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Project by Dinger posted 11-15-2013 05:10 PM 1828 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had to get this project build before the long Michigan winter! My wife and I invested in some outdoor living furniture this summer – specifically a hammock and an outdoor dining set. Both have cushions, pillows, etc. that we wanted to store when not in use to protect the from the elements.

It was a simple concept – one that I hadn’t really seen before. I first built the frame from left over 2×4’s from another project. Actually had to buy one 2×4x6 to finish it. I used pocket screws for the joinery. I then routed the rabbets to accept the slats and painted it with left over Sherwin Williams Emerald Exterior paint (great stuff!) to protect the raw pine. When it dried I used some old pallets I found on my street used for some landscaping blocks. I set them in the rabbets and brad nailed them to hold them in place. We were really pleased with the rustic effect! Mortised for some galvanized hinges freehand with a router, cleaned up with chisels. Used some left over 1/2 ply from my last project floating on cleats for the bottom. I need to add a chain or a rope to limit the opening range of the top, but other than that it’s done! Holds all six seat cushions and pillows as will as the rolled up hammock. And it’s a good height for sitting too! Thanks for looking.

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."





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#1 posted 11-15-2013 05:23 PM

It has that great rustic look,good job.

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#2 posted 11-15-2013 09:17 PM

Good salvage, great job.

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

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Rick

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#3 posted 11-16-2013 12:51 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.

Rick

-- How long is a Minute? That depends on which side of the Bathroom Door You're On!

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XrayJay

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#4 posted 11-18-2013 12:49 PM

Nice! The rustic looks really fits with the trunk/bench.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#5 posted 11-18-2013 05:40 PM

Making stuff from pallets is cheap and fun. Nice job. I need to build a few of these.

-- Marty, http://www.wickedpiggy.com

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