pallet lounge tree swing

Made a pallet lounge tree swing…and it’s awesome!

Obligatory finished product first!

View of Lake Champlain (Malletts Bay, Colchester, VT)
Original pic spotted on Pinterest

Someone was selling these for $500…definitely what I'd charge if I made another one!
Another angle of the original idea

I like the tea candle lights (I'll be doing something with LEDs and solar)
Let's get started! First…Source some good pallets

You'll need 3 pallets for this project! Standard size is 40" x 48". I spent a GOOD amount of time searching for good quality ones. You don't want cracked/warped wood.
Building back support (required deconstruction of 1 pallet)

This is the trickiest part! You'll need to remove EVERY board from the 3 main pallet support pieces. I used a cat's claw and the back of a hammer, you need to be very careful NOT to crack the boards because you need to rebuild them. In order for the back to fit correctly, you need to move the 3 main support pieces and mount them on the INSIDE of the base pallet (after removing the 2nd to last plank). Cut each piece the same size, then screw 1 plank on to top to connect all 4. THEN you'll want to figure out what angle you want the back to be and then screw into all 3 supports with multiple screws to keep in place.
Use wood clamps to keep the planks in-place when drilling/screwing

Back view

showing the 3 support pieces relocated and screwed to the base support pieces to keep the back in place. Then 1 by 1, add the planks to the back (I spaced them 2.5" apart)
Finished screwing all back planks in place

Mounted eye bolts for attaching to rope

Make sure to use washers on both sides of hole
Close up of eye bolt

Sanded with 80 grit, then used air compressor to blow sawdust off

Prime time!

Primed with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3
All primed and ready for paint!

Used Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer…laid it on thick and made sure to go back and soak up all the drips 😉
Shot of back rest and bolts

Close up of back rest

Padding and pillows arrived…but the pad is too long!

So I decided to add a foot extension!

Offset the 3 support arms and screwed in tight!

Foot extension sanded and ready for prime time!

All painted and ready for action!

Pads fit perfect – can't wait to hang it up in my tree!

FINALLY found another satisfactory pallet for the top (took me a month)

I'm a bit particular when I make things…I certainly could have used any old pallet, but didn't want to spend all this effort to have it just fall apart so I literally rebuilt this pallet from about 5 others I had found…but pretty much every piece of wood on this one comes from a different pallet!
Sanding and mounting the 4 eye bolts

A quick trip up to the branch by ladder…about 25' up

Tossed over two 40' (3/4" diameter) rope…I like the hempy looking stuff, plus it's super tough.
Ladders…get some ladders for this next step!

Luckily I had my pick of ladders from the construction company doing my remodel, so I rigged this up using 2 larger ladders and some scrap wood. Then my buddy and I balanced the first pallet on top.
Getting knotty…

Disclaimer: I was NOT a boy scout but still think of myself as pretty resourceful
First pallet is mounted and balanced!

I'm still amazed we did this without hurting ourselves.
All done! No injuries either 😉

We basically used the same procedure, except used 2 saw horses for the lower lounge section. Tied off the knots, jumped on it to make sure the knots cinched down and it's ready for action!
Don't mind the mess…full remodel underway on the lake house!

My French Bulldog is already claiming this as his!

Enzo and I lounging after the install!

Source : bluepied from Reddit