DYI Pallet coffee table. Enjoy…
There are four main pallet pool companies in the world that you could differentiate with the color:
- Red pallets: pool LPR (La Palette Rouge from Europe)
- Red pallets: pool PECO (The Pallet Exchange Company from the USA)
- Blue pallets: pool CHEP (Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool from Australia)
- Brown pallets: pool IPP (IPP Logipal from Europe)
I do not advise to use them, especially for indoor use. You may find traces of formaldehyde and other resins used in the composite blocks. Also, there a lot of chances they have been used to transport chemicals.
Also, you have to keep in mind that pallets are often used for international shipping, and while most countries use an NPPO/IPPC code, not all countries are doing it, and such countries may not comply with the international standards.
If you follow this advice and don’t use unknown pallets as a food cutting board or a headboard or anything used in your house and near you, you should be safe to use pallets for your projects.
Take into consideration that like for any works involving cutting or sanding wood, you should always use a mask to keep you from breathing in particles and pollutants.
To be safe, one of the most important thing to remember is that when you cannot establish if the pallet you have is safe or not, DO NOT USE IT for indoor projects such as a headboard, coffee table or another kind of furniture unless they came from a trusted source. In this case, only use it for outdoor projects where you will not be in contact with the pallet too often and avoid growing food on or near used pallet wood. For the health of you, your family and the planet, never burn pallet wood or treated lumber in your fireplace (or even in outdoor).
For information on pallet safety go to http://www.1001pallets.com/pallet-safety/