Pallet wood bench

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brandoncrone5775 added on 8/15/2015

I built a bench out of scrap, and pallet wood I collected, originally for a decorative bench for my mother to put flowers on for her birthday. Ended up being a full size, sturdy bench to actually use to sit on, or decorate with flowers


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Demo of pallets

I used two large pallets for this project, and had some wood leftover afterward. To maximize the amount and size of the pallet wood, I used my saws all to cut down the inside of each end of the pallet, and then used a pry bar and hammer to pry the middle section of the planks up. After freeing all the planks, I used my hammer to pull all the nails out of the planks, and the remaining wood and nails from the support pieces ( i.e. the 2x4 sections.) Once all the wood was free of nails, they were ready to use,


Build the structure or skeleton of

Once my pallet wood was ready to use, I took some scrap 2x2's I had left over from a previous build, and cut two front legs and two back legs/back support. I then cut two cross pieces to support, and nail the back pieces to. I also used the 2x2 to make a initial arm rest on each side. I used 1x2 for the connective front, back and sides for the seat area. I secured all the pieces together using my Kreg jig, which really works great to ensure a tight fit, and bomb-proof reliability.


Attach the pallet wood

Once my skeleton was put together, I used my air Brad nailer to lay the seat planks, squaring one end of each plank with my miter saw, before measuring and cutting for desired length of seat. I had to rip the last seat plank to fit correctly on my table saw.


Attach the back planks

Using my air Brad nailer, I secured alternating larger and smaller widths of pallet wood to the back section. Note that I had to rip a small half inch section to fill in a gap between the last two planks, which just added to the rustic character of the piece. I also had to use my miter saw to square the bottom of a couple of the back planks, due to the odd angle, or broken end where I had sawed them off the support of the pallet.


Cut the picket fence tops

Once all the back planks had been nailed down securely, I decided to cut the top of the back rest, to take on the picket fence look. I used my Kreg Multi Mark to find the center of each plank, then marked angles on ea ch one. I then used my jig saw to cut each picket. I decided not to sand anything after everything was done, which stayed true to the rustic, weathered look of the pallets, and the piece overall.

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(2) Various planks from pallets, 48", Pallet wood  
(2) 2x2, 96", Board  
(2) 1x2, 96", Board  


(26) Kreg 2 1/4 pocket screws (course thread)  
(100) Bostitch Brad nails  

Parts/Cut List:

(2) Front legs, 24"  
(2) Back legs, 36"  
(2) Front and back seat support, 32"  
(2) Side seat support, 14"  
(2) Back support cross pieces, 32"  
(2) Arm rest support, 14"  


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