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Be a Man and Build Some Shit with Pallets

by Rich Emrett
wooden tabele set outside the house

Even if your biceps, triceps, and shoulders are flimsy at best or you spend the majority of your days wasting away in an office, you, too, can build some shit. These days, it’s easier and cheaper than ever, and one of the main reasons why can be summed up in one extremely common material: the pallet. Head to Craigslist or the back of a warehouse and grab some free pallets (NEVER pay for them – everyone’s trying to get rid of them). You’ll need minimal tools and minimal skills to make some cool ass shit. Here are ten projects to take on in your free time so you can get hot, sweaty, more muscular, and (sort of) a carpentry expert:

    1. Pallet Sign(Check out Etsy to steal some ideas)

Pallet signs are a great way to upgrade your walls and make a statement, whether it’s a painted rustic American flag, Ernest Hemingway quote, or simple Welcome sign. These are extremely easy to make, and what’s more is that they make for great gifts for your gal or your mom or whoever! It’s oh-so-thoughtful and oh-so-easy to make a pallet sign.

    1. Pallet Bedframe

Bedframes are so expensive, especially if you’re sizing up to a king. Pallets have you covered here, and while this project is big in size, it’s one of the easiest pallet projects out there. Go a step up in style and paint or stain it.

    1. Pallet Coffee Table

This one’s attractive, has that cool industrial look, and is, like most of the things on this list, easy to make. All you need are some wheels.

    1. Pallet Chair2a chair

Okay, we admit it. This one resembles… pallets put together. Because that’s what it is. But an easy way to class up this one is to buy some cheap cushions (In the summer, Walmart’s got them for like $10.00).

    1. Pallet Swing Bed

Want to make your sig other really happy? Build her a swing bed to hang from the trees or the porch. Boyfriend game strong.

    1. Cornhole Boards

It’s hard to find cornhole boards for cheaper than $100 anywhere, even used. So, make your own! HGTV has you covered every step of the way.

    1. Pallet Garden Loungers

It takes just five easy steps to put together these garden loungers (and, of course, you’re going to want to buy some cushions for comfortable tanning and lazing about). Instructables.com leads you along every single step of the way.

    1. Pallet Sectional Bench

Basically anyone can make a pallet chair or garden lounger, and both are really useful and comfy for outdoor living. But if you really want to prove yourself as a pallet extraordinaire, go for the sectional bench. It’s perfect for hanging out with friends, especially if you’ve got it wrapped around a fire pit.

    1. Pallet Wine Rack

2b wine rackSo far on this list, you’ve pretty much got furniture covered – and there’s so much more you can build, like bookshelves, kitchen tables, chicken coops, etc.! But if you really want to take pallets to another level and get all classy, build this wine rack. It takes a bit more finesse, but the end product is worth it.

    1. Pallet Bar

You could buy it for $750. Or you could build it yourself. This one’s at the expert level, but we believe in you!

Inspired yet? If so, get in your truck or strap some rope to your car and head for the back of large grocery stores and warehouses. You’ll have so many pallets on your hands you’ll be begging for a longer list!

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