Picture of Coffee table for free
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
a hammer
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

Picture of 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 !
jaysum0251 year 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)  jaysum0251 year 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 !
Ramming stico1 year 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...
sprtavo1 year ago
If I learn how to make one table like this, and I dont want it anymore, ¿can I sell it?
stico (author)  sprtavo1 year ago
one would be fine, but don't start a business out of my design please ;)
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)  johnthebarber1 year ago
thanks a lot ! feel free to share the result !
woodNfish1 year 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)  woodNfish1 year ago
actualy you're right. I'm studying woodworking since auguste so i've access to some pretty good machinery
stico (author)  stico1 year ago
but as i said you can use rought bords to achieve this project.but thanks a lot for the nice comment !
I notice you have a book on joinery on the table. What's the title of the book?
stico (author)  arbelaez2k31 year ago
i only know the title in french but it's :
"Traité d'ébénisterie" by Lucien Chanson. A masterpiece.
LesB1 year ago
Makes me want to go make one for myself.
Where do you get pallets?
stico (author)  LesB1 year ago
from the streets, trash, or you can even buy one but it won't feet the purpose of ''free coffee table'' ;)
Arghus1 year ago
nice work
marciot1 year ago
Great table, and outstanding photography! What's the little orb light on the right side of the table? It looks cool :)
stico (author)  marciot1 year 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
agis681 year ago
oustandind job excellent result. Thanks for sharing!
stico (author)  agis681 year ago
You're welcome !
liobail1 year ago
beau boulot !
stico (author)  liobail1 year ago
hehe merci beaucoup ca fait bigrement plaisir ;)
vicnur1 year ago
Good! Very good!
stico (author)  vicnur1 year ago
haha thank you !
Shoyun1 year ago
Very nice result !
stico (author)  Shoyun1 year ago
thanks !
Wow. I am very impressed and I love how cozy and classy your setup looks.
stico (author)  StoryAddict1 year ago
many thanks !
dana-dxb1 year 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-dxb1 year ago
Thank you ! Glad you liked it !
dana-dxb stico1 year ago
ur welcom ?
As " The Big Lebowski" would say: It ties the room together :)
Very well executed!
stico (author)  maybolicious1 year ago
thank you dude ;)
sweetousia1 year ago
This piece is gorgeous!! You really did an outstanding job.
stico (author)  sweetousia1 year ago
Thanks you !! Try to do even better, and let me see the result ;)
This came out really nicely, thank you so much for sharing this here.
stico (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago
you're very welcome ;) Thanks for the nice comment !