We built this planting workbench out of shipping pallets! Enjoy this visual how-to and go to our blog to get an even better understanding of what we did and why!
Here's what you'll need:
•Power drill and drill bits
•Screws (heavy duty, outdoor screws. Pallet wood is really hard)
•Five shipping pallets
Step 1: Deconstruction
The first step is deconstruction, break two of the pallets down to individual planks.
Step 2: Attach the Legs
Lay a pallet out as your bottom shelf and pilot holes for your screws to go in - pallet wood is highly resilient, you will likely not be able to drill straight into the wood, the hole must be piloted.
This is the step that attaches your four legs. Use the planks that were used for supporting the pallet initially - the shelving slats are less structural. Each pallet has 3 of these support legs.
Step 3: Add the Table
Once all four of your legs are attached, flip the whole thing upside down - it will be balancing on the four leg posts. Place a pallet in the square created by the legs, make sure to lay this inserted pallet upside down. When you flip it back over it will be facing the right way.
Step 4: Add Backing
Take another pallet and lay it across the back of your workbench. This is your wall in which you will attach hooks to organize tools, extension chords, etc. Once the backing is laid flat, screw it into your tabletop.
Step 5: Add Hooks
Now, add your hooks. We used hooks where the bottom two inches was a simple screw. We just twisted them into place!
We found the space between each pallet plank on the work area to be highly problematic - we took a vinyl table cloth and nailed the corners in place. The vinyl will weather well and can be easily replaced, additionally, really easy clean up!
Step 7: Done!
Hang your tools and get ready to work!