Here is the pallet I started with:
Oops, one side, what was the middle piece, is in rough shape.
Oh well, it is pallet wood, not going for perfection here so I glued and screwed it.
I then added end pieces for looks, but also to make the piece more sturdy. These too are from a pallet.
Next come legs--as you can see these are cut from pallets as well, see all those nails? Remember, pallet wood is less than perfect, look carefully to get straight pieces.
I put 2 screws in from the side, 3 along the front--usually I only use 2 screws in each place--But I got a little excited this time :).
This next step is crucial for squaring up the piece. Add a piece of wood between the legs. Measure the distance at the top part of the legs and cut your board this length. Use a clamp to help hold it on place. It was at this point with this particular bench that I realized the two ends were a half of an inch different in widths. PALLET WOOD IS NOT PERFECT and working with it is not for those who cannot go with the flow, i.e. my once a math teacher husband who likes percision.
Here is the bench at this point:
Next comes cutting the wood to fill in the bench or table. This too was from a pallet. Because this bench is a little more narrow on one end, I had to cut and number my pieces. Normally I randomly cut and paint wood pieces and then fill them in where they fit. I decided since I was painting wood for the bench, I might as well paint some other pieces for future projects.
I was a little concerned with this color scheme that I chose--am I resurrecting the 80's? Peach, teal, grey--really Becky? What can I say? I was feeling it!
I painted the legs and "frame" also:
Okay, I forgot to take any pictures after this point, but I used the nail gun to the attach the boards, sanded and stained it. So many possibilities to make this your own--use different colors, different sizes of pallets, add a shelf to the bottom and have fun!
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