Introduction: Outdoor Chaise Lounge Made From Pallet Wood
Awhile back I wanted to build my own chaise lounge chair, since a large majority of the store bought one's are cheaply made from plastic. One day I was searching the internet for plans/idea's for building my chaise lounge chair, when I ran into to an article titled "Build a Lounge Chair from Pallets". Well this was my inspiration.
I decided to do a nice looking modern streamlined lounge chair from wood mainly from pallets. Where I work we have at least 100-150 pallets out back. So at the beginning of this past summer (for about a month) I started collecting certain pallets, which were nicely made compared to the norm. Once I had enough good pieces of wood the project was on.
I used a router, rounded the ends of the slats. Lots of sanding was involved with this project (about 30$ in sandpaper), and a lot of TLC. Please note that the 2 main side rails were not from pallets, they were purchased from HomeDepot for 1$ each (scrap pieces). All together I spent close too 100$ for supplies (sandpaper, stain, varathane, deck screws, and ECT).
Please forgive me for taking so long to update this instructable, Most of the build pictures I had taken were on my cell phone. Cell phone crashed awhile back, I was able to recover some of the pictures. These pictures show some of the details for the back rest support. The pivot is kind of unique, it came from an x-y adjusting table that was being scrapped at work. For Staining I found it was easier to use gel stain (color honey) if I remember correctly. I ended up putting on 4 coats of varithane, lightly sanding with 320 grit between coats. One thing I learned was water based varithane still clouds up, when chair gets really wet, this is after 3 months. Next time I will make sure to use an oil base product. You can put the chair out in the rain 3 hours after your done applying it, and it stay's perfectly sealed.
1st of updates
Well it has been two summers, coming up on the third summer since I built the chaise lounge. This is what it looks like now. I just started disassembling the lounge chair for refinishing. After two summers it looks like hell. While I am refinishing the chair, I have been taking pictures. So this time I will be able to show the frame and pivot details. Soon I will be updating the Instructable. Here are a first few pictures for now.