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Coffee table for free

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In this instructable i will try to explain step by step how i have made that coffee from scrap wood and a pallet.

To achieve that you will need :

Tools :

a hand saw (japanese saws are the best in my opinion)
wood white glue
screws
screwdriver
nails
a hammer
clamps
sanding paper or powerfull sanding tools



material :

wood filler
a pallet
various pieces of wood
size of the pieces actually depend of the pallet you will have. There's so many differents i can't say you will find the same as mine. But it to show you the principle.
 
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Step 1: The main frame first

Let's start.
You want to make sure your pallet is ready before doing any drawers. So take your pallet, if it's wet, let it dry at home for a days or two in order to dry the wood. This will save you some precious time because if you don't dry it, as you will fill the holes, sand and clean, once dryied, cracks will appear.

So make it smooth, make it soft.

After a first general sanding, blow the dust out of it, and use wood filler. Fill all your holes and cracks, make some reparations if there are missing parts on your pallet, depending on the size. Let dry for a day and sand your pallet one more time.

It should be ready for the next part, drawers !
jaysum02511 months ago
Please be wary of pallets that have been used for chemical transportation. Nobody wants to inhale any particles of nastiness whilst sawing or sanding. Even if you seal them in with a varnish, it's still toxic.
stico (author)  jaysum02511 months ago
Thanks for the advice ! I got these one from a restaurant so i guess it's pretty safe, but nice comment for the others !
Cheers
Ramming stico8 months ago
I agree with Jaysum025, pallets may have been used for chemical transportation. Pallets used for garden supplies may seem safe, however if we are talking about EPAL/EUR pallets, no one will know what they have been used for since the pallets circulate for multi-purpose use. When i worked as a abattoir-worker at Danish Crown we some time had to return EUR pallets that was contaminated with paint and oil-residues. Even innocuous looking pallets may contain harmful compounds.
What if you use a shellac? I got mine from a garden supply store and they seem pretty clean but at the same time I'd rather not run that risk...
sprtavo9 months ago
If I learn how to make one table like this, and I dont want it anymore, ¿can I sell it?
stico (author)  sprtavo9 months ago
one would be fine, but don't start a business out of my design please ;)
johnthebarber11 months ago
Fantastic piece of work, very inspiring. Just so happens I know a bloke who fixes pallets, definately be having a go at one of these
stico (author)  johnthebarber11 months ago
thanks a lot ! feel free to share the result !
woodNfish11 months ago
This is definitely the nicest coffee table I have seen on instructables that is made from a pallet. Did you know that many pallets are made from hard wood like oak and maple? You can make some nice things from materials like that.

That said I think you are being a bit sly about the tools it takes to make your table. You obviously have a jointer and probably a thickness planer because there is no way you sanded the drawer front boards by hand to get the tight fitting surfaces and smooth fronts you ended up with. I think you have a complete shop or access to one. And that's fine - I have one too, and I read these instructables to get ideas. But don't lead on the people who don't have access to those resources.

Anyway, if you mange to get some of those hardwood pallets, I will be very interested in what you do with them.
stico (author)  woodNfish11 months ago
actualy you're right. I'm studying woodworking since auguste so i've access to some pretty good machinery
stico (author)  stico11 months ago
but as i said you can use rought bords to achieve this project.but thanks a lot for the nice comment !
arbelaez2k311 months ago
I notice you have a book on joinery on the table. What's the title of the book?
stico (author)  arbelaez2k311 months ago
i only know the title in french but it's :
"Traité d'ébénisterie" by Lucien Chanson. A masterpiece.
lesizz11 months ago
Makes me want to go make one for myself.
Where do you get pallets?
stico (author)  lesizz11 months ago
from the streets, trash, or you can even buy one but it won't feet the purpose of ''free coffee table'' ;)
Arghus11 months ago
nice work
spark master11 months ago
wrth
marciot11 months ago
Great table, and outstanding photography! What's the little orb light on the right side of the table? It looks cool :)
stico (author)  marciot11 months ago
Thank you a lot ! Actually the little orb is just a regular candle on a tiny glass. Long exposure photography made it glow even more
agis6811 months ago
oustandind job excellent result. Thanks for sharing!
stico (author)  agis6811 months ago
You're welcome !
liobail11 months ago
beau boulot !
stico (author)  liobail11 months ago
hehe merci beaucoup ca fait bigrement plaisir ;)
vicnur11 months ago
Good! Very good!
stico (author)  vicnur11 months ago
haha thank you !
Shoyun11 months ago
Very nice result !
stico (author)  Shoyun11 months ago
thanks !
StoryAddict12 months ago
Wow. I am very impressed and I love how cozy and classy your setup looks.
stico (author)  StoryAddict12 months ago
many thanks !
dana-dxb12 months ago
this is so pretty really nice and elegant and ur explanation is easy and so detailed thanx a bunch for the share my vote is for u
stico (author)  dana-dxb12 months ago
Thank you ! Glad you liked it !
dana-dxb stico12 months ago
ur welcom ?
maybolicious12 months ago
As " The Big Lebowski" would say: It ties the room together :)
Very well executed!
stico (author)  maybolicious12 months ago
thank you dude ;)
sweetousia12 months ago
This piece is gorgeous!! You really did an outstanding job.
stico (author)  sweetousia12 months ago
Thanks you !! Try to do even better, and let me see the result ;)
audreyobscura12 months ago
This came out really nicely, thank you so much for sharing this here.
stico (author)  audreyobscura12 months ago
you're very welcome ;) Thanks for the nice comment !
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