A Chair of Pallet wood

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Project by Houtje posted 04-17-2010 05:57 PM 13986 views 10 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, I make most of my project of used wood.
Mostly palletwood or wood I get from A shop who sell floors.
Well this is one of them. two garden chairs.

Sometimes I’m a bit jealous of all the beautifull wood you have in the US.
Here in Holland it’s very expensive to buy special wood.
That’s why I choose for used wood.
I hope you like them. I enjoyed making them.

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#1 posted 04-17-2010 06:34 PM

Lovely chairs. Your recycling shows your skill and ingenuity. Good to have you aboard.

Exotic wood is expensive here, in the UK, also. Thats why I make small boxes. More projects out of small quantities of expensive materials.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#2 posted 04-17-2010 06:34 PM

niice garden chairs and great recycling
is it pine or ?

welcome to L J enjoy and have fun


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#3 posted 04-17-2010 06:53 PM

Nothing wrong with using used wood. Much better to make something useful than throwing it away. I usually avoid pallet wood though because the staples that they use locally are horrible to remove.

You might want to reconsider the way you have built the legs though. It really should have a bit more side to side bracing. The wood is thin to support lateral stress in use. You could glue a piece on the edge facing out to make a shape like a letter L like on the arms which will give it much more support.

Very nice workmanship.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#4 posted 04-17-2010 07:02 PM

Great eye o the design – though those legs are thin. I’d use the thick section that the slats rest on for legs…well, maybe pallets look different in EU. Do you worry about chemicals/treatments/etc on the wood before you begin working?

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#5 posted 04-17-2010 07:19 PM

Making something out of something else is a great skill!!! Love the chairs.

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#6 posted 04-17-2010 07:28 PM

Cool idea, you might want to turn the arm rest bolts around though.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#7 posted 04-17-2010 08:29 PM

It’s pine wood.
I made a set of these last year and gave them to a friend. They still doing well even with 3 teenagers and the thinn chair legs, the did what the have to do. Staying steady onder a lot of teenage fun.
So I trust the thin legs.
The bolds are covert with a rond bold on top soory don’t know the name in english.The look bigger on the picture than that they realy are

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#8 posted 04-17-2010 08:45 PM

very resourceful neat

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#9 posted 04-18-2010 03:07 AM

well done .. I like them

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 04-18-2010 01:33 PM

Resourceful..reclaiming wood & using it for a great item: I give you Gold Stars!!!!!!!!

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#11 posted 04-18-2010 03:52 PM

I have found that free wood is the best to learn the “how to” in making projects. For those of us who have been doing this woodworking thing for awhile, we find it uses well for set up blocks, stop blocks, jigs, templates and test wood for checking correct blade angles and router bit height. Your re-claimed wood chairs are an excellent project for helping beginners start building. If they mess up a cut or do something wrong, it’s no big deal. Once their practice turns to accurate joinery, then they can step into better quality wood. Thanks for posting your chairs.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#12 posted 04-18-2010 03:55 PM

I love working with salvage wood. Pine has a real earthy tone to it I like.

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#13 posted 04-22-2010 06:46 PM

I think what you are referring to is a carriage bolt. It has a rounded top with no slot and the body (shaft) is square just below the head. The rest of smooth and threaded on the end.
There is a pallet company about 2 miles from my home. They were giving away scrap pieces for firewood this winter. I’m going to go down and see what I can get for some projects. I met a fellow in Alabama that had a piece of teak that was part of a pallet from Asia!
Thanks for sharing this project.

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#14 posted 04-22-2010 06:46 PM

Very nice job! I love using recycled wood, I have been going to a wood flooring supplier and picking up pallet strapping blocks, they are about 2 1/4 by 2 1/2 and have found lots of pine, oak, poplar and recently got lucky and found these babies, purple heart, 29 in long….Headed for the dumpster.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#15 posted 04-22-2010 10:21 PM

what!!!!!! purplehart used as pallet stoff
now I have to swollow that painkiller with something strong
my world is not what it has been

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