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Pallet Computer Desk

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I got the idea for this computer desk from seeing a couple other pallet related projects on instructables. We needed a desk for our house and I wanted one that would fit snug were an old closet used to be. So I created this using nothing but the wood from 5 whole pallets and a box of assorted wood screws. 
I'd say the only difficulty I had with it was taking the pallets apart and saving the boards from splitting as best I could.
After that I sent each one through my planer to clean them up a little. I wasn't too worried if the wood split from being screwed together, it added to the "old pallet" look I was trying to preserve. The table top, back board, and two side legs are completely seperate the whole unit is just placed together. Very easy to take apart and move by myself. It has two drawers, two cubby holes and some shelf storage on top. I had a few pieces left over so I also quickly put together a decent little mousepad.
I think it turned out pretty good. It still looks like just a bunch of pallets screwed together but its very sturdy and functional. Plus it looks "rustic" enough that my girlfriend let me keep it in the house! haha
I will post another instructable for the small side table in the picture as well.
jryan275 months ago
How much money did that take to make?
kdoug3799 months ago
This is simply amazing. You're truly talented.
muddog1511 months ago
Can you post some step-by-step instructions?
rcaldwell1 year ago
I have a spare room that I am trying to convert to a guest room/study room. I've been struggling trying to find something unique that looks good and fits within my budget. I'm so glad you posted this. By the way, it looks great. And because of you, my husband and I have decided to make this our sepcial project. We're going to try to design the furnish the entire room (desk, bed, book shelves and seats) using pallets. Great work.
daveofwar (author)  rcaldwell1 year ago
Thanks for that! I'm glad i could help give a couple ideas with my project. Hope you're room turns out fantastic and have lots of fun in the process!
JohnsonJ2 years ago
Its always amazing to me just what can be done with pallets, incredible work.
daveofwar (author)  JohnsonJ2 years ago
Yeah me too. Thanks for the comment.
brizdog2 years ago
That is a great looking desk and I admire your craftsmanship.

I have a question for you, relating to the table top portion: Was there a reason why you did not run the slats from front to back? I think that the top would appear to be one uniform section if done this way. Please do not take this as a criticism, because I do like how yours turned out.

Thanks for posting your project.
daveofwar (author)  brizdog2 years ago
Thats a nice idea, to be honest I never thought of that haha. No worries, I don't mind a little critizism. I learn as I go so any tips or advice is just fine by me.

I also really didnt think that I would be allowed to keep it in the house haha so thats why it looks a little rougher than probably could have done. Thankfully my girlfriend loved it haha.
mayney932 years ago
Where is a good supply of pallets? In the Uk btw, this design is brilliant
daveofwar (author)  mayney932 years ago
Well in canada we just find them behind businesses and large stores after they are done with them. Here they usually get left out for the garbage trucks or anybody that wants them. Its also a good idea to ask the owner of the shop before you go taking anything, even if it is trash haha. Not sure where you can find them in the UK though sorry.
vincent75202 years ago
very nice…
hope your work is better rewarded after that !!!…
sway2 years ago
After researching desks for the past few months, this is definitely my favorite.
great job
daveofwar (author)  sway2 years ago
Thanks sway!
Machine2 years ago
That's really good woodwork and imaginative use of available wood. It looks superb. And the wood has 'traveled' too, it's been around they city/country/world.

Thanks for showing us.
daveofwar (author)  Machine2 years ago
Thanks, I'm glad you like it. I also think it looks 'traveled' and rustic too. I also like the contrast of having all that technology (laptop, printer) on top of a bunch of old pallets.
wildviolets2 years ago
man this is soooo cool. I have been thinking about doing a wall from pallets.....this is really neat, you got my vote...
daveofwar (author)  wildviolets2 years ago
thank you very much wildviolets. that means a lot to me im glad that you like it.
scoochmaroo2 years ago
This looks great!
daveofwar (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
thanks scoochmaroo!
foobear2 years ago
the end result is really cool!
daveofwar (author)  foobear2 years ago
Thanks raisedbyrobots!
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