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How to make a garden bench from pallet wood!


At the beginning of the summer, my partner and I wanted to create a small relaxation area where we could set up a fireplace. However, I also wanted to make a garden.

As we reserve part of our course for our children, we were faced with a dilemma: Should we have a relaxation area or a garden?

After careful consideration and a few drawings of different plans, we decided to merge our two ideas to get the best of both worlds.

La Construction a garden bench!

  • Start by identifying pallets that look alike, to create a bench that’s as uniform as possible.
  • To create the benches, stack three pallets high. In this project, we did this step five times and positioned them in an L shape.

Once arranged, screw the pallets together using the corner brackets. You can flatten the brackets with a hammer where a flat piece is required.

Garden construction :

  • To build the garden section, you’ll need two pallets, one on top of the other. To create a bin, remove the top of the pallet that will act as the bottom, and remove the top and bottom of the pallet that will act as the top, leaving only the sides.
  • If you wish to create a long tray, also remove the side that will be on the inside. Note that if you create a row of three bins, the middle bin will have only the top and bottom sides. Now you can screw everything together with the brackets.
  • To close the bottom of the tray completely, turn the pallets upside down and screw the slats you’ve just removed between the existing slats on the bottom pallet. Now it’s time to make the feet.
  • Use removed battens and screw them under the two front corners. One slat widthwise, the other lengthwise. You’ll have legs that form a right angle.

Assembling a garden bench:

  • The bins you’ve just created will also serve as a backrest for your bench. They must therefore be installed over the bases created in steps 2 and 3. To do this, place the bins on half of the pallets forming the base. You can adjust the distance to suit your seating requirements.
  • Screw it all together.

File construction :

  • Now that the cabinet is formed, you can install the files. To do this, use pallets that are the same width as a seat, with horizontal slats. Simply screw these pallets onto the edge of the garden to create an extension and a higher back.
  • In this project, we sawed our pallets in half to reduce the height.
  • To solidify the backrests, use laths and screw them to the sides of the garden and to the back of the backrests. You can also screw angle brackets to join the pallets.

The finish

  • Pallet wood is imperfect and often rough, so you’ll need to sand your entire piece of furniture with coarse grain and repeat this step with fine grain. This will make your bench much more comfortable.
  • Now that your structure is made soft, apply two to three coats of Colorantic paint mix with your 55 mm oval brush.
  • Finally, as this is outdoor furniture, it also needs to be protected from the elements. Apply two coats of Colorantic varnish using the recommended methods.

In closing!!!

So, after all that work, you’ll be ready to enjoy a roaring fire while munching on your crops straight from the garden. A wonderful way to combine relaxation and healthy eating!

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