I made this Standard Pallet Adirondack Chair using a plan I found on the interweb. I adapted the design because the dimensions for the wood were all machined to fit. But, I only used two pallets and a bit of scrap 2″ by 4″, which I had already, to fit.
How I adapted an internet design to my own Standard Pallet Adirondack Chair:
I made all the cuts using a jigsaw, as I don’t have a rip saw or router. I finished the piece with a hand plane and an electric sander. Obviously, with pallet wood, there was a LOT of sanding! The look au naturel was quite dark, which is nice, but I was aiming for a beachy, sun-bleached, ocean-worn look. I made a wash from white acrylic paint using one part paint to 2 parts water and added a dark color to achieve a pastel shade. Then, I simply painted the wood with a brush and then wiped it off with a rag. This has the effect of lightening the color of the pallet wood, but still letting the natural beauty of the grain and defects to shine! I allowed it to dry for an hour then simply added a coat of clear varnish and the grain jumps out at me.