How to Make a Bunch of Chairs From a Pallet

How to Make a Bunch of Chairs From a Pallet

Tuesday October 17, 2017 Written by suzi

Wooden pallets. They’re everywhere. Flung onto nature strips, sitting all soggy and forgotten-about next to dumpsters and behind supermarkets. Now, thanks to Berlin designers Yanik Balzer and Max Kuwertz, the humble old pallet has a new lease on life and they have generously shared with Smith Journal their steps for how to transform a wooden pallet into three weight-bearing, full-sized chairs. Inspired by DIY culture, Kuwertz describes them as a study in “material and efficiency”. We think they’re uber-cool and if you end up making a set yourself, share a photo of your handiwork on our Facebook page.

Tools

saw, nails, sandpaper, screwdriver/drill

Method

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1. Take the palette.

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2. Disassemble into boards.

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3. Cut as per picture.

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4. Group the parts, as above, for each chair and build.

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5. Repeat another two times, sand back to avoid splinters, then invite no more than two friends over to sit together on your new chairs, share a large bottle of beer, and toast “Prost” to the ingenuity of Yanik Balzer and Max Kuwertz.

You can see more of their innovative work here and check out the furniture – made of watering cans, garden spades and axes – that won them an international Core 77 Design award.

Images via Max Kuwertz