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45+ Incredibly Simple DIY Pallet Swings. Number 5 Looks So Comfy!

Who doesn’t love a good porch swing? Or perhaps a rope swing? The fresh air blowing past, sun on your face, or maybe relaxing in the shade with a calm rocking motion while reading a book in the warm summer afternoon. You get it. Any sort of furniture that swings brings with it a certain air of freedom and fun, and with that in mind we gathered some of the coolest DIY pallet swings together for this post. There’s not much to putting these things together.

Some of the hardware you can use includes a heavy duty swivel like the for example or this Byer of Maine Swivel Hook. Attach something like that to the ceiling, tree limb, or some other sturdy surface and get a heavy duty chain, metal cable, or even some thick rope to attach it to the pallet surface. It goes without saying that you should use relatively new pallets for a project like this, as the wood will be sturdier and less prone to cracking. You don’t want your peaceful afternoon siesta ruined by a sudden smash to the ground.

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Decorating the pallets for a nice look and comfortable feel is also easy enough. Find some pillows at the store, thrift shop, or from your closet and lay them on; cushions from an old couch can work. Be creative and think of the sort of surface you feel best on. The good thing is you can make it however you want. Amazon has all sorts of outdoor cushions up for grabs and is worth checking out.

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How to Easily Take Apart a Pallet

Recycling shipping pallets is the easiest way to get amazing home décor, art, and furniture. However, before you can create all the amazing stuffs, you need to disassemble them first!

These pallets are designed for shipping industry. So, it is not a surprise when they come with strength. These pallets are not only sturdily assembled, but also difficult to dismantle. Spiral nail inserted to all joints using high-pressured air. These nails are the real problem, but fear not because with a little energy, patience, your own hands, and tips from me, you can take rid of these nails without any problem at all, especially without tearing the whole part!

Stringers and slats are two main parts of your pallets. Slats are the upper pieces that are connected to the stringers, as the bottom pieces, with nails on both the centers and ends. Shipping industry uses different pallets to carry different objects with different specifications. They not only come with different materials, but also size of both slats and stringers. All depends on the object it carries.

Now, some people may think thing I am going to tell you is not important, but still I believe you need to know it before you can dismantle your wooden shipping pallet. It is about the age of your pallet. The older the age is, the easier you can remove the nails.
Now, before we begin disassembling your wood pallet, we must eliminate any safety risk first. Take a look at the wood roughness and how splintery it may become. So, unless you don’t concern on your own safety, start wearing safety glasses and work gloves.

Don’t forget to wear safety glasses!
Work gloves are mandatory whenever you work with wood pallets, unless you’re a fan of splinters.

This job also requires hammer and pry bar. So, don’t forget them

Disassembling your shipping wooden pallet

1. Loosen the nails.
Loosen nails will help you easily pull them out. Start with one slat (see image below). Use the pry bar to separate the slat from the stringer until you have pulled some part of the nails. Use the hammer if you cannot get the pry bar between the slat and stringer properly.

2. Repeat the same action with the remaining center and end part of the slat (see image below) until you free the slate. Flip over the slate to remove any remaining nail and take the reverse side to hammer them. Finish with flipping back the slat and use the pry bar to remove any remaining nail.

3. Repeat the process until all slats have been disassembled with the stringers. You’re done! Just remember to do each process carefully, especially when loosening the nails. If you do it too quickly, the pallet may be cracked.

That’s all you need to disassemble your wooden pallet. Your job now is to gather any unique idea to make something unique from this pallet.

As conclusion of this post, I need to give you some advice. Some pallets do not entirely come with natural treatment. Some of them come with chemical treatment which may become hazardous to your health. Try not to use these pallets because before they were used to carry any goods, they were treated with either heat or chemical. For this particular project, my recommendation would be HT-marked wooden pallets. These pallets were treated, just like the previous pallets. The only difference is the treatment does not involve any chemical substance. They were treated with heat and dried in a kiln.

For your own health, I must remind you that all pallets are also possible host for any insect, mold, bacteria, and other micro-organism. We never know the origin of these pallets and where they used to be until it arrived at your place. Something dangerous or hazardous may touched the pallets, such as pesticide. Remember these things when you consider using pallets on your next DIY project.

Ultimate Collection of DIY Pallet Furniture Ideas

We come across so many great ideas that showcase pallets, and thought it would be nice to gather some of them in one place for your viewing pleasure. The amount of creativity shown below is astounding, and we can’t even imagine how some people come up with these ideas, but they do. From using pallets for gardening, to creating a beautiful pallet sofa, pallet bench, and much more. Most of these projects can be accomplished in an afternoon. While a fair amount may require some sort of instructions on cutting angles and so forth, the vast majority of these DIY projects can be done without instructions to be honest.

When building pallet furniture it’s important to keep in mind a few things.

  • Always sand the wood. Pallets are typically unfinished and have course edges that would give you splinters. You don’t want to be attacked by the piece of furniture you just built!
  • Use 2x4s or similar pieces of lumber to brace pallets together and create separation between them.
  • Keep a jigsaw handy for those tricky cuts, especially the curved kind
  • Use your imagination and let your creative spark take over – you’ll be surprised how easy it is to build many of these pallet projects

Now go forth and create your own tables, chairs, benches, and planters!

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How to Make a Pallet Planter Box in a Few Easy Steps

When people said it is difficult to make a pallet planter box, it only means one thing: they don’t know the secret. Lucky for you, I am going to show you the secret of a beautiful diy pallet planter box. With only light efforts, you can get a nice decoration for your home porch and home lawn.

First, we need to know how many pallet woods we need for the pallet planter box, including length and width for each unit. This is not difficult at all, because we only need to measure the dimension of the plastic pot. Once you get the measurement, you can start measuring the pallet wood based on the dimension of the plastic pot. Take a look at the picture below.
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Cut the woods and form them as a block surrounding the plastic pot. Place the open side at the top, as you can see from the picture. Now, you have a beautiful diy pallet garden planter for your beautiful home or garden.

What if you cannot get a square plastic box as we use in this diy pallet planter box tutorial? Well, don’t worry because you can use any shape you like. We use the square one just because it is the most common shape in the market 🙂

If you followed the instruction carefully, then you should have realized the pallet woods still have fibers on it which makes it look dirty. Here is my tip. Clean the fibers with sand paper until you get smooth surface and clean it with soapy water to give it chic appearance.

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Now, you can place this amazing decoration at your garden or house porch.

Where to find pallets

Pallets are flat, square or rectangular structures that are used to hold goods during shipping and warehousing operations to make transportation and stacking easier. While some plastic and metal pallets are now produced, they’re traditionally and still most commonly made of wood, and the wooden kind is what we’ll focus on here. Why? Because they’re widely available and the wood in them is very useful for making inexpensive-but-durable furniture and other items. This economical and environmentally friendly re-purposing is already popular in a few countries and rapidly spreading worldwide.

If you’re interested in building something with recycled pallet wood, you’re going to need some pallets. The best place to find them depends on where you’re living, but don’t worry: almost anywhere you are, there are discarded pallets close by. (And if not, there’s always the internet – more on that below.)

Stores that sell furniture, appliances and hardware are a great place to start looking. Much of their stock is shipped on pallets, so they usually have plenty of extras available. The best time to go is early in the morning just after they’ve received their deliveries for the day. You’ll probably have your pick of pallets for free or at a nominal cost; otherwise, just ask store personnel to save you a few next time they get a shipment. They’ll probably be more than happy to have you take the unwanted pallets off their hands.

This can also work at your local grocery or pet supply store, whose canned goods are likely to be trucked in on pallets.

If you live in an area with a lot of manufacturing, you can look for pallets at the beginning of the supply chain instead of the end. Factories often hold periodic auctions to sell off obsolete or worn-out equipment, and most factories use pallets for moving materials and products around the plant.

Or maybe your city’s going through a construction boom. In that case, head down to a construction site (don’t forget your hardhat!) and ask whether they have any pallets they’d like to get rid of. You might not find such a good selection of pallets this way, but the ones you do find are likely to be strong, durable, and best of all, free.

If all else fails, look for pallet retailers on the internet. One advantage to this approach is that you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of pallets and easily find some that meet your particular needs. Then you can simply place an order and wait for them to be delivered. Of course, you’ll end up paying a bit more this way, but you’ll find that prices and shipping rates are still surprisingly affordable.