One-Pallet Chair

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This Adirondack chair was built from just one pallet!
Download the Google SketchUp model here.

Here's how to make splendid material-efficient pallet furniture:

1. Scavenge:
Pallets are everywhere. Some are in great conditions and some have a couple of broken beams. Some are free and some cost a couple of bucks. Look for the cheapest pallet which you can use the most lumber from. Also, see if you can get one that has some (thicker) beams that are strong enough to provide support in the furniture.

2. Dismantle
Deconstructing a pallet is tricky. It' s almost inevitable to break a few beams, so be careful. Here are some tips and tricks on how to do it.

3. Measure
Group the beams into similar thicknesses, widths and lengths. Then measure the different beam sizes.

4. Model (CAD)
Use the measurements to draw the beams in Google SketchUp . Move, rotate and cut the virtual beams so they give shape to your furniture. Rember from which beam each part in the furniture came from. Don't use more 'material' than you have! If you have trouble with finding the right proportions and measurments, you can use existing furniture models from the 3D Warehouse as reference for your own pallet furniture. Remember to keep the design simple, so that the transistion between the digital model and the actual furniture is less troublesome.

5. Build
Measure the lengths (and widths and angels if necessary) of every beam in SketchUp. Then cut the corresponding 'physical' beams to size. Now combine all parts and, once again, refer to the SketchUp model to do so. I predrilled holes and used scews to keep everything together.

Have fun!

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I'm extremely disapointed with this site and this instructable. I paid for the pro plan so I could download the pdf that supposedly has all the steps, only to realise that what is in the pdf is EXACTELY the same content as the free web page... I could have done screen shots and saved myself 50$. I thought it was fair to pay the amount to access someone else's knowledge, but to find out that you pay for something that is already given to you... I feel like this is a bad joke.

I'm sorry about that. I can imagine that you thought there would be more in the PDF. But this is all. With a pro account you can download the pdf of the free online instructions.

Where did you get your plans?

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Very nice! I am looking to make something similar. All the plans I have found seem complicated (With a million parts) even though they say they are easy. I don't have many woodworking tools that they call for and don't plan on buying them for one or two chairs. Yours looks simple.

Okay, you can find the plans by clicking on the first link in the description. It takes you to a page where you can download the SketchUp model. I don't know if you're familiar with SketchUp. It's free CAD software.

No, sorry, I am not! I saw the drawing. Is that what you mean? Or are there details about how long each board is and how many screws, blah, blah, blah?

You can download it here: http://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-make You can measure the lengths of the boards in sketchup. See this video how to do it: https://youtu.be/iQEACzA2fDk I think two screws to joint two boards is a good guideline. Hope it helps :)

The comment below mentions how "incredibly difficult" it is to dismantle pallets. Pay no mind to this, as it's VERY EASY to dismantle a pallet, given you have the right tools. A Reciprocating saw (Sawzall) with a good long wood/nail blade ran along the stringer (Sides of the pallet, parallel with the deck board slats across it) on it will make very short work of the pallets with minimal waste. a good blade will cut through nails and wood indiscriminately and leave you with a good amount of quality wood.