Introduction: Pallet Wood Bench
This is a small bench I made for my parents out of pallet slats.
Step 1: Collect Pallets
The apartments up the road from me had several of these half pallets sitting by their dumpster. I guess someone had some appliances delivered.
Step 2: Process Wood
Once I broke down the pallets, I ran the slats through the thickness planer to clean them up.
Step 3: Glue-Up
I first glued them up in three sections to make clamping a little easier, then glued those sections together making this butcher-block slab thing.
Step 4: Plane the Surface
It was heavy and a bit unruly, but I ran the whole slab through the thickness planer until the top and bottom were smooth and even.
Step 5: Cut to Length
I decided to cut the ends at an angle to make things look a little more modern and funky.
Step 6: Round-Over and Seal
After sanding it and rounding over the edges with a router, I sealed it with a couple coats of Danish Oil.
Step 7: Done With the Slab
Before the glue-up, I made sure the two most interesting looking slats were on the outside.
Step 8: Bending the Legs
The hairpin style legs were bent out of 1/2" round steel rod.
Step 9: Leg Mounting Bracket
They were welded to a "T" shaped mounting plate made out of flat stock.
Step 10: Welding the Legs
I clamped the legs to this plywood template to make sure they were angled and spaced correctly.
Step 11: Attaching the Legs
I wanted the legs to angle out a bit to mirror the angle in the slab.
Step 12: Finished!
I am very happy with how this turned out! I especially like the contrast between the rustic coloration and texture of the wood with the more modern silhouette.
Step 13: Approved by the Dogs
The dogs seem to like it, too!
This project was completed July 25, 2018.