There is something sexy about pallets. Or is it just me? The sexiest thing about them is their availability and potential. They always seem to be lying around random places. Probably a good idea to ask or wait until the dead of night to claim your pallet. Then you can make funky, cool stuff from the materials like a bench seat or a planter box. It costs next to nothing and comes with a side of smug sustainability. My husband Dave and I put this together a while ago so sharing has been long overdue. Dave wrote the instructions…you can trust a man who is an architect and a builder. I sit on ours and watch the bees come and go (it has a good view of the hive). So easy to make!
W H A T Y O U N E E D
A timber pallet
A claw hammer
Drill & screws
Step 1. Dissemble the pallet. Using the claw hammer take all the top side timber members off. You could use a pinch bar for best results but a hammer will do. Try to strike the members close to where they are fixed from behind to losen them and not mid-span to avoid splitting the timber. Once all the timbers are off, go through and de-nail the timber. If you’ve never done this before, simply hit the nails back through the timber and pull out using the claw hammer.
Step 2. Most pallets are the same; a bunch of battens on top with three ‘joists’ underneath and usually three base plates on the bottom. Now you have the pallet in pieces select the three ‘joists’ and cut these into four lengths about 450mm long. This will be roughly your sitting height or planter box height. Adjust if you want to be lower or higher. Tip: try and keep the brand/ logo on the pieces you want to use.
Step 3. Using the broad lengths from the bottom of the pallet, fix two of these to the upright ‘Joists’ from Step 2. Try and use the existing holes in the timber lengths to avoid splitting the ends of timber.
Step 4. Now add a standard top side pallet timber member same as Step 3 but at the top of the uprights…now its coming together.
Step 5. Now set the distance for the width of your planter box or bench seat by cutting five short lengths from the leftover ‘joists’. Try and set the width to suit the timber seat members, the one shown here accommodates three (3) timber lengths neatly which is a nice width for a seat. If you want to use as a planter box make sure your plant pots fit.
Step 6. Fix timber lengths to the top of the bench seat for your bum to sit on and done! Once all completed run a wire brush or stiff broom over it to wipe off any splinters etc. Enjoy!