How to Build a Lemonade Stand From Shipping Pallet
Upcycle old crates and pallets to build an old-fashioned lemonade stand. Use it as a drink station at your next backyard party or set it up in the front yard and let the kids earn a few dollars.
Gather two to three wood shipping pallets from local retailers or salvage yards. It’s best to find at least one that’s completely intact to use as the base of the lemonade stand whereas the others will be cut up to create the structure.
Leave one pallet intact to use as the base. Use a crowbar to dismantle the wood slats and structural supports from the other pallets. Remove any rusty nails.
While the overall intended look of the lemonade stand is rustic, it’s best to smooth out the rough edges of the pallets.
Use an orbital sander to remove any splinters or rough edges from each strip of wood.
Stand the intact shipping pallet up along a flat, level floor surface. Create structural footers, one on each side of the upright standing pallet, by placing a discarded 5” or 6” wooden plank perpendicular to the pallet; fasten with a nail gun.
Create vertical posts for each side of the shipping pallet to hold up the lemonade-stand sign. Use a strip of wood at least 4 feet tall so that the sign will be 7 feet above the ground. Attach the posts using a nail gun.
Use a circular saw to cut a strip of scrap plywood for the countertop surface (ours is 48” x 16”). Place the plywood perpendicular to the top of the shipping pallet, then secure it into place with a nail gun.
Use tape measure to determine the span between the two vertical posts. Cut a scrap piece of plywood to that size. Hold up the cut plywood to make sure it fits properly.