These Guys Had Barrels and Wood Pallets, What They Did Will Amaze You

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Building a raft can be a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy.  With inexpensive materials, simple tools, and a quiet afternoon on a pond, you can turn a couple of old shipping pallets and some barrels into a float-able sailing device.

A group of friends wanted to go out on the water and have some ice cold drinks and some fun in the sun, but needed to stick to a budget.  They built their own pontoon raft using old wooden pallets and plastic barrels for buoyancy.  This isn’t a replacement for a real boat, but it’s still an awesome project with awesome friends that will leave you with awesome memories.

Let’s take a look at how these chaps managed this feat in only $808.

Dismantling the wooden pallets and arranging the 2×4’s in the rough shape of a raft.

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The pallets were used as the deck for the raft

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To give it support, crossbeams were added.

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Slowly it begins to resemble a raft.

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They used ratchet ties to tie the barrels to the pallets.

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They used decking boards to the middle deck.

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That proved to be a good idea.

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After a long day’s work….it’s time to test it out.

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They had to dismantle the raft in order to transport it to the lake.

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It wasn’t much trouble to put it back together again once they arrived at the lake.

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Gotta add the middle section too.

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Assembling it in its entirety wasn’t too time consuming.

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Almost done.

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Adding some personal touches and comfort.

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Million dollar question….Will it float?

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Pop open the champagne!!!!! Yes it does!

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Bon Voyage!! Smooth Sailing.

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Ahhhhh….floating on a cool lake in the summertime….Heaven.

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When summer’s over, disassemble it for easy storage.

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