DIY Pallet Stripper
Woodworking with reclaimed wood and pallet wood especially has become very popular as of late. With the ever increasing and quite exorbitant prices tag placed on exotic woods, people often opt to build with pallet wood. Things like garden furniture and decorative fixtures are examples of articles where hardwoods would generally be overkill.
The largest downside of building with pallet wood is the quite labored and time-consuming endeavor of stripping the pallets to a point where the wood is workable.
This is often done with tools like mallets, chisels, and Tommy bars and in the process destroying a fair amount of the usable planks.
It is, for this reason, we decided to build our version of a pallet breaker.
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We used our very limited steel supply (Mostly offcuts and scrap) to source the steel components that would ultimately become our pallet breaker. This consisted of a piece of round bar, pipe, angle iron and flat bar (Dimensions above).
After a quick run over with a grinder using a flap disk to remove most of the rust from the old steel, it was ready to be sized and welded together.
After cutting the pipe to size (150mm) the flat bars can be welded to it.
Use the pipe that would become the cross member to mark the flat bar.
After cutting away these areas the flat bar can be welded to the pipe.
This should be done in a manner so that the outer edge of the flat bar forms a tangent with the pipe (cross member).
The spacing between the two flat bars should be roughly 100mm (4″).
With the flat bars welded on the right angle can be added.
Cut the flat bars to the required length and after weld on the angled component with the pivot holes to which the foot plates will be mounted already drilled.
The purpose of the angled component is to allow the entire length of the foot plates to sit flush with the plank when the tool is in its primed position (before lifting).
At this point, the foot plates can be cut to length from the angle irons and the pivot holes drilled as per the diagram. (Keeping in mind that the hole should be measured from opposite sides for the two footplates will be mirrored versions of each other when fitted)
The last step would be to fit the handle.
The round bar will be used for the handle and thanks to the curved edge of the cross member a shorter than normal lever is required.
The handle is fitted to be parallel with the flat bars welded onto the cross brace. Welded on to form a tangent with the opposite side of the pipe with regards to the flat bars.
This offset adds to the output force of the tool when pushing down the handle.
The Ultimate Pallet Dismantling Tool
The footplates are fixed with two bolts. Using lock nuts would be ideal to stop the bolts from loosening with repeated use of the tool.
We also added spring to keep the tool in its primed position but this is optional as the tool will still work without it.
You can also opt to paint the tool with a quality primer to prevent rust build up.