How I made this Rustic Pallet Rocker:
I cut the first pallet in half lengthwise. I cut one-half of that pallet into two pieces to form the seat. I dismantled all of the deck boards from the second pallet to use as the back. I wanted it to look like an Adirondack chair when I was done. I laid out the back pieces and braced them with two more deck boards, one at the top and one at the lower portion of the back. I carved out the shape along the top of the three boards forming the back of the chair.
I attached the assembled back to the seat using 3″ screws. I cut the landscaping ties in half and then made two more cuts to break them down into six pieces. I used four of those as supports for the rocker and two for the arm rests.
I made a stencil of a rocker foot we have at home on our deck. I traced the shape onto the 2×6 and cut them out. I sanded each rocker piece carefully to get the right curve. When I was satisfied, I attached them securely with more 3″ screws. I painted the entire piece a rustic brick/barn red in a gloss finish to protect it from the elements. I only sanded the piece lightly to make the piece comfortable but wanted to preserve that rustic look of the pallet boards and the ties.
The chair is comfortable, functional, and I think it looks terrific on our deck. This is a fun project, and if you’ve got some spare pallets and other scrap lumber, give it a try!