Introduction: Pallet End Table From Reused Wood

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This Instructable is for a neat looking little end table. The plus side about this end table is that it is made from reused lumber from a shipping pallet and I also reused the nails I pulled out of the pallet as well. So in the long run it would save a tree from potentially being cut down to replace the lumber that was bought to make the table, all just by reusing what you already have. 

Step 1: Gather Supplies/Disassemble the Pallet

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First thing is first find a pallet in decent shape and take it apart. There are many different ways to go about doing this, I'm sure a quick search here on instructables might pull up some ways. I just used a hammer and a small metal claw to get the slats pried up a little and then pulled them off. While doing this I tried to make sure that I didn't bend the nails too much so that I could reuse them as well.

Supplies 
  • Pallet
  • Hammer
  • claw/crobar
  • Circular saw
  • safety glasses
  • sand paper

Step 2: Build the Frame

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The first thing I began to build was the frame for the table top. (use the thicket pieces of wood for the frame and legs) You want to decide how long and wide you want your table top then cut four side pieces. I cut these pieces at 45º to make the table a little more appealing to the eye. After cutting the four sides I line them up to make sure it's going to be square and then nail them together with some of the nails pulled from the pallet. Next I took and ripped two pieces of wood with the saw to nail to the long sides of the frame to have something to nail the table top boards to. When putting these little pieces on leave enough space free in the corners for the legs to be able to be square on the inside of the frame.Nail these pieces down so that when you put your top on it will lay flush with the frame.( sorry about all of the sideways pictures)

Step 3: Tabletop and Legs

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Next you want to cut out your tabletop pieces from the slats that you got off of the pallet (the thinner ones). Now the way I made my tabletop I left an opening on each side of the top to be used for running outlet plugs and wires and such underneath the table and out of the way, it also gives a neat look to it. All you need to do is measure the width of your frame where you want to put your slats for your top and then cut you out a slat. I would recommend starting out by cutting your first top piece and checking to make sure it will fit and look like you want before cutting them all out. Unless you are a complete perfectionist you will end up with a few gaps here and there in your tabletop, but in my eyes it gives it a unique and nice look to it. After getting all your slats cut out and placed nail them down to the two parts that you hooked to the inside of the frame. 

Next decide how tall you are going to want your end table to be. Use the remaining thick pieces of wood from the pallet to make your legs. There is a chance depending on how large you make your frame and how tall you want it that you might need two pallets for this project. The more lumber you can reuse the better. Cut the legs to the desired length and go ahead and nail them into the corners of your frame. After  putting the legs on I added a little more support to them by cutting and nailing a piece from one leg to the one closest to it to try and stable them. 

Step 4: Sand It and Done

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After you get everything put together it would be good to go ahead and get some fine sandpaper and  sand the whole table down to get rid of all of the splinters and rough spots. If you wanted to you could also stain and/or clear your table. 

Thanks for checking this out and. All criticisms and comments are welcomed and wanted. Feel free to leave a comments below and let me know what you think. Remember next time you have a pallet don't just throw it out or burn it put it to good use. Reuse the lumber from the pallet over going to the store and buying lumber for your small projects, you could potentially save some  trees from being cut down. Thanks once again for checking this out . One last thing ....I am a beginner at all this wood working stuff, never claimed to be great or even good , But I do enjoy it.  

Comments

Desjen (author)2016-03-26

how do you get the corners to line up? I have a miter saw ans can't seem to get the 45 degree angle to line up. Is there a trick?

SirPhobos15 (author)Desjen2016-03-27

I set the miter and just double check with a speed square. Also most of the time I end up having to add some wood filler to the cracks to help out with the overall look. Just s long as you end up square when you put it all together you're alright

Desjen (author)SirPhobos152016-03-28

Thank you I used the wood filler and it worked.

mframe4 (author)2014-04-27

Nice job! At first I didn't like the spaces at the ends...But when you explained it, they grew on me!

SirPhobos15 (author)mframe42014-04-29

Thanks a bunch for taking the time to check this out and thanks for the kind words.

KingCabbage (author)2013-06-16

Can't wait to try this! I'm taking a pallet apart and as soon as I have all the pieces I'll start.

SirPhobos15 (author)KingCabbage2013-06-16

Thanks for checking this out and feel free post a picture if you get one done I would love to check it out.

naturalsam (author)2013-05-20

Very nice re-use of pallet wood and nails. Wonder if it will start to wobble over time as the nails get loose? I find myself using screws or nuts and bolts with things that take abuse like chairs and coffee tables.

SirPhobos15 (author)naturalsam2013-05-20

It may over time, it's not getting heavy use at the moment so it's ok. Screws and definitely bolts are best for making pieces such as this sturdy. Thanks for the view and the comments.

mortagaz (author)2013-05-19

What stain would you use to protect it outside for a few years?

SirPhobos15 (author)mortagaz2013-05-19

Whatever stain color you'd like, I think the clear coat you put on afterwards will be what really does the protecting of it from the weather. I have yet to stain this piece but if I do I will post an update to it. I usually use Cabot stains for when I do stain stuff though.Thanks for checking this out by the way.

mayala6 (author)2013-05-18

Very nice look. My wife and I are always looking for that old vintage look in our furniture. This is awesome!

SirPhobos15 (author)mayala62013-05-18

Thanks mayala6 this was actually one of my first tables I built. I also like the vintage look to it. Thanks again for checking this out and taking the time to comment.

upcycled.be (author)2013-04-24

Very nice. And good explanatory pics. I'll try it myself one day.

SirPhobos15 (author)upcycled.be2013-04-24

Thanks for checking it out. I really appreciate the comment. If you make one feel free to share , would love to see. Thanks again

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-04-22

Nice design! I like that there are like handles on the sides to move it around :)

Thank you Penolopy. I like the simplicity of it and Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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