Create An Overlook With A Pallet Wood Walkway

Pallet Wood Walkway.

Emma DowneyByEmma Downey
Updated on 8/13/2022

On the farm, several different routes may be used to reach other parts of the property, such as the gardens, the coops, and the barns. Many of these walkways are located on the northern side of the buildings; thus, throughout the winter months, the shadow causes them to deteriorate into a hazardous and slick mess. After getting began the construction of our farm, we rapidly came to the conclusion that these pathways needed to be more than just dirt. They needed to be something that could be readily shoveled and maintained clean, as well as something that would not bring an excessive amount of mess into our house when we entered and exited. We also wanted them to have a pleasant appearance and contribute to the homey and rustic feel of our property. So an overlook with a pallet wood walkway is badly needed.

We tried using gravel, but it was too difficult to shovel and was too dirty. After that, we thought about using cement or cement pavers, but they were too expensive. In the end, we constructed a pathway out of wood pallets for our outside space. We didn't spend a lot of money on it, and even now, after five years, it's still doing an excellent job for us. It took very little time and effort to construct, is simple to clear snow from and maintain clean during the winter, and reduces the amount of muck that is dragged into the home on our shoes and boots.

Provisions And Utilities

Pallets are made of hardwood for use as decking and supports.

For supports, pressure-treated timber was used (optional)

  • Screws
  • Bricks or bordering material
  • Gravel and the use of Weed Fabric (optional)
  • A Sawzall with a very long blade made of metal
  • Circular saw
  • Power drill complete with both a drill bit and a driving bit

Hardwood Pallets

Pallet Wood Walkway.

Numerous individuals have some familiarity with pallet wood and the various locations that sell it. It is essential, however, that you select pallets constructed expressly of dense timber for this undertaking (oak, ash, poplar, etc.). If you use softwood pallets (pine, fir, etc.), then the pathway won't be able to stand up and won't endure as long as it would if you used hardwood. To differentiate between pallets made of hardwood and those made of softwood, look for heavier pallets that have a grain that is tight and solid. You are going to make use of every component of the pallets, including the primary slats as well as the bits that are located in between the slats, and keep them together.

Wood That Has Been Subjected To Pressure

If you live in a very wet climate, or if the walkway will be built through a very damp area, you may want to think about using pressure-treated lumber for the supports under the walkway so that they will last longer and won't rot. This will ensure that the supports remain in good condition for as long as possible. Because we live in a dry environment, utilizing the sections of the pallet to which the leading slats are fastened as our supports has not presented any difficulties for us.

Screws You will need to utilize screws with an all-weather finish that range from 1.5 to 2 inches in length in order to join your path together.

Bricks Or Edging, Whichever You Prefer

Pallet Wood Walkway.

You'll notice in the pictures that the edging bricks we utilized were made of red cement. When creating the pathway, having something to use as an edge makes the process move more quickly and easily and gives it a more polished aspect. You may give it a shot without the edging, but doing so will need you to be more attentive and intentional in order to ensure that the pathway edges match up with one another and stop where you want them to.

Gravel and the use of Weed Fabric. Depending on location in which you want to construct your walkway, you might want to lay weed cloth down below it to prevent grasses and weeds from trying to grow up in between your decking after you have constructed it. Under our walkway, we covered numerous different areas with weed cloth. If you are going to install the walkway in a particularly damp region, you should think about preparing the room by adding gravel for drainage, as was stated above, and utilizing pressure-treated timber for the supports, as was also discussed above.

Instructions For Constructing The Footpath

Pallet Wood Walkway.

Prepare The Surrounding Surroundings. 

To begin, you need to determine the precise location of your pathway as well as the width that you want it to be. For the bulk of your walkway, it is recommended that you do not make it any more comprehensive than the width of your pallets. Not only will this limit the amount of waste produced, but it will also lessen the amount of effort required.

Get the ground ready by making sure it is nice and level. You need to grade the land and get it prepared for gravel if you want there to be enough drainage there. If you are going to use weed cloth, you should start by laying it down and making sure that it extends beneath your border as well. Make sure the edging is securely in place where you want it along the route on both sides.

Disassemble Pallets.

There are a variety of approaches to dismantling pallets. Cutting the pallet up with a Sawzall will allow you to get the most length out of your slats and will result in fewer seams in your finished product. Use a metal cutting blade – longer is better. By inserting your knife between the slats and the inner wood of the pallet, you will be able to cut through the nails that are fastening the slats to the wood on the inside of the pallet. Keep all of the wooden parts since the supports under the walkway will be made from the inside components.

Make piles of the slats according to their widths so that in the event that you need to use more than one to cover the width of your pathway, you will have the slats lined up according to their widths.

Place The Support Beams.

The pieces of wood placed below the walkway provide support and raise it off the ground. They also offer a spot for you to attach the pallet slats that are used as the decking for the walkway. Arrange the supports such that they run parallel to the length of the route. It would help if you placed support anywhere from one to three inches away from each edge and as many more supports as are required to guarantee that there is no gap more significant than 12 inches between them. This will ensure that your decking wood is sustained and will provide a solid sensation as you walk across it.

Decking slats need to be cut and attached to the deck, and it is planned to join the pallet slats to be laid out in the opposite direction as the supports. To begin, position the slat you intend to use such that it spans the route. Make a mark with a pencil to indicate where the necessary cuts are to be done.

Slats That Have Been Indicated To Be Cut

Cut the slats to size using a circular saw according to your markings. Place the slat in their proper location, and check to see whether they fit and meet your expectations.

Because this pathway has a more rustic appearance, you don't have to worry as much about ensuring that everything is in excellent condition.

After you get it positioned where you want it, you should next use screws to attach it to the supports in two different spots on each support. In the event that you discover that the wood is cracking, you will need to pre-drill the holes before inserting the screws.

Proceed along the pathway in this manner, putting one piece in front of the other as you go. Take care to maintain the same angle between the slats and the borders of the walkway. If you discover that the entire pathway is beginning to lean slightly to one side as a result of discrepancies in the width of the slats, all you have to do is leave a little bit of a more significant gap as required to maintain them lined up how you prefer them to be.

How To Arrange Two Slats To Create A Significantly Wider Path

Pallet Wood Walkway.

The majority of our pathway had a width that was suitable for using one slat at a time. However, in spots where it changed direction, it became broader, and the length of a single slat was insufficient. If you need to utilize two slats to create your route, use slats that have widths that are pretty close to one another. Place the first slat in place, and then trim its end so that it will fit the edging.

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The First Component To Be Put Into Place

The next step is to fix it in position, after which you will draw a line to cut it when it is halfway across one of the supports.

The Initial Cut Of The Piece

After that, place the other piece on the other side, and trim it so that it fits the edging.

Putting The Second Component In Place

After it has been positioned, place the first piece of the puzzle that you cut over the top of it.

Using The Second Piece To Cut

Make a mark on the line at the point where the other piece finishes resting on top of it.

A Closer Look At The Cut Line

Cut the second board along that line, and then position both of them accordingly. They need to be appropriately aligned and have a close fit.

Putting The Final Touches On The Pallet Wood Walkway

It is time to apply the finish to the pathway once you have installed all of the deckings that you purchased. Make a decision as to whether the natural appearance of the wood appeals to you or whether you would want to sand it down. If you wish to sand it, you should use a square floor sander that is 12 inches by 18 inches and uses sandpaper that is 36 grit.

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Before applying the finish, the surface must be meticulously cleaned, regardless of whether or not it has been sanded. Additionally, check if the weather is favorable for completing. At least six hours must pass, during which time it must be warm, dry, and windless.

Use a finish that is oil-based, such as Penofin, Cabot, or another product of a similar kind. Because it will take at least 24 hours to dry completely, you should avoid walking on it until it has completely dried out.

You now have a lovely pathway constructed of pallet wood that will not only cost you very little money but will also last for a good number of years. We wanted them to have a nice look and add to our house's cozy and old-fashioned atmosphere. In addition, we wanted them to contribute. Therefore, there is a critical need for a lookout with a pallet wood pathway.