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Learn how to build your own practical outdoor storage bench from pallets. With pallets, not only can you make almost any type of furniture, but you can also do so cheaply, while at the same time recycling some pallet wood.

Outdoor Storage Bench

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Tools and materials

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To make an outdoor storage bench like the one in this tutorial, you’ll need the following tools and materials:

Cost, time and difficulty

The difficulty level of this project is rated as medium, given that you’ll need a certain level of skills when it comes to using the different tools, as well as furniture assembly.

The approximate price of materials is around £30. This price may vary depending on how many layers of varnish you use, and whether you buy the pallet or find one for free. You can purchase some of the tools and materials used via this sample shopping basket.

The condition of your pallet boards will impact the amount of time required to complete this bench, along with the decor you want to add. In our case, it took us a couple of days work to finish the project.

Outdoor Storage Bench Step by Step Tutorial

Step 1: Dismantle the pallet

First of all, you need to dismantle one or more pallets as you’ll need at least 20 pallet boards of a metre in length to make this chest. The pallets can be taken apart using either a crowbar or a reciprocating saw. The second option is much faster and won’t damage the boards as much.

It is also essential to use a saw blade that’s suitable for cutting both the wood and metal nails, to avoid breaking the blade.

thehandymano mano Outdoor Storage Bench DIY tutorial dismantle pallets

Step 2: Sand or plane the pallet boards

Pallet wood generally features numerous imperfections, damp, splinters, etc. To remove these and achieve a more uniform surface, you’ll need to use an orbital sander.

However, if the pallets are in bad condition or highly repellent, we recommend tidying them up with a planer. This way you can smooth the surface down in less time and achieve a perfect finish.

thehandymano mano Outdoor Storage Bench DIY tutorial plane boards

Step 3: Fill the holes

The next step is to remove any nails and fills the holes with putty. To do this, it helps to use either a spatula or your fingers. Once filled, remove any excess with a damp cloth. Lastly, sand the surface when it is dry.

thehandymano mano Outdoor Storage Bench DIY tutorial fill holes

Step 4: Cut the parts

The next step will be to cut the boards with a mitre saw or handsaw. The parts you need are:

  • 5 boards measuring 90cm long for the top of the chest, and 2 crosspieces measuring 30cm to join these.
  • 10 boards measuring 45cm for the sides that make the legs.
  • 4 measuring 31cm to join the top and centre of the sides, and 2 measuring 34cm for the bottom.
  • 8 boards measuring 86cm for the front and back of the chest.

thehandymano mano Outdoor Storage Bench DIY tutorial cut the parts

Step 5: Assemble the chest

Once you’ve cut all the parts needed, it’s time to assemble the outdoor storage bench. Do so in the following order:

  1. Join the boards that make up the lid and sides.
  2. Screw together the boards that form the front and back of the bench.

5.1.- Lid and sides

To make the chest lid, join 5 boards measuring 90cm by screwing them to a couple of crossbeams measuring 30cm long.  Then, join 5 boards measuring 45cm in length by screwing on two 31cm boards and one 34cm board to the bottom. That’s the two sides done.

thehandymano mano Outdoor Storage Bench DIY tutorial drill lid and sides

5.2.- Front and back of the chest

To join the two sides, screw together 4 boards measuring 86cm in length to the front and back of the chest. In the image below you can see the process in detail.

thehandymano mano Outdoor Storage Bench DIY tutorial drill front back

Step 6: Protect the wood

The next step is to protect and colour the wood with varnish. This type of finish allows the wood to breathe and helps to regulate interior moisture, making it ideal for outdoor furniture.

thehandymano mano Outdoor Storage Bench DIY tutorial varnish

Step 7: Nail on the bottom

Once the varnish is dry, nail the plywood panel to the bottom of the chest. For this you can use a nail gun, a stapler, or a hammer and nails. Next, coat it using the same colour of varnish you chose for the rest of the chest.

thehandymano mano Outdoor Storage Bench DIY tutorial nail bottom

Step 8: Decorate the lid

You can use different shades of varnish to decorate the lid of your outdoor storage bench. Using masking tape, mark out the sections for each different colour to create a geometric design.

Because varnish acts like a wood stain and shows off the grain of the wood, you can blend several colours together to achieve different shades.

thehandymano mano Outdoor Storage Bench DIY tutorial decorate lid

Step 9: Screw on the hinges and handles

Lastly, attach the hinges and handles to the sides To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Screw the hinge to the back of the chest and to the lid. To avoid having to level down the wood, we used hinges without a hinge cup.
  2. Drill holes to attach a handle or knob at either side.
  3. Screw on the handle to allow you to easily move and relocate the chest.

thehandymano mano Outdoor Storage Bench DIY tutorial screw hinges

There you have it! Your very own handmade outdoor storage bench!

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thehandymano mano Outdoor Storage Bench DIY tutorial finished project from front

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Looking to upgrade your sofa but don’t have a big budget? Save money by making your own DIY Pallet Sofa with this handy tutorial! See for yourself how to turn old pallets into your own personalised and comfy sofa, a perfect match with your living room or garden!

DIY Pallet Sofa Tutorial

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Tools and materials

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial tools and materials

The tools and materials that you’ll need to make this DIY pallet sofa are as follows:

Cost, time and difficulty

This project is rated medium difficulty as it requires a certain level of skill when it comes to handling the electric tools. If you use manual tools to cut and dismantle the pallet, it will be easier.

The approximate price of the materials is around £100, if you already have the tools needed to make the sofa. This biggest expense is mainly for the cushioning for the sofa seat and backrest, meaning it will be reduced if you use something you already have! You can find the other tools in this suggested basket here.

On another note, to make this sofa from pallets as per the tutorial, you will need a couple of days work to complete everything, including assembly and varnishing. This time may even increase if you use manual tools, or pallets in a particularly bad condition. The more deteriorated these are, the longer it will take you to get them fit for purpose.

How to make a DIY Pallet Sofa

Step 1: Cut the pallet to the size of your cushions

This first step is important if the pallet you have found or bought doesn’t match the size of the seat and backrest cushions. You won’t need to do this if you’re using custom-made cushions.

In our specific case, the pallets measured 120 x 100cm, so we cut the one for the base to fit the size of our cushions. To do this, we followed these steps:

  1. Mark the size the pallet will be cut to.
  2. Cut the pallet slightly bigger using the reciprocating saw.
  3. With a circular saw, cut the pallet’s crossbeam to the desired size.
  4. Screw the extra boards that you cut in step 2 to the edges of the pallet, as well as to the front and back.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial prepare wood

Step 2: Dismantle the pallet

The next step is to dismantle the pallet using the reciprocating saw or the  crowbar or lever (the first option will be quicker than the second)

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial dismantle wood

Step 3: Sand and plane the pallet and boards

Next, sand the pallet using an orbital sander. This type of sander is the most suitable when it comes to sanding pallets, as its rectangular shape is ideal for the boards that make up the pallet.

However, if the wood is very rough or has many imperfections, it will be a good idea to use a plane instead. This allows you to file down the boards, and after a couple of strokes with the plane, the wood will be completely smooth and flat.

It’s extremely important that before you use the plane, you remove all nails that may remain in the boards, to avoid damaging the plane’s blade.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial orbital sander

Step 4: Cut boards for the legs, back and armrests

Once you have sanded all the boards, use the mitre saw to cut them as the legs, back and armrests. The sizes are as follows:

  • Use cross beams from the pallet to make the legs as these are the sturdiest and strongest. You will need 4 measuring 50cm long.
  • 2 pallet boards measuring 84cm will be joined to the top of the legs as armrests.
  • 3 pallet boards measuring 75cm long will be screwed to the back of the pallet. You will use two more boards measuring 120cm long to complete the backrest.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial mitre saw

Step 5: Varnish the parts

Before assembling the legs and backrest, varnish both the pallet and the loose boards. In this way you can more easily reach all the nooks and crannies, because once everything has been assembled, it will be a lot more complicated.

For this, you should use an oak stained varnish. Not only does this help to protect the wood but it also adds a nice touch of colour.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial varnish

Step 6: Assemble the legs, backrest and armrests

Once the varnish has dried, assemble the various parts of the sofa

  1. Legs: screw the cross beams using a couple of coach screws to the 4 edges of the pallet. To ensure all of the legs are the same length, and the sofa isn’t crooked, we used a block of wood as a guide.
  2. Backrest: screw the 3 boards measuring 75cm to the back of the pallet. The ones for the sides should be screwed to the legs too.
  3. Armrests: attach a board measuring 84cm long to each side, joining the top to the legs.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial assemble back rest

En la siguiente imagen se puede ver el resultado final una vez se hayan montado todas las piezas.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial complete no cushions

Step 7: Add the cushions

Fnally, add the cushions to finish the transformation of a pallet into you very own DIY pallet sofa! Note that the cushions we used for the backrest have ties at the rear to allow you to attach them to the wooden slats.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial add cushions

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This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!

If you enjoyed making your own DIY pallet sofa, why not have a look at our other pallet DIY tutorials?

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Pallet Table DIY Tutorial

If you fancy creating a summery beach style in your bathroom, why not have a go at making this upcycled pallet cabinet? The wood we’ve used is reclaimed from an old pallet and is sanded down to create a smooth driftwood-like finish. You can scale up the pallet cabinet to whatever size you’d like for your bathroom. We have used the sides and planks of the pallet to determine the overall size and this finished cabinet is 430 x 325 x 110mm.

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Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial

By Cassie Fairy

Tools and Materials

To do this DIY project you’ll need the following tools:

Hand saw
Wrecking bar
Hammer
Mitre box
Palm sander
Drill with drill bits
Router with cutting bits
Screwdriver
1 x Pallet (the width of these planks is 73mm, you will need to adjust your measurements if the slats of your pallet are wider or narrower than 73mm)
700 x 800mm x 3m plywood sheet
Assorted sandpaper to fit your palm sander in course, medium and fine grits
Wood glue
6 or 8 x 65mm corner braces with screws
4 x mirror corners with screws
2 x magnetic catches with screws
2 x 75mm Butt hinges
20mm nails

Cost, time and difficulty

The approximate cost of materials for this project is £15, depending on the tools you already have. You can access the shopping cart of some of the tools and materials used through this link.

This project is quite simple and is therefore suitable for beginners. Depending on your DIY skills, this project shouldn’t take longer 4 hours to complete.

Measurements:

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial thehandymano mano mano measurements

Step 1: Cutting the planks

Use a handsaw to cut the surface planks away from the sides of the pallet. Cut across the first plank parallel to the inner edge of the supporting beam at the side of the pallet. Measure 322mm from the first cut and mark a line across the plank. Saw off the plank at this point to create a piece that measures 322mm x 73mm. Repeat until you have 6 planks. Finally, cut one or two extra pieces at 270mm long to use as shelves inside the cabinet. Use a palm sander to sand down all the planks until the edges are smooth and it resembles driftwood.

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial thehandymano mano mano cutting planks

Step 2: Cutting the edges

Use a wrecking bar to prise the remaining ends of the planks off the supporting beam. This beam will become the frame of the bathroom cabinet so pull out the nails or hammer them in. From this piece of wood cut two pieces 325mm long and two pieces 430mm long. Use a mitre box to cut the ends at 45 degree angles with a handsaw. Use a palm sander to smooth all the surfaces.

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial thehandymano mano mano cutting edges

Step 3: Cutting the back and front

Measure out two rectangles on your plywood sheet. The back piece should measure 320mm x 422mm and the front piece should measure 260mm x 370mm. Use a saw to cut out these pieces and carefully sand around the edges

Step 4: Making the door

Lay out the driftwood planks side by side. Apply wood glue to the front piece of ply and place on top of the planks to create a door for the cabinet. Use small nails to hold the back in place and allow the glue to dry thoroughly. Once the glue is dry, drill a hole in the centre of the door to hold the router guide arm in order to cut a circle. Use the router to cut away a circle from the centre and sand down the inside edges.

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial thehandymano mano mano making door

Step 5: Assembling the cabinet

Apply wood glue to the angled corners and use a metal brace in each inner corner to support the frame. You can add one or more shelves inside the cabinet frame using more metal corner braces to support them. Apply wood glue to the back edges of the frame and position the plywood backing before nailing into place.

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial thehandymano mano mano assembling cabinet

Step 6: Attaching the door

To finish the pallet cabinet, attach a square mirror tile (or use a recycled mirror from an old frame, like we have) to the inside of the door, behind the circle, using mirror corners. Add magnetic catches to the inside edge of the frame and add the magnets to the back of the door in the corresponding positions. Attach the door to the frame using two butt hinges.

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial thehandymano mano mano attach door

Finished pallet cabinet:

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This article was written by Cassie Fairy. You can find Cassie’s blog ‘My Thrifty Life’ at Cassiefairy.com, where she shares daily blog posts about her home DIY projects, upcycled finds, low-cost recipes and plenty of inspiration for living a low lovely life on a budget.

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Pallet Table DIY Tutorial

Need a new table for your kitchen? If you’re a fan of rustic chic and you don’t want to spend too much, then roll your sleeves up and learn how make a DIY Pallet Table yourself.

Pallets are so easy to find and versatile that you can create anything with them, from small pieces of furniture to large items.

DIY Pallet Table

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Tools and materials

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial tools

To make your DIY pallet table you will need the following tools and materials:

Cost, time and difficulty

This project can cost less than £40 depending on the tools you already have. If you need to purchase some of the tools and materials used, you can browse this sample shopping basket.

This DIY project has a medium difficulty rating. This makes it perfect for anyone who already has some experience working with pallets and wants to practice! If you want to see more projects with a similar level of difficulty, check them out at the bottom of the article!

How to make a DIY pallet table step by step

Making this pallet table took a full day’s work. This amount of time may be reduced by attaching the pallet boards horizontally or vertically, rather than diagonally.

Step 1: Dismantle the pallet

The first step is to dismantle the pallet. To do so, you can use either a crow bar or lever, as well as a reciprocating saw with a blade suitable for both wood and metal. If you opt for the latter, you can have all of the boards ready in just 5 minutes.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial cut pallet

Step 2: Cut the boards at a 45 degree angle

To make the work surface or table top we chose to attach the pallet boards diagonally. Not only does this give the table a different look, but it also allows you to get rid of the parts of the boards with nails.

The quickest option is to cut all of the boards to a 45 degree angle using the mitre saw. If you don’t have one, then use a mitre box and hand saw.

The number of boards you need will depend on the length and width of your table, as well as the width of the pallet boards. In any case, you should figure in that the central plank is twice as long as the side planks.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial cut at 45 degree

Step 3: Make the table top

Once all the pieces have been cut to size,attach them to a panel of MDF measuring 120cm x 60cm x 10mm. To ensure they are firmly attached, first glue them in place using mounting or wood glue then once dry, strengthen the joint by using the nail gun to add some small nails.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial make table top

Lastly, sand the entire table top using an orbital sander. This allows you to even out the surface and get rid of any splinters or imperfections.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial orbital sander

Step 4: Cut the leg parts

It’s important to keep in mind that the table legs will not only support the weight of the table top itself but also all of the kitchen items and appliances placed on top. For this reason, we recommend the cuts you use for the table legs are no less than 2 centimetres thick.

Besides the legs, you will also need some other parts to reinforce the table top. Use a mitre saw to cut the following pieces:

  • 4 planks measuring 90cm long for the legs of a high-top kitchen table, or 70cm long for a standard height.
  • 2 planks measuring 20cm long, and 2 x 55cm long to reinforce the table top.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial cut leg parts

Next, use the pocket hole jig to make the necessary holes in order to screw the 120cm and 55cm planks to the tabletop. If you don’t have access to this jig, you can alternatively use angle brackets.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial use pocket hole jig

Step 5: Assemble the legs

In this step assemble the table legs. To do so, join the two 90cm planks at a 90 degree angle using the same joinery system as before. Next, screw these on to the interior of the frame that reinforces the table top.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial assemble legs

Step 6: Varnish and seal the table

The final step is to varnish and waterproof the wood to protect it from stains and dampness. To do so, we used coloured varnish to add a touch of colour and protect the table at the same time.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial varnish table

Finally, after, following each of these steps, your DIY Pallet Dining Table should look something like this!

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial finished

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial finished

 

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial finished with bowl

This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!

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Competition Time: The Amazing Making Of

On International DIY day (Thursday 24th May), we decided to celebrate the day of creativity and general love for DIY and splinters by launching the competition #TheAmazingMakingOf.

If you have a wacky project on the go, could do with a £5000 helping hand and want to star in our web series then apply below!

This is a unique opportunity for all of you who have an amazing project on the go! We are looking for DIY projects that are innovative, creative and just that little bit different to anything we’ve ever seen before. We drill-y want to give you a helping hand of £5000 and to share your story to millions of people across Europe.

Apply here

What is an ‘amazing’ project?

For us, a wild project is…
…a DIY project made from scratch.
…thrilling, exciting and extraordinary.
…a creation that tells a unique, personal story.
…basically, an amazing, jaw-dropping project!

At ManoMano, we believe that DIY isn’t just limited to your home or garden. We want to bring inspiring, crazy and fun projects into the spotlight so that others can relive the many emotions that you felt whilst creating it!

A wild project is, above all, a state of mind – you need a hint of madness to embark on an adventure like this! We’re looking for people who are capable of stepping up and overcoming challenges… just for the fun of it. We’re not just looking for the perfect DIY story, we want to see the honesty behind the scenes: the overcome failures, frustrations, time spent, moments of self-denial, patience and tenacity.

See Jonathan’s story below as a perfect example!

 

If that sounds right up your street, then we can’t wait for you to get in touch!

What is The Amazing Making Of Web Series?

THE AMAZING MAKING OF is a web series depicting DIYers who have started amazing, wild projects.
The idea is to share the stories of those incredible makers, doers, inventors, and creators across 5 European countries by giving them the visibility that they deserve. Each winner will become the star of their own episode – amazing, right?!

The competition is open from the 24th May to 24th June 2018. Find more information at https://www.theamazingmakingof.co.uk