Whatever I'm working on at the moment, or pisses me off. Sometimes the same thing.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Ultimate Pallet Swing
I started with some raw pallets, and dismantled two. I used two of the the strong side supports to screw two pallets together so I had one super-long frame.
I cut the other two side supports in half and made the braces for the headboard....
.. and the side board. At this point the frame was about 9 feet long and incredibly heavy, so I cut off half of the pallet at the foot of the project, making it 6 feet long.
A small block of wood under the cup holder keeps too-small cups from falling through.
Sanded forever, by hand and with the boys' help. Paint-washed it green with a mixture of acrylic paint and water.
Used eye-bolts on the head of the frame so the rope would clear the side rail. Tied the ropes directly to the frame at the foot. My wife volunteered to model it in use for the first time. We'll make a cushion for it once the fabric store gets restocked after remodeling in April...
The rope was the most expensive part, at $1.36 per foot, and I needed about 11 feet per corner. It took almost two feet of rope to make a solid knot.. who knew!
Total cost: about $21.00
Total cost: about $21.00 priceless
The kids fought over it this past weekend, and did more reading in one day than they'd done in the previous month!