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Picture of Pallet Fireplace

Our new home doesn't have a fireplace, and my wife was sad at not having a proper place to hang our stockings for Christmas. With some scrap lumber and pallets at my disposal, I decided to make her a fake fireplace we could bring out at Christmas time.

I won't go into steps to break down the pallets, since you can find other Instructables on this, and will assume you have already completed this step.

Tools Used:

  • Miter saw
  • Brad nailer
  • Angle grinder w/ 50 grit pad
  • Drill
  • Impact gun
  • Wood clamps
  • Level
  • Speed square
  • Tape measure and pencil
  • 1/4" art paint brush
  • 1" paint brush
  • 2" paint brush

Materials Used:

  • Approx. 18 pallet deck boards (mine were approx 3.5" wide)
  • Four running boards (the thicker pieces) from your pallets
  • Approx. 14' of 2x4 lumber
  • Half an oak log (lengthwise) approx. 12" long
  • Acrylic paint: Red, Orange, Black, White
  • Pine colored wood filler
  • Brad nails (5/8")
  • Finish nails (2.5")
  • Wood screws (2.5")
  • Wood screws (1.75")
  • Wood glue
  • Shellac, clear

Step 1: Build Your Frame

Picture of Build Your Frame
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For this you will use your 2x4s and the running board pieces you saved from your pallets.

The frame will determine the size of the fireplace. Be sure to account for the thickness of the pallets when deciding on your dimensions. If you are will be placing your finished piece in a tight location, you want to be sure it will fit.

My frame measured 32" by 32".

First, build the square section of the frame with your 2x4s, using 2.5" wood screws to connect each piece. Since I used some scrap pieces, I cute an extra pieces with 45 degree angles to keep my frame square.

Once you have the square, attach another 2x4 at the base. This not only adds stability, but gives you a little ledge, as a normal fireplace would have. I attached this piece by pre-drilling pocket holes and screwing into place with wood screws.

Using one of your running board pieces, attach it to the front along the top. This will give you a thicker mantle.

Now you need a way to attach the deck boards that will sit on the front of your fireplace. Using the second running board piece, attach it inside the square frame, along the top, but below the running board piece you just attached to the mantle.

NOTE: Before continuing you need to decide how wide of an opening you want for the fireplace.

Using the third running board, cut pieces of the appropriate size to sit inside and at the bottom of the square frame. These will be for attaching the running boards on the front of the fireplace.