View of Lake Champlain (Malletts Bay, Colchester, VT)
Someone was selling these for $500…definitely what I'd charge if I made another one!
I like the tea candle lights (I'll be doing something with LEDs and solar)
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.
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.
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)
Make sure to use washers on both sides of hole
Primed with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3
Used Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer…laid it on thick and made sure to go back and soak up all the drips 😉
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!
Tossed over two 40' (3/4" diameter) rope…I like the hempy looking stuff, plus it's super tough.
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.
Disclaimer: I was NOT a boy scout but still think of myself as pretty resourceful
I'm still amazed we did this without hurting ourselves.
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!