I’m nearing completion on my first pallet wood project – a table lamp that I’ll post here when finished in a few days. It’s the first time I ever used pallet wood and I have to say that I’m extremely disappointed. The wood itself is very nice. Oak and some of it has some interesting sapwood combinations. The problem is the nail holes. There are lots of them and they are more pronounced and they show up more frequently than I had anticipated. I used the runners for the most part because I needed the thickness. The slats have fewer holes. Anyway, I feel like after all the work of collecting the pallets, breaking them up, pulling nails, spending $30 on a metal detector, planing and jointing just to get usable lumber, the nail hole defects have nearly spoiled my design. There is too much focus on the defects and I feel it detracts from all the effort I put into this thing.
I guess I’m just ranting but has anyone else had any good experience working with this stuff? I was hoping the reclaimed label would overcome the defects but I’m not sure if that’s possible now.