be sustainably smug…pick up that pallet & make a sexy planter box or bench seat

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Home | 14 Comments

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!

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W H A T   Y O U   N E E D

A timber pallet

A claw hammer

A handsaw

Tape measure

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.

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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.

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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!

14 Comments

  1. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    August 28, 2016

    There is an entire market here for planters made from pallets. I’m going to get window boxes once my outside walls have been painted 😀

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    • lostinutensils
      August 28, 2016

      I’m not surprised, They just look so cool. Sounds like a good plan Tandy!

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  2. Sherry m
    August 28, 2016

    I love pallets Jem. They are so rustic and beautiful and useful. And it’s great to recycle them. What a clever hubby you have. Mine is a building designer and before he became disabled he could build fab things too 🙂

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    • lostinutensils
      August 28, 2016

      I completely agree Sherry. So many opportunities to recycle them. PS: Sounds like we both have good taste in husbands 🙂

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  3. Sam Rutherford
    August 28, 2016

    I love this bench seat Jem! Great idea. You could do a whole furniture set!

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    • lostinutensils
      August 28, 2016

      Definitely Sam, that would be a very cool idea. The more pallet furniture, the better!

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  4. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    August 28, 2016

    Oh you are so clever!!! Love that idea Jem! 😀

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  5. Function 9
    August 29, 2016

    Great husband you got there lol.

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  6. e / dig in hobart
    August 31, 2016

    I love this! i am working out where i can put one – and if i can get dad to make me one 🙂
    I also love the tin cans over the stakes in the first pic – I do that too 🙂

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    • lostinutensils
      August 31, 2016

      LOL Dads also come in handy for this kind of stuff! Yes and putting tins on the top of spikes is another sustainable activity that is easy to do…and prevents being staked to death in the garden 😉

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  7. emma
    August 31, 2016

    Love this DIY Jem! I love how rustic it looks. That little corner of your garden looks so cool 🙂

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    • lostinutensils
      August 31, 2016

      Thanks Emma! I’m usually not too fussed with how things look in the garden but this has always been a cool addition ğŸ˜Ž

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