Pallet Wood Ideas

Parts of a wooden pallet
Parts of a wooden pallet

Following are some of the common parts of a wooden pallet

  1. Deck boards: these are thin strips of wood usually 1.5cm in thickness and 8am wide, for example. Decking boards cover the top and bottom surfaces of the pallet. These are responsible for bearing all the weight of the products placed on them.
  2. Stringer: these are thick wood posts that hold the pallet wood decking boards together but in some pallets decking boards are used as stringers especially when decking boards are joined using chip board blocks.
  3. Blocks: the blocks are similar to the stringers but are cubical in shape and and made up of chip board and are used to join the decking boards together using nails.

Wooden pallet types

Block wooden pallet

The deck boards are nailed together using chipboard blocks and because of this a decking board is used as a stringer for this type of pallet.

Block pallet

Double face pallet

The pallet is called a double faced pallet because both the surfaces of the pallet can be used to load products. Because of this design, both the surfaces have the same number of decking boards.

Double faced wooden pallet
Double faced pallet

Double wing pallet

This type of pallet is similar to the “Double face wooded pallet” but has the deck boards extending beyond the stringers and are not flush with the stringers.

Double wing wooden pallet
Double wing pallet

Flush wooden pallet

These are similar to the ‘Double faced wooden pallet’ but the deckboards are flush with the stringers.

Flush wooden pallet
Flush pallet

Two way stringer pallet

These pallets can be lifted from only two sides because the remaining two sides are covered by the stringers.

Two way stringer wooden pallet
Two way stringer pallet

Four way stringer pallet

These pallets can be lifted by a forklift from all the four sides because there are two openings on all the four sides. The deck boards are normally joined using stringer deck boards and chip boards so that the sides are not covered. Because of this design, these are really difficult to take apart.

Four-way stringer wooden pallet
Four-way stringer pallet

Non-Reversible pallet

These pallets can be used on only one side. The top surface will have more number of deck boards compared to the bottom surface.

Non-reversible wooden pallet
Non-reversible pallet

Reversible pallet

These pallets have the same number of deck boards on both the sides. Both the sides can be used for stacking items

Reversible wooden pallet
Reversible pallet

Single face wood pallet

These pallets have deck boards on only one side while the other side is open. Because of this design, the decking boards are normally joined using thick stringers

Single face wooden pallet
Single face wood pallet

Single wing wood pallet

These pallets are named so because they have deck boards on the top surface that overhang from the stringers while the other side could be joined by a few or no deck boards.

Single wooden pallet
Single wing wood pallet

Skid wood pallet

These pallets are called so because there are decking boards only on the top surface.


Solid deck pallet

These pallets don’t have decking boards, instead they have a solid surface made from plywood on one side or both sides and the plywood surfaces are normally joined by chip board blocks using nails.

Solid deck wooden pallet
Solid deck pallet

How to break these pallets

All the pallets that have chip board blocks are normally difficult to break because a large number of nails are used to join the blocks with the decking boards. So, extracting all the decking boards intact is not always possible.

While extracting wood from these pallets, you must first target and extract all the decking boards that are not directly nailed to the chip board block. Once done, the rest of the stringers and decking boards must be cut out using a jig-saw or a circular saw. If you try to pry the decking boards and stringers fixed to chip board blocks using a tool, the wood will almost always crack because the joins are too strong.

All the pallets where the decking boards are directly joined to a thick stringer are easy to break because only a few nails are using to join the decking board to the stringers. For these types of pallets, a pallet wrecker or a crowbar can be used to easily extract almost all the decking boards and the stringers.

Pallet breaker tool suggestions: –

Roughneck ROU64640 Demolition and Lifting Bar

For more tool options, click here.

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