How to make a simple garden bench out of a empty cable reel and a couple of pallets for your garden. A cheap and simple pallet furniture project involving basic workshop tools that most of you have got. Under $1 Ive costed this at, basically 10 screws, everything else was upcycled and reclaimed. A fine use of a pallet, much better than firewood for the woodburner or stove 😉
Facebook pallet picture album page here –
I used the welder to make bolts from the existing threaded rods that held the cable drum together but you could just as easily buy or recycle long coach bolts. Routing the washers and nuts into the sides though is a nice touch.
I used a variety of tools, started off with a cheap jigsaw, this cut the pallets ok but died on the second one and would have no chance of cutting the thick slightly damp cable drum ends. The evolution rage 7 was a good purchase and chewed its way through them. For more info on evolution power tools visit here, seem really good value for the money –
Makita angle grinders, the router and the cordless drill all came into use. Great work horses although i killed my makita jigsaw and belt sander. The belt sander is the biggest loss, a very versatile tool but very expensive to replace, i need to drop it off at Townsends to see if it can be repaired but i think the motors goosed.
A Mcallister drill i think with a half inch or more auger bit, corded drills are good when it comes to drilling large and deep holes.
The Electra Beckum radial arm mitre saw is a tool that is becoming cheaper and a must have workshop item for anyone whos manufacturing. The slot i cut to hold the bracket is snug, perfectly square and that joint can be adapted to so many other projects and add stability where its used.
A cheap belt sander from Argos, it might be a Challenge brand, 40 grit belt used just to take off any splinters, burrs and for rounding off the corners to give it a more tactile feel.
Thanks for watching, feel free to use my idea for your own project, my ideas come from a mixture of your suggestions, things i see on the internet and my own gray matter.
Have a look at my latest DIY Pallet coffee table with Lichtenberg Figure and Glow in the dark resin here!
Places to visit on fb for some good ideas and feedback on any furniture or home and garden projects you are thinking of.
Grillo Designs Home Decorating –
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DIY on a Budget
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