What to look for? Make sure to leave the colored pallets behind, lots of hazardous material gets ships on the colored pallets. It's best just to leave those behind for safety reasons.
What's the best way to disassemble pallets? We found pulling them apart is a pain and very hard to do. Lots of times we broke the wood trying to pull it apart. So to save wood and effort we bought a reciprocating saw. You can buy a good one at your local hardware store for about $50.00. Let me tell you this is a great investment it will save time and wood!
After you've disassembled the pallet they are ready to use.
Lots of pallet designs don't call for dis-assembly at all! In this case you can just forward to sanding and painting.
Tip: Make sure to wear safety glasses and a mask. Lots of pallets are treated with harmful chemicals that could hurt you.
One of the easiest pallet projects is an outdoor/indoor coffee table all you need is a pallet sand and paint screw some casters in and you've got a great coffee table for under $20.00!