Step 1. Disassemble the Pallets
The individual boards on the top of a pallet are called deck boards. The two or three structural members, similar to 2 x 4s and often with rounded cutouts, are called stringers.
Use a crowbar, flat pry bar, and hammer to remove the deck boards from the stringers on all of the pallets. Pull all nails, staples, or other fasteners from the deck boards and stringers.
Tip: Pallets can be difficult to take apart. Instead of prying off the deck boards, you can slide the blade of the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* Lithium Reciprocating Saw between the deck boards and stringers to cut through the staples, nails, or screws.
If any fasteners are sticking above the wood surface, you can trim them off with the saw or with diagonal pliers. Hammer any protruding fasteners into the wood. Mark any unremoved fasteners clearly so you don’t cut or drill into them when building your planter.