US 9,809,351 B1
Method and apparatus for constructing pallets
Victor Oliver, Elizabethton, TN (US)
Filed by Victor Oliver, Elizabethton, TN (US)
Filed on Jan. 18, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/408,528.
Int. Cl. B65D 19/38 (2006.01); B65D 19/14 (2006.01)
CPC B65D 19/14 (2013.01) [B65D 2519/00029 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00273 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00293 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00547 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00572 (2013.01)] 8 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A pallet, comprising:
a plurality of spaced apart stringers defining a pallet width and a plurality of slats extending lengthwise across the stringers corresponding to the pallet width, wherein the slats each have upper surfaces that are coplanar, and at least two of the slats have a length that is less than the pallet width and define undersized slats having upper surfaces that are coplanar with the upper surfaces of the slats to define a planar upper load support surface of the pallet; and
a slat splice connector bridging between adjacent ones of the undersized slats so that the undersized slats are spliced together to provide a spliced slat having a length corresponding to the pallet width, the slat splice connector comprising: an elevated surface between and supported by a pair of spaced apart legs, wherein the undersized slats of the spliced slat are supported by and attached to the legs of the slat splice connector, and the elevated surface of the slat splice connector is coplanar with the upper surfaces of the spliced slat.