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

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.

  • Pallet
  • Hammer
  • claw/crobar
  • Circular saw
  • safety glasses
  • sand paper
<p>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?</p>
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
Thank you I used the wood filler and it worked.
<p>Nice job! At first I didn't like the spaces at the ends...But when you explained it, they grew on me!</p>
<p>Thanks a bunch for taking the time to check this out and thanks for the kind words. </p>
Can't wait to try this! I'm taking a pallet apart and as soon as I have all the pieces I'll start.
Thanks for checking this out and feel free post a picture if you get one done I would love to check it out.
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.
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.
What stain would you use to protect it outside for a few years?
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.
Very nice look. My wife and I are always looking for that old vintage look in our furniture. This is awesome!
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.
Very nice. And good explanatory pics. I'll try it myself one day.
Thanks for checking it out. I really appreciate the comment. If you make one feel free to share , would love to see. Thanks again <br>
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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Bio: Well not much to know about me really. Name is Tait live in Alabama. I enjoy all sorts of hands on projects; Woodworking, electronics work ... More »
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