you need
to run through a planer -- the wood quality just isn't that good.
IMHE with bathouses (don't ask, it was painful) you need a tablesaw
jig for grooving the inner "rungs" quickly. The right spacing is
apparently important for some species of bat, especially when your
customer is asking you for 500 of them at _exactly_ the right spacing.
As a matter of fact, I've used old pallets to make both bird houses and at
least one bat house. I'm not sure if any bats ever used the bat house as
it is tied up in a tree at the back of my yard and I've never checked
it. However, we have had some birds use the bird houses, primarily house
finches, and a squirrel family used on of the larger houses one year.
Most of the hard wood pallets I find appear to be made of white oak, there
are also a fair number of boards made of some pale, finer-grained wood
that I can't identify. It lookes something like birch.
Better to be stuck up in a tree than tied to one.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar.org
If they are US made, most are poplar (aspen). In northern Wisconsin, and
the Upper Peninsula of Michigan thousands are built each week. Some are
maple and a few are oak. Birch is sometimes used, but the vast majority
Say Ya to the UP EH!
They must be shipping them somewhere else than here, then... :)
Don't recall _ever_ seeing a pallet of something as soft/weak as poplar.
_Most_ I'm seeing any more are pretty obviously non-native species but
what is, is nearly always cull-oak.
It's what you've got. "Popple" is pretty much worthless, so pallets are
about all there is to make a nickle out of it.
Lots of soft maple and birch - mostly boxed hearts - go into the pallet
skids of the tougher types, though it's not unusual to see poplar boards.
Not the half-inch fast to split crap like you see with the red oak, but
close to 4/4 popple. Doesn't split, and it's strong enough.
Around here, (Maryland) "poplar" usually means a relatively soft,
straight-grained but nondescript hardwood most obvious by it's greenish
tinge, Very easy to work with but not very good rot-resistance; pallets
made from this poplar would not last very long outdoors. I take it the
poplar-aspen you refer to is a different species. Now that I think of
it, I have seen pet bedding that was made from aspen shavings and chips
and it is deifinitely not the poplar I am familiar with.
There is always an easy solution to every human problem -- neat,
plausible, and wrong." (H L Mencken)
Yeah, good catch....I somehow missed the aspen even though it's right
there and thought of the southern/eastern tulip poplar even though he
also mentioned WI. Aspen is definitely much more likely candidate.
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