There is a pandemic sweeping the world and infecting women (and some men) to take intense interest in anything to do with Pallets… and I think it’s madness.
This is a post especially for you pallet obsessed creatures out there. First off I will start with a negative – SAFETY FIRST. You may think your saving the world, practising the ‘natural living’ mantra and being eco friendly by making your child’s bed frame or cot out of pallet wood – You’re NOT – it’s not a good idea….. and I am not talking about pesky splinters….. read on.
Here’s some interesting bits taken as an Excerpt from Wikipedia article on ‘Pallets’; listing alternative uses for pallets
….pay heed to the toxin mentions….
Discarded wooden pallets should not be used for firewood or crafts unless it has been determined that the wood in these pallets has not been treated with wood preservatives, fungicides and/or pesticides. Various pyrethrins and propiconazole are common treatments for wooden pallets. In addition, imported palletized goods are routinely fumigated with highly toxic pesticides. During use, harmful materials or chemicals also may spill on the pallet wood and be absorbed…….
…….Items made from pallet wood are likely to be durable and demonstrate good weather resistance due to these treatments. However, close contact with pallet wood or inhalation of dusts from sanding or sawing can be a source of exposure to pesticide and fungicide chemicals. It is likely that the January, 2010 recall of Johnson and Johnson Tylenol[TM] and other drugs was due to their being stored on wooden pallets that had been treated with the fungicide/pesticide 2,4,6-tribromophenol. This chemical can be degraded by molds to produce 2,4,6-tribromoanisole whose strong, musty odor caused consumers to complain. There is no acute or chronic health data on 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, but it is believed that the contaminated drugs caused nausea and other health effects in some people.
23} Chemical & Engineering News, January 25, 2010, p. 18
24} Sigma Aldrich, MSDS, 2009
Moral of the story is take care when working with found timber especially if there is the slightest possibility that it may be treated with some nasty chemicals………..
Right, now that all that doom and gloom is out of the way, I am still a fan of Pallet creations – sensible ones. There is a lot of talented people out there doing some crazy and wonderful things with pallet wood, but if you’re not cool with the chemicals (I am reluctant to make anything that is deemed bad for the health and ideally I try to reduce my families’ prolonged exposure to any nasties…… i.e. anything I sleep in or eat off/with/near is a no no. I have taken an oath not to lick anything I make out of pallets…) – how about substituting the pallet wood for, well um, rough sawn untreated wood? Try it, you probably wont know the difference and you will be healthier for it.
Here are some of my PALLET Fav’’s from around the net….
The well-known American quality acoustic guitar maker Taylor Guitars famously produced their high quality “pallet guitar” made from pallet wood, in order to demonstrate their prowess and the importance of construction technique versus expensive exotic woods. “The original pallet guitar was made for fun and to prove a point: we can work with non-traditional wood and still make a great guitar. Oh yeah, and we had fun.”—Bob Taylor.
Great idea, although for an EDIBLE garden I would substitute the pallet wood for something else…I say NO to the side order of toxins thanks *polite smile*…….
Plenty of easy ideas here!!