How To Dismantle A Pallet – The Easy Way!

Uncle Knackers demonstrates how to dismantle a pallet, the easy way!  Taking a pallet apart can be a really labour intensive and frustrating if you don’t know how to do it and the boards also tend to split if not removed properly.

The first technique shown requires a reciprocating saw and the second will require either a circular saw or a jig saw, both methods are very effective at breaking down a pallet.  The only part of the process that’s not shown is using the nail punch and hammer to remove the nail ends from the pallet wood.

Oh and you’ll find a tip at the end of the video for moving heavy pallets!


Please be careful about the pallet wood that you use.  Pallets are typically either heat-treated (heated to a high temperature to seal the wood) or treated with methyl bromide – a toxic pesticide linked to human health problems and ozone layer depletion.

Look for pallets that have the IPPC seal and an “HT” stamp,which means it was heat-treated rather than sealed with chemical pesticides. Avoid unmarked pallets or those stamped with an “MB” for methyl bromide.

The materials and equipment that you’ll need to dismantle a pallet are shown below.

  • Old pallet
  • Reciprocating saw or circular saw or jig saw
  • Old chisel
  • Hammer
  • Nail punch
  • Crow bar / flat bar
  • Protective eye wear
  • Ear muffs
  • Thick work gloves
  • Pencil Ruler
Did You Know?

Approximately 16 million tons of wood waste was generated in the US in 2010, according to the EPA. In fact, wood comprises the largest percentage of the residential construction and demolition waste stream—approximately 42 percent of residential new construction debris—according the National Association of Home Builders Research Center.

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Why not check out some pallet upcycling ideas here.


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