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Project by Juriathe posted 06-19-2012 12:28 PM 3517 views 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We made this deck chair from pallet wood. The plans came from a May issue of WOOD magazine. We had to modify it some to accommodate the the lengths of wood we had on hand. We try hard to not buy any wood for our projects. The backrest has two positions and room to add more if the owner wants. I think I’d make a few more modifications to this plan if I make another one. The finish is Minwax Golden Oak and Cabot’s Red Oak. The entire chair was completed with a coat of poly to make it more weather-resistant. Right now I don’t think that’s a problem, though, as the new owner parked it in her living room for now !!

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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#1 posted 06-19-2012 12:56 PM

What a great job turning what at first looks like junck wood. Very green using those pallets. Very nice job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 06-19-2012 01:50 PM

Really nice job of bringing new life to that old stuff. Like to hear about the modifications as well. Plans are great as a start, but it’s always more fun to adapt them to the needs, tools, and materials on hand. Nice job.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#3 posted 06-19-2012 03:36 PM

You’ve done a wonderful job of turning a pile of junk into a very nice deck chair. The chair looks great.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 06-19-2012 06:42 PM

thanks, guys. We built this as a test model and it got great reviews by all who looked it over. It’s sturdy, functional, and unique, like so many hand-crafted items, which the new owner liked. Modifying the plan caused problems in that I’d make a cut and forget I needed to adjust it to ~our~ plan, not the mags. One thing I learned is that if I’m going to modify things, take the time to put it all down on paper to avoid making needless mistakes.

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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#5 posted 06-19-2012 07:52 PM

It looks very comfortable and nicely made. Congratulations.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 06-20-2012 12:15 AM

I like that design and good use of wood. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#7 posted 06-20-2012 06:30 AM

Great job! Can’t really even tell it’s from pallet wood. Thanks for posting

-- Ben from IL

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#8 posted 06-30-2012 04:03 PM

Excellent job! I think that is something I’d like to tackle in the future. Adjustable backs. Excellent. Nicely done!

-- David, Spring Hill, FL -- making projects from recycled pallets

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#9 posted 08-22-2012 03:15 PM

Wow! That looks great. I saw you post on another project made of pallets so I wanted to see what you made. When I saw the list of projects I just figured you hadn’t made any yet. I wouldn’t have guessed it was from pallets by looking at it. Even better is that you showed the pallets before. When I see stuff like this I think that the pallets must ave been in great shape… Not like the ones I have… But they look the same. Really motivates me. Thanks for sharing!

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#10 posted 08-23-2012 02:13 PM

thanks, Angie . We have kinda slowed down at the moment due to refurbishing my Mom’s house. Our poor house looks like a ghetto with our stacks of unprocessed pallets right now…LOL. Hopefully we’ll be back at it soon with more neat projects.

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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