Tuesday, November 1, 2016

DIY Pallet Garden Bench

30 Days of DIY Projects 2 Make Us Thankful

Project 1

This is the first post of our series of projects to make us thankful for DIY.  Be sure to check back everyday during the month of November for new simple and easy DIY projects.

It's our way of saying Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at
Simply Easy DIY!

One of the things I like to do here at simply easy diy is make things out of stuff I already have on hand.

My second favorite thing to do here at simply easy diy is to find stuff others have thrown out and make stuff out of it.

It saves me money and money always seems to be in short supply.  Especially when you have four little mouths to feed.

So I always have an eye out for inspiration wherever it may strike.

In my area there is a company I drive by often that has a sign that reads, "Free Pallets."


Yeah I'll take some.

They also had a couple of those large cable reels.  Hmm, what can you do with a few pallets and an old cable reel... The fine folks at "The Poultry People" have a great idea. 

DIY Pallet Garden Bench

My Thoughts on the Project

Alright, so this project is simpler than it may look in the video.

All that's needed is one or two good pallets and maybe a cable reel.  I say maybe because you could actually do away with that all together.

How you ask?

Well for the sides I would do simple glue ups from the planks salvaged from the second pallet and perhaps throw in some scrap lumber from my shop.

Ok, maybe a third pallet would be in order to go this route, but if you can't find a cable reel then DIY means DIY, right?


The welding I would toss out and use some 1" or 1-1/4" oak dowel rods to connect the sides to the bench seat and back support.  A set of Forstner bits should provide a bit to drill an appropriately sized hole for those size dowel rods.

Speaking of the back support, a common question I get from previous projects I personally have done involving seating is what angle should the seat back be.

Well, it varies based on personal preference but from a study done by Cornell University, they found that the most common preferred angle to sit at is 15 degrees.

If you're curious about any of the tools that were featured in the video, here are a couple that I have had personal experience with:

right angle grinder

leather work gloves


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today's featured project and don't forget to stop by "The Poultry People" YouTube channel to check out even more great videos from them.

We hope you will return to Simply Easy DIY everyday through the month of November for more projects that make us thankful 4 DIY.

Until then!