Paracord Pallet Chair Making

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    If you like spending time outdoors in your yard, be it during cookouts, watching the kids play, reading a book, or just relaxing by a fire pit, at some point you are going to want to have a seat. Traditional patio furniture will serve this purpose but can get extravagant and expensive. However, if you are a minimalist, in terms of both your taste in furniture as well as the amount of money with which you are willing to part, there is a paracord solution available for you. By building a pallet chair with paracord, you can give yourself the gift of a unique chair for very little cost.

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    To build a pallet chair, you are going to need a pallet or possibly two depending on how many boards the pallet contains that are usable and the length you would like your chair to be. Select the best pallet(s), conditionally speaking, that you are able to find. Ideally you will be able to find one with solid boards that are damaged minimally if at all. Bring your pallet home and whip out your Sawzall to begin the process of removing the boards from the pallet frame. This tool can be used to cut through the nails holding the pallet together. If you do not have a Sawzall and do not wish to purchase one (they can get pricey), you can pry the boards off with a claw hammer but this will require more time, effort, and care not to break boards. Regardless of method, be sure to remove nails and place them in a safe location as you go; they are unnecessary in the remainder of your chair project and you don't want to find them in your feet!

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    After your boards have been removed, it is time to determine the width you would like your chair to be. For example, if you want your chair for children versus adults, the width requirement could be different. Decide what will work for you and saw off any excess wood you do not wish to incorporate into your chair. Once this is done, it is time to mark and drill holes through which your paracord will be threaded. Keep in mind that you want to keep your boards fairly well bonded together so gaps are not present to pinch skin. A good rule of thumb is to start your holes a couple inches from the edges and keep them a couple inches apart. They are best done in an "X" pattern with holes on the points of the "X"; the top two should be in one board and the bottom two in the next for even weight distribution. Since we all have varying tools at our disposal, compare your drill bits to the paracord you intend to use and make a comparable selection. You want your cord to slide easily through the hole so it will take less time and effort on your part to string your chair.

    Once your boards are cut down to size and holes are drilled, a good sanding is in order. Pallet boards are often coarse and you do not want to get splinters as you get in and out of them. Sandpaper between 80- to 120-grit will get the job done. Whether or not to stain and seal the wood is at your discretion based on the finished look you wish your chair to have. If you choose to do this, however, be careful to preserve the holes you just drilled instead of clogging them.

    Lacing your holes is the next step. Place two boards together, side by side with holes aligned. Ignoring the end holes for now, start at the first "X" and weave your cord in and out from left to right until you reach the opposite end of the board. Again ignore the end holes and turn around, looping back and closing each "X" until you finish your last one. Tie the cord off at the end of your completed section; the reason for this is should anything ever cut through that paracord, only part of the chair will need repair as opposed to the entire thing. Continue this process until all your boards are joined, taking care to keep the unsightly tied off sections on the underside of the chair; if they are hidden, they cannot make anyone uncomfortable sitting in the chair.

    It is now time to wrap up your chair by tending to those end holes you previously ignored. Starting at the top of the chair, leave a length of pararcord adequate enough to hang and tie your chair in your desired location. Begin to weave the paracord through the end holes by going in one and out the next. When you have completed one side, again leave an adequate length of paracord from which to suspend the lower section of the chair. Repeat this process on the other edge of the chair and you're done!

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    With your completed chair in tow, simply scout out a good location for hanging and tie your chair securely in that place. This unique project will add an extra personal touch to your yard and give you hours of enjoyment at the same time. It is also cheap to make, so go ahead and make several! Vary it up with different colors so everyone can have their own paracord chair with a custom flair and take advantage of yet another awesome use for paracord.

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