Ah pallets. We’ve had this ongoing relationship. It’s good for the most part, but sometimes we have our differences. Since breaking up months ago, I was ready to bury the hatchet and get back together. After all, when one of us isn’t being stubborn, we can do great things together.
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It has been a long time since I’ve done a pallet project, mostly because I got sick of taking them apart, but, when I needed a bench for our garden and the budget didn’t allow, I started thinking creatively. The result is glorious and I wanted to share it with you. Here is my garden pallet bench tutorial:
Tools (check out my tool recommendations if you are just starting out with DIY):
- One Pallet
- 2 – 10’ 2x4s
- 3” Deck Screws
The first thing you need to do is cut the pallet in half. Part will be the seat and the other for the back. A Circular saw will work for all but the boards within for which you’ll need the reciprocating saw.
Next, cut the legs out of the 2x4s at 17” each. That is a fairly standard seat height.
Attach the legs to one of the pallets with screws. This pallet had notches cut out of it for another project that I gave up on. If you chose to do that then use a jig saw and measure the width and depth of your 2×4 to make the notch match.
Now you’re going to make the supports for the back of the bench with more of your 2×4. Measure the width of your remaining pallet half and double that, so 40” for mine. Then I just held it up to the legs of the bench and eyeballed the angle. I used a pencil to trace where the leg and back support met. I’m sorry that’s not more specific, but as my Dad said, “Sometimes the farmer’s way is the easiest way”.
At this point, I wanted to give it a try and realized the legs were way too wobbly for my liking. So, I measured the front, back, and sides and cut 2x4s to make supports. That fixed that issue.
The great part about working with pallets and 2x4s is that they work so well together! The back just slid over those supports with ease!
When I saw it, I had a moment of inspiration and thought it would be cool to make a small planter out of the top of the back. To do this we shoved a few 2×4 scraps into the space and screwed them into place. We made sure there was a bit of a gap in the boards for drainage.
Lastly, if you would like to apply a protective coat of stain it may last longer and look cleaner. I only sanded it down so no one gets splinters in their bum.
We found the perfect spot for it by the garden where there is enough shade to sit comfortably and sip on cool iced tea.
From there I’ve enjoyed hearing the birds sing while taking in the view of our flourishing plants and flowers. I love taking a break from all my projects to sit while Jordan and Reagan play (they love to run under the trellis).
So, while pallets and I haven’t always had the best relationship, I’m glad we got back together to create this beauty. And, who knows, maybe this time it will last and you’ll get to see more free projects.
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Until next time!