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With wood prices so high taking apart pallets might be a good option.  But are they safe? Here's what to look for.

How to Determine if Pallet Woods are Safe?

Look for markings or stamps. If there are none, they are probably domestic and safe to use.

Stamps to Avoid

MB stamp indicates the wood was treated with Methyl Bromide, which is highly toxic.  CP1, CP2, CP3, CP4, and CP5 stamps are chemically treated and should not be used.

Pallets with Safe Stamps

- IPPC marking  - HT (heat treated) and KD (kiln treated) - DB (debarking) - EPAL marking

Working with Pallet Wood

The first step is to disassemble the pallet. Take out the nails and wear protective gloves and glasses.

Where to Avoid Using Pallet Wood

In a fire or firepit - best to avoid them in fire. Indoor Projects - because of potential mold. Food Related Projects - potential for bacteria.

Try using your wooden pallets for outdoor projects or for shelving, tables and accessories in the garage or workshop.

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Danielle Pientka

Danielle is a DIY/craft/sewing blogger on She loves to write about projects that she makes for her small farm, her children, and her home.