House of Sparkles: Pallet How To – Our Guide On Making Things With Pallets
We know it’s such a pain once you order beautiful furniture and it turns up in a great big pallet and now you have to think of a way to dispose of it! Well don’t worry anymore, why not test your creative side? Here at HOS we thought we would put this to the test!
So, here’s a helpful guide to working with pallets!
House of Sparkles TOP 6 DESIGN IDEAS:
6 ) Pallet Drinks Tray:
5 ) Pallet Shelves:
4) Pallet Photo Frame:
3) Pallet Garden Feature
2) Pallet Lounge Set:
1) Our favourite! Pallet Hammock!
Taking apart the pallets:
Most useful method: Duckbill Deck Wrecker from Amazon. This tool lifts those boards easily, and you can take out the nails with a hammer. If you plan to do a lot of pallet projects, then this is definitely worth considering!
Method 2: If you don’t have a deck wrecker or a pallet buster, another method is to use a hammer and a pry bar, which does take a lot more time. However, it’s the least expensive way to start!
Design, planning and finishing considerations:
When planning to build something with pallet wood, one of the first things to consider is where it needs to be accurate VS where it’s more forgiving and you can keep the rustic character. It’s more forgiving where it’s rustic. Areas that need to accurate i.e. table legs or a square picture frame will need more planning ahead!
When it comes to sanding and finishing your pallet, if it’s something you touch often i.e. a crate or a table top, you will want to sand the wood more! So, start with 80 grit sand paper, then go to 120 or even 220!
In other places we can just sand a little bit with 120 grit to make sure the wood is free of splinters, and still keep the character of the wood surface.
Remember, when working with wood ALWAYS wear gloves and eye goggles because of those nails and splinters!
Before you turn on any power tools, first get a sturdy work surface i.e. a work bench or even a sturdy old table (with wood clamps – this is important)!
When it comes to finishing your pallet design, you can choose from either paints/wax/oil for your pallet!
We hope you found our HOS hints and tips useful! Make sure to show us your pictures of your pallet furniture!
- Natalie Ward