He Hangs A Pallet In The Air With Rope - It Seemed Strange, Until I Saw What's BELOW It
Elizabeth Norton 5/26/2016
There is a seemingly endless list of projects that incorporate pallets, but this one just might be the comfiest idea yet! This project will show you how to transform a palette into a lounge tree swing that you can enjoy all year round.
Gathering The Goods
The first step in this project, from Imgur user I Am Greg Anderson, is to source the three pallets; the standard size is 40" x 48". Quality is important when building this swing, so avoid any pallets with cracked wood.
Building The Support
Next, the back support side needs to be built by deconstructing one of the pallets. Start by removing every board from the three main pallet support pieces. Do this carefully to ensure you don't crack any of the boards. Decide on the angle of the back support frame and screw the frame into all three support to keep it in place.
Remove And Restructure
Then move the three main support pieces and mount them on the side of the base pallet, space them about 2.5" apart. Cut each to be the same size and screw one plank on to the top that will connect all four. Wood clamps will help to keep the planks in place during this process.
Starting To Taking Form
After you rearrange the planks, the lounge should look something like this.
Securing The Bolts
The next step is to mount the eye bolts. These will attach to the rope and allow the pallet to swing. Make sure to use washers on both sides of the hole and space them on the four corners evenly.
Smoothing It Out
You will then need to sand the lounge with a sander at 80 grit. Use an air compressor once it's thoroughly sanded to blow off any excess sawdust.
Prep And Prime
Now it is time to prime and prep the lounge for paint! This project is best suited for Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer, paint it on thick and make sure to get all sides, screw heads, and bolts.
The Comfy Stuff
For the padding and pillows, two standard size lounge chair pads can be used in the pattern of your liking! A foot extension will need to be added so that the pad isn't too long.
Topping It Off
Now that the base is completed, its time to start working on the pergola top. First, sand the pallet and mount four eye bolts onto the four corners. Then prime and paint the top just like was done for the base.
Now it's time to begin putting the ropes into place in the tree. Start by tossing over two 40" rope, the tougher, the better, with at least a 3/4" diameter.
Balancing the first pallet will require a few ladders and some patience. Be careful during this step to follow all ladder safety instructions. Balance the first pallet on top of the ladders and securely knot the rope through each of the four corners.
Putting The Pieces Together
For the base, two saw horses can be used to balance the bottom before attaching it to the ropes. Test the base carefully to ensure the knots are tight enough before allowing others in the swing.
Hard Work Pays Off
Now it is time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor! See the entire project from start to finish here.
Swinging Through Life
Why spend money on an expensive tree swing when you can create your own with this fantastic weekend project? With some elbow grease and creativity, you can transform your yard into a relaxing spot the entire family can enjoy for years to come.