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The Pallet Pal


Search our site for one of the largest collections of information on building with pallets. This simple tool that you can build yourself for free makes it a breeze to disassemble pallets.

“The Pallet Pal – Re-claiming Pallets Made Easy! This is the easiest way to take apart pallets with very little damage to the wood! Very simple to use and almost any one can build it. No expensive hammers or pry bars needed. Homemade tool for dissembling pallet wood!”

Izzy Swan Woodworking -- custom furniture from recycled wood

Izzy Swan Woodworking — custom furniture from recycled wood


Izzy turns salvaged wood into beautiful custom furniture. Minimizing the cost of materials by utilizing found or recycled wood obviously boosts the bottom line. And, rustic wood has much more character than new wood.

Download plans

Facebook – Izzy Swan Woodworks
I like some of his furniture. His lightweight Adirondack chair looks great.

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Thanks to Jay for this tip. Jay recommends Izzy’s YouTube channel for more good ideas.

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7 Responses to “The Pallet Pal”

  1. glenna says:

    Thanks for the tip. Will also try to find some way to show him the u-tube of it being made.

  2. Jay says:

    glenna:

    Make a prototype out of cardboard and other scraps laying around. That may be very helpful.

    Play around with it until you have it right. Then if you need to explain it to someone else, you have a crude one to show them.

    In my opinion, this is a tool that just about anyone should be able to build easily.

  3. glenna says:

    Got the plans. Was wishing there were written directions to go along with them. I’m not real good at explaining to someone the steps. Telling him to cut some board in half, length ways, to cut angles off the end of two of the boards and put bolts through some of the boards did not make a lot of sense to the man. And he has no computer system to watch the u-tube.

  4. faith and malcolm says:

    that’s really cool however my dad has an old metal miners pick ax that i think would work similar. he also has an old tool for removing hard wood floors from a house that i wonder if it would work as well. though i love this guys use of bungee cord.

  5. Colm says:

    I’ve got a long-handled pallet wrecker. It’s good, but Izzy’s foot-operated tool looks a lot easier on the back.

  6. Jay says:

    Izzy not only uses salvaged wood, but he makes his own wood stains.

    Those old school techniques not only save money, but avoid the really nasty toxic chemicals found in modern wood finishes.

    Oh… and the Pallet Pal is so effective even little girls can use it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7yOLAsw1U8

    The beauty of that design is that you can use your FEET to put your weight into the lever. Every other design I have seen just tries to make a long lever for arm action.

    Pallet Pal is now the design to beat when it comes to tools for dismantling pallets, and it’s the cheapest tool out there too. Great design.

  7. Carroll says:

    Thanks Jay
    Pretty cool device. I really like his furniture and I’m getting his plans. It fits home theme.

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