Here's a fun way to reuse wood.  Make this Adirondack chair from shipping pallets or other reclaimed lumber. 

Step 1: The Low-down on Pallets

Pallets come in many shapes and styles.  They're made from lots of different types of wood.  They are readily available for free.

In fact, most companies pay people to take them away.

But there's a catch: pallets aren't easy to take apart.  They're also usually not made of very good lumber. If you use them for projects, you're going to spend A LOT of time dismantling them and you're not going to get much from a single pallet.

If you're expecting perfection, than pallet lumber may not be right for you.  You can try salvaging used material from places like craigslist.  I collected an impressive amount of wood for my other pallet instructable, the Pallet Playhouse.

If you're not interested in turning a pallet into something else or trucking around the nation looking for free stuff, substitute the pallet wood for some nice cedar or pressure treated wood.  I made a PT set in a similar pattern that's held up for 11+ years of direct exposure to the elements.  They're still perfectly sound.  You won't get that kind of performance from pallet wood. 

<p>What a great idea! Very good Instructable.</p>
<p>My son and I built a pair with the plans, they worked great. I am going to make a two person bench next off these plans and will move the back to a more upright position. </p>
Nice job!
Based on your plans I made this! Gonna get a coat of paint here soon.<br>Sorry for the messy shop. Gettin it cleaned up for the next project.
<p>VERY NICE!</p>
<p>A True Pallet chair! Built in only a few hours, it's pretty rough but I think it fits in perfectly here at the Mine. Great Plans and great guidance throughout the instructions. Went with 9 across the back, and altered the arms. Wanted a bigger back for the bigger guys on site. Overall went smooth, i like the &quot;rustic&quot; feel. Thanks!!</p>
<p>Ok so here's mine, based on your idea.</p><p>1 Europallet + paint + time and tools = 1 Adirondak Chair.. Cheers.</p>
<p>This was a fun build, and I can't think of a better way to reuse pallets. Now I'm going to try to build them with proper wood, and I can't wait!<br>Top Tip: You'll notice one of my pictures shows an arm piece. My pallets at the time were not in the best shape and I couldn't get wide enough single pieces, so I glued 2 pieces together and sanded it down. The result was really nice actually. Always an option if you're strapped for wide pieces, but I wouldn't do this on the lower frame for wood stress reasons.</p>
<p>Referring to your arms, did you do more than just glue them together? Did you use dowels? I can tell you didn't use finger jointing. And if not, how are they holding up? </p>
<p>In retrospect making some dowels would have been a good idea. D'oh! For now they are just held with glue and its been holding for a good 6 months now. I guess if they let go I'll sand the edge, drill some holes and use some dowels, but for now its just the glue which was clamped and dried for a few days before I put them on. :)</p>
Very easy to follow instructable. The hardest part for me was drawing the pattern. Also with the back slats, I found it easier to screw all of the bottom screws in first and then fan out the tops appropriately before screwing them down. The only thing missing is a beer holder. Again, great instructable...! This coming from a girl with very little wood working knowledge and only a few tools.
I thought the same thing, missing a beer holder!
Very awesome instructions!!! I made jigs so i can keep making more so it took me longer, about 7 hours. No putty or paint leaving it natural just sanded the slivers down!
<p>Hardest part was getting pallets apart. Eventually just cut them. Very easy to follow plans.</p>
<p>what measurement did you use for the backpieces i like that they are not as skinny</p>
I love your chair! What did you use for the wisconsin logo?
<p>Thanks. Printed logo as big as I could and then penciled a grid over it and scaled the grid on a different sheet of paper and handcopied from smaller grid to larger grid. http://www.wikihow.com/Scale-Drawings-Using-the-Grid-Method</p>
<p>hello I write from Italy, my name is nicola, thanks for your project,<br> I managed to build one has, making only a small modification to the seat.<br> sorry for my english, I'm using google translator</p>
<p>Really like your design ! Thanks for the instructables</p>
Thanks for the instructable! I made two of these chairs and am veg happy with how they turned out.
<p>this is a fab project and very well explained....well done and thank you...</p>
<p>If one got adept at making these, they seem like they could be a very good craft faire product (as expensive as Adirondack Chairs are in stores).</p>
<p>Awesome instructable! followed most of the steps and guessed the bits when i could't be bothered to check my laptop. I would recommend that you cut the fan on the backrest at the end as long as you hold on tight to the boards or secure them somehow.</p>
<p>Thanks for the plans. My balcony in Amsterdam.</p>
Pretty easy considering this was my first attempt at pallet furniture. I'm going to make another one to match. The pics are before and after staining. Thanks for the Instructable!
<p>The first one (varnished in the pic, and nighttime pic) was like a beta test, then the 2nd one was better and hopefully all future ones will be even better. I'm hoping to have 4 to go around a backyard brick fire pit.</p><p>Thanks for posting this, its a great project to spruce up the back deck/yard!</p>
Thank you ! Great &amp; clearly explaination. I like it. I'll try. ;)
It wasn't perfect but I liked it ..it was not so hard to be built.Emad Libya
How much wood would I need if I would buy the wood
Probably the same amount the woodchuck needs. ;)
Is all of this clicking through needed? Could warnings not come all on one page, and the &quot;where you get them thin, did that need to be spread out over a couple? I just Want to get to the directions! Start with the warnings on one page, then the where to get the next then start into the task
<p>Please stop whining.Just be happy he made the instructable!</p>
<p>Directly under the title you will find 4 buttons. Download, View All Steps, Go To Step and Next. The view all steps will show you the full instruction all on one page. The download is also great if you would like to save the instructions for offline viewing. (These options may only be available if you are logged in.)</p>
I take the pallets apart by cutting between the 2X4 and the board with a sawzall and a blade that will cut through nails. Then I use a punch from the back side to push the nails out. This saves splitting the wood and results in the most usable lumber in the fastest time.
Thanks for sharing.<br/>I will be shrinking it down and making one for my 2 year old this afternoon.<br/><br/>Thanks again!
great explanation great chair i found a saw that may help in taking pallets apart quicker and with less waste <br>its called a demolition saw you can cut though the gap between the planks and the blocks to cut the nails (i hammered the left overs later) <br>thanks for a great description
Seems the pics didn't load, I'll try again.
Thanks, and thanks to you for the great easy to follow 'ible.
Another angle.
Great instructible. I needed a chair so I could relax with a nice cold beer up on the rooftop space after messing about in my 'workshop'. I had some pallet wood and this gave me an idea. Anyway, here is a pic of the completed project (with a few minor tweaks - rounded over the seat slats and back slats and gave the arms more of a curve). The only problem, is, the wife and my daughter saw it and now want me to build one for each of them. <br>I also made full sized cardboard templates first which helped, but will now make 1/4&quot; plywood so I can make exact replicas. <br>Another tip for filling in the holes and cracks / finishing in reclaimed wood - instead of wood putty, I mix sawdust (collected from the dust bag of the sander) with wood glue. It dries to the exact colour of the piece.
Great work, very well explained!! I&acute;m going to try it!! With your explanation I see it easy, I think that the most difficult is to pass inch to centimetres :D. <br>Regards from spain.
What size screws?
Depends on how thick your boards are. <br>For 1&quot; boards use 1/4&quot; by 1 5/8&quot; <br>For 3/4&quot; boards use 1/4&quot; by 1 1/4&quot;
I have used this pattern for many Adirondack chairs and it is exceptionally comfortable...highly recommended. When I breakdown pallets if the ends are cracked I tend to just cut them off prior to prying the center loose. I also tend to wait until the wood is dry and cold...
A great place that I have found to salvage wood is in trashed box springs. I have found the the best place to find them is around apartment buildings and even more so around college dorms. due the high turnover rate of occupants. The wood is generally strong and in pretty good condition.
I agree with Achilles...based on what I know because I am a nurse I would have to find a way to treat box spring wood before I could use it...but as a nurse I am squeamish about things normal people aren't bothered by...all of that being said- the wood found in side upholstered furniture is generally very good quality, despite being rough on the surface.
Watch out for bed bugs however! those little buggers can hide anywhere, and once you've got them they aren't leaving. <br> <br>A lot of mattresses/box springs may have been left out for a reason. <br> <br>Great idea... just be careful
On this step I found it easier to copy the image into Excel. I cropped the image to include just the board than re-sized it using the ruler. You can also re-size the image by double clicking the picture and a format tab will appear at the top of the page. In the upper right corner you can type in the dimensions you want for the height and width. After this I copied it into paint and whited out most of the board color (to save ink when I print). I saved it as a JPEG formatted picture to my desktop. Then in Excel I inserted the picture. Resize again. <br> <br>Even with margins at 0&quot; you can only print 7.5&quot; x 10&quot; on 8.5&quot; x 11&quot;. So set the margins at 0&quot; all around. Orient the page to 'landscape'. Then I copy and pasted 3 of the same pictures stacked on top of each other, not overlapping. Then in page layout view cropped the first picture to just be on the first page horizontally. The second image down on the second page horizontally. The third image on the third page horizontally. And the fourth image on the fourth page horizontally. <br> <br>Then I stacked the images all on one page to save paper. Print it and cut it out. Attach to board and voila!
I use a 24&quot; pry-bar with a wedge on one end and a claw on the other. <br> <br>**IMPORTANT** <br> <br>Start with the middle 2&quot; x 4&quot; support when prying and then do the outer ones. <br> <br>With the wedge I pry the board up a little (about a half inch) than stomp the board back down. This will force the nail head (not always on softer wood) to pop up above the board. Then it can be removed. If it doesn't pop up, I pry the board so that the nails come up with the board, making sure to do the middle support beam of the board first. <br> <br>An advantage to cutting the boards off is that you may save time and get rid of the parts of the board that are holy.

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