I am not a big fan of pallet projects. I love the way pallet projects look, but I don’t like the work required to get pallet wood usable and safe. When someone from my church gave me a pallet, I decided it was finally time to do a pallet project and I challenged myself to come up with something cool. My family needed something for our front entryway, so I decided to make a pallet bench.
Ana White’s Simple Outdoor Love Seat plans inspired the frame for the bench. I adjusted and adapted her plans to fit around the pallet. Here is the pallet before I started working on it.
- One Pallet
- 1- 2×4 (I used scraps left over from other projects.)
- 1- 1×6 (I used scraps left over from other projects.)
- 2-1/2 in Pocket Hole Screws
- Paint or stain
Pallets come in different sizes, so the following dimensions are based on the pallet I was given. Make sure to measure your pallet and build the bench frame based on your pallet’s dimensions.
- Cut pallet in half with one piece @ 16 in wide.
- 2 @ 24.5 in
- 4 @ 22 in
- 2 @ 31 in
- 2 @ 20 in
- Sawzall or circular saw to cut pallet
- Miter saw or circular saw
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
Step 1: Use a sawzall to cut the pallet in two pieces.
Step 2: Build a bench frame for the pallet.
First, build the two sides of the frame using pocket holes.
Second, attach frame front piece to frame side with pocket holes.
Step 3: Attach the smaller piece of the pallet (16 in wide) to the frame with 2-1/2 in screws to create the seat of the bench.
Step 4: Attach the larger piece of the pallet to the frame on the back of the bench.
Step 5: Attach 31 in 2×6 to the top of the pallet piece that makes the back of the bench.
Step 6: Sand.
Step 7: Paint or stain.
I have to admit, I really like how this pallet project turned out. I’m not going to use pallet wood all the time, but maybe I’ll do another pallet project in the future. Also, because I used scrap wood and I already had screws, the only cost for this project was the paint.