Small Garden Pallet Wood Bench

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Project by Tooch posted 09-09-2015 09:48 AM 956 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the beginning of spring, my wife had asked me to start acquiring pallets for a garden project she wanted to do. Once she started realizing how much work went into pulling apart pallets and extracting all the rusty nails, she was quickly “over it.”

One of the pallets in particular had some beautiful pieces of wood that I couldn’t just get rid of, so I made this bench for my two daughters to sit on while we are outside playing or sitting by the fire. The legs, upper back support and vertical supports are all Quarter-sawn Red Oak, and the seat slats are all White Oak. the supports for the seat are Poplar. Approx size for the seat is 8”deep by 36” wide, 18” off the ground; the overall height of the backrest is about 36” off the ground.

While trying to pull the nails out of the legs, I quickly realized that it just wasn’t happening (the heads were rusted & snapping off) so I decided to pound them back in and grind them down flush with the rest of the board. in hindsight in kinda adds an Aesthetic aspect which I think adds to the rustic look. As always, the pictures dont do the QSRO legs and back justice, as it looks awesome up close and in person.

Being that this was going to be out in the elements, I used PPG SunProof deck & siding semi-transparent stain. I love the look of it, but I may have applied the second coat too soon after the first, because a day later it still feels tacky in some spots.

Thanks for looking, as always comments, questions, concerns or complaints welcome!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-09-2015 10:43 AM

Nice bench and real character in that recycled wood!!. If you have a lot of pallets, you could make a bunch of ‘em!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 09-09-2015 11:20 AM

Very well done. Wife should love it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#3 posted 09-09-2015 12:37 PM

There’s just something special about making something that you don’t care about getting scratched, dented or weathers and it looks great nails and all. You have a nice bench there Tooch and you have your wife to thank for new place to go to procrastinate!

-- Tony UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it.." Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 09-09-2015 03:36 PM

Absolutely love the rustic look. Great job buddy

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#5 posted 09-09-2015 11:46 PM

Very rustic indeed, I really like the look.
You could have trimmed off all the old nail holes and pulled all the nails and sanded it to heck but it just would not have looked right.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 09-10-2015 03:17 AM

Simple, rustic, and well executed. Looks great.

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#7 posted 09-14-2015 07:21 AM

Real nice project. Well done.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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