Easy Garden Rack From Pallets




Introduction: Easy Garden Rack From Pallets

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This idea came from two facts :

  • There are always tools lying around in my garden because there no place dedicated to it.
  • I had one big pallet (almost 5m long) and no use for it.

As I already have a sink in my garden, I wanted to make a dimension matching rack next to it so I started by drawing a 3D model on Sketchup as an overview of my project.

Material :

  • Planks (Dimensions can be found in Step 1)
  • Wooden post
  • 2*5 cm wood
  • Screws (or nails)
  • Angle brackets
  • Sandpaper
  • Varnish

Tools :

  • Crowbar + hammer
  • Saw (Handsaw, miter saw, circular saw, or whatever you have)
  • Set square
  • Clamps (optional but useful)
  • Measuring tape
  • Paintbrush

Step 1: Measuring

I started by measuring the height and the depth of the sink in order to resize my SketchUp model to reality.

Then I measured the pallet dimensions too, that way I knew the amount of planks and their size I would need. Its components were 4 planks of 485*14.5*2.5 cm and 4 posts of (..........). I used almost all of it, I have 2 posts and a quarter of a plank left.

Step 2: Warm Up !

Dissemble the pallet, be careful with this step, there are a lot of 'ibles teaching you how to do it properly here's a good one :


Step 3: Resize the Planks

Trace and cut the planks to the dimensions, the SketchUp model is useful for that step. A well prepared project is a easy project =)

Step 4: Assemble !

I used the clamps to tighten the planks together as I screwed them with the small piece of wood.

Step 5: Make Mistakes and Correct Them

I did a test fit before assembling the panels together and noticed a gap... It seemed that I forgot to take into account the thickness of the planks for the width of the top shelf, but ain't nothing a circular saw can't fix ;)

Step 6: Add the Remaining Shelves

Once it fitted I could take the measurements for the middle and bottom shelves, that way I wouldn't make mistake ;)

Step 7: Sand, Assemble and Varnish the Structure

I sanded the different parts before assembling because I like the sanded look and it eliminate most of the wood shards. I varnished it later because I thought it wouldn't be weatherproof otherwise.

I used metal bracket to assemble the three vertical panels, I did not fix the shelves so I can dissemble it more easily for winter storage. Later, I added a small tool rack on the right of the structure (see next step) with the parts i had left from the pallet.

Step 8: Final Product

Here's the final result with tool rack and varnish !

Hope you like it, my next step is to add some kind of shelf under the sink.

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    4 years ago

    Great looking pallet project. It's always nice to organize.

    I'm in the process of building an outdoor kitchen/canning zone in my yard. I'm curious about your outdoor sink. Could you possibly post a few photos of it? it looks like a nice quality porcelain coated cast iron sink. What I'm most curious of is the faucet that appears to be connected via garden hose. It would be great to find something similiar. Thanks for the great ible.


    Reply 4 years ago

    Thank you for your comment =)
    It is a earthenware sink that was reclaimed a few years ago from an old house, the faucet is still operational, but not connected. I'm using the one above it which was here before, that one is connected to a well via a water pump. The hose is simply laying on the sink waiting to be connected ;)

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    Awesome pallet project. I need something like this to help organize my garden tools.