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This is my first instructable.  I have been building with pallets for about five years, enjoying their low cost, versatility and cool weathered/industrial look.

I have decided to turn a few of my projects into instructables - apologies if there is a lack of pictures - but most of the projects I'm sure have been covered before one way or another - hopefully these can help people to design their own upcycled creations.

This is a three piece set I built last year of a reclining chair/ottoman, a four seater outdoor bench and an 8 seater outdoor table - complete with herb garden insert (you could replace this with an ice chest or condiment holder or anything you wanted.

Please check www.craterobber.tumblr.com for lots of the things I have made.


Step 1: Materials

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Pallet wood - easy to come by - my preferred method is to pry a gap between the top boards and the rest of the pallet with a chisel or pry bar and then cut the boards free with a sawzall (reciprocating saw).  This leaves the nail heads in which looks good - or you can pull the nails once the boards are free and re-use the holes.

For this project I used a drill and driver, skill saw, recip saw, pry bar and some good quality self-tapping screws.

To make the frame I also got some left over 2x4 and other off-cuts - this meant the size of the table was limited to my longest offcuts.
buck22172 months ago

Great use of recycling

demon66665 months ago

This might be a great idea for the tire chairs to add some additional design

LolasMuse1 year ago
As a final decorative step on the chair, something that popped into my head was how great the tire would look wrapped with sisal rope. Either way the entire set rocks. Add a washing machine drum fire pit, encase a mini fridge in a pallet board façade, and your outdoor summer kitchen/entertainment room is complete. Great job!
craterobber (author)  LolasMuse9 months ago

Love it!

sflinn1 year ago
Love the idea my area has lots of pallets. Any idea how many are needed for each project?
craterobber (author)  sflinn9 months ago

Hi, I used about 20 pallets total as I try to only use pallets that are already broken or have some slats missing. You could size down the table / bench depending on how many you have at hand. Cheers

Mamagreen11 months ago

Great result.

Jean9f1 year ago

Thank you for the great ideas. My friends think I'm nuts for bringing good pallets home. I've used them for flooring in a temporary storage shelter (dirt floor), and as bases to keep plants off the ground. My next project is to get a bunch of them and make a makeshift fenced area for my dogs, so I can let them out all at once, rather than one at a time on a chain. Only one dog is mine. One is my sons and the last is one I'm long term dog-sitting. I love the picnic table one.

i love the idea of taking something that others consider a throw a way and making it into something new. this is just awesome.
Very nicely done. Pallet stuff really rocks :)
foobear1 year ago
just beautiful
I like the table & bench they look great & the construction is be simple enough for almost anyone to recreate with readily available hand tools.
It's always good to see people making use of timber that otherwise may end up in landfill.