Introduction: Easy Garden Rack From Pallets
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.
- Planks (Dimensions can be found in Step 1)
- Wooden post
- 2*5 cm wood
- Screws (or nails)
- Angle brackets
- Crowbar + hammer
- Saw (Handsaw, miter saw, circular saw, or whatever you have)
- Set square
- Clamps (optional but useful)
- Measuring tape
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.