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
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.