You should be able to enjoy your yard day or night. Lighting can be easily overlooked when planning your backyard space, but it is essential in landscape design.
Backyard Oasis: DIY Lights from Recycled Pallet
By Chris Lambton
- Ideal for big framing jobs and pounding large nails into tough lumber with power and speed
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- Length: 16"
- Weight: 28 oz.
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- IsoCore™ 28 oz Framing Hammer (16")
Great for driving nail after nail on big framing jobs, this framing hammer features our patented IsoCore™ Shock Control System to reduce shock and vibration by 4X.
Start with a used pallet. They can usually be obtained for free from a local store. The wood already has a reclaimed look to it so it is great to use in rustic projects.
1. The first step is to pull the pallet apart. The IsoCore 20 oz General Use Hammer will assist you in this step. It has a rip claw that will allow you to pull out the nails quickly and easily while its soft grip handle has a sculpted profile to fit the shape of your hand. This means you will get a good grip on a nail and the hammer won’t slip out of your hand.
2. Cut the boards into the size you want your finished light box to be. You will need four 2" x 4" pieces to construct the base, and the number of 1/2" x 4" pieces needed to form the face of the box will depend on the height you cut the 2" x 4" pieces to.
2. Start by attaching a 1/2" x 4" wood piece to two of the 2" x 4"s. Continue adding the thinner pieces to the 2" x 4"s until you have faced a whole side. Repeat on the remaining 2" x 4" pieces to build a second side. Once you have built two sides, attach them to each other by nailing the 1/2" x 4" boards to each side. Repeat on the remaining side to finish the base.
Be sure to leave room between the wood slats to allow light through. Since we are going with a reclaimed look, I am not worried if some boards have knots or are different widths. The hammer is great for nailing the boards together. It has a magnetic nail-starter groove that allows you to start a nail while keeping one hand free to hold the boards in place. This allows for more exact workmanship in building.
3. Once the sides are assembled, attach the remaining 1/2" x 4" pieces across the top.
4. Flip the box over and screw hooks into the inside of the top. Place one in each corner to hold the string lights in place.
5. Finish by attaching your string lights to the hooks. Battery operated lights are recommended as they don't require access to an outlet.
Now you have created a pallet light piece to finish off your backyard oasis. With the light piece in place you can use this area day or night. All that’s left is to sit back and enjoy your new space.