We AKA my friend Emma and I Decided were given the task of creating outdoor furniture from a total of 4 wooden pallets. After some many days in the lab and couple brief starbucks runs we decided to do something out of the ordinary and create a pallet swing and designed from the ground up based on a picture we found online. In the next couple of steps we show you a brief step by step run down of how to get to the finished item.
Items you will need.....
4 wooden pallets
sufficient amount of screws
metal chain and u-bolts
carriage bolts and nuts
and finally!! a bearded lanky gouchy engineering teacher who doesnt give you enough time!! (JOKESS!! DONT FAIL ME MR Shultz) but like seriously having this will help get your lazy butt in gear
Step 1: the tear down
the first step to any project using pallets is the actual breakdown of the wooden pallets. for our project we found it more simple to cut the pallets apart using a jig saw, it was quicker and easier and there was less of a chance of split wood vs using a pry bar to pry the wooden pallets apart...... the down side is we lost a lot of longer pieces of usable wood that we could have gotten if we attempted to pry apart the pallets. in the end its what ever you feel most comfortable doing. the photo below is how we deconstructed our pallets
Step 2: the seat bottom
so for the business end of of chair we took two of the pallet sides which a shaped like compressed m's and attached them together by the 1x4 pallet wood we had collected we had our seat bottom to about 14.5 inches but you may size it as you wish to fit the many different sized bottoms as there are in the world
Step 3: the seat back
for the back on which you rest your body we expanded on what we had created on the bottom instead of using 2 of the pallets sides we used 3 and connected the again by 1x6 planks that we collected for this we had ours to about 22 in but again it can be varied from spec to what you would feel comfortable with.
Step 4: seat back part two
the picture below should be what you finished seat back should appear to look like from the rear
Step 5: connecting the seat bottom and back
here is where it begins to get tricky..... to attach the bottom and back we engineered a system by fitting two more pallet sides to both the bottom and back perpendicular to the ones already there. from there we attached to the bottom and back by connecting the two with carriage bolts allowing us to create a hinge and allowing us to create an angle we were looking for.
Step 6: almost done!
because we ended up running out of time we ended up finding the angle we wanted and securing it using extra pieces of wood but at this point if you would like, armrests are a very nice touch and can also provide structural support for the swing. the last step is to sand and stain the chain and last attach the chain. depending on how large you made the chair attach the chain using bolts so that is balances correctly for how you would like it to look.
Step 7: finally finished
at this point you should have a finished project worthy of accepting your hind quarters. congratulations!!!