Introduction: Pallet End Table

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Below are directions for a simple end table made from pallets.

Step 1: Find Pallets

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Find free pallets from Craigslist. If not available, you can purchase them locally for very little money.

When searching through the pallet stack, look for the pallets with the most usable wood. The length of the slats is ~ 3 feet. The thickness varies from ½ to ¾ thick. The width of the slats can vary from 2.5 to 6 inches.

Step 2: Deconstruction

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Breaking the pallets apart takes a decent amount of work. Use a jig or circular saw to cut the ends. Pry the wood from the center support. This should give you 8 to 14 boards per pallet. Remove nails from slats.

Before you start cutting, determine the best pieces to get the desired width (see drawing). I had multiple long pieces with cracks and/or damage down one side. I was able to cut the damage off and still have usable pieces.

Step 3: Cut Pieces

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Cut pieces per drawings. After cutting, sand with course sandpaper to remove rough spots or major staining/paint…unless that is your desired look.

Step 4: Assemble Frames

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Assemble the two frames (nail & glue). Note how it is put together – should be a square

Step 5: Add Horizontal Slats

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Attach horizontal slats to frames (nail & glue).

Step 6: Leg Assemblies

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Nail and glue legs as shown.

Step 7: Ready for Final Assembly

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Step 8: Add Legs & Pins

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Attach the legs as shown (nail & glue). Drill holes for the pins. Insert and glue into place.

Step 9: Final Product

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Drawing File:

Step 10: See Matching Planter Boxes!

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If you liked this, see matching planter boxes.


AdamH145 (author)2016-11-24

Forgot to say I used bolts that had been spray painted black instead of dowels.

mtairymd (author)AdamH1452016-11-25

Nice. The bolts are a cool touch.

AdamH145 (author)2016-11-24

Made these for our new end tables. Thanks!

Shermtank28 (author)2016-11-02

Only wish I had some stain, but the goal was to make it for free. I didnt have a table saw for the cuts, so I had to rely on a jigsaw and a few planers, but I love it!

mtairymd (author)Shermtank282016-11-04

Nice job! BTW, there are a few low cost stain options available. Search for natural stain on instructables.

Miguel1126 (author)2016-09-25

It won't let me click on the PDF link :(

mtairymd made it! (author)Miguel11262016-09-26

It looks like the link was blown away. See if this works.

jimmybunny123 made it! (author)2016-07-26

I made this. Modified the design slightly to recess the table tops. Eliminated the pins. The table tops were painted hammered copper and the rest was stained a cedar color. Hard to see the differences. I thought the contrast would be greater. Coated the entire table in three coats of polyurethane. Added red led strip lights. The one thing with pallet wood is you have to be comfortable with things not being square (unless you use a planer/joiner).

mtairymd (author)jimmybunny1232016-07-26

Nice job. I wouldn't have thought of adding LEDs under the frame...pretty cool. Yes, you have to be willing to compromise when working with pallet wood.

jimmybunny123 (author)mtairymd2016-07-26

Thank you for the instructable.

Bel far made it! (author)2015-07-20

I just finished building a deck in my courtyard and I made this out of the leftover boards

mtairymd (author)Bel far2015-08-07

Looks nice. I really like the bolts.

PrasannaS made it! (author)2015-07-06

Reused wood from bed foundation - with very limited resource and manual work (10" Hacksaw, small Chisel, Hammer, measuring tape, screwdriver), manually sawed, sanded, caulked, primed and spray painted. There are some imperfections mostly due to impatience (first timer and limited tools) - but, generally happy with the result.

mtairymd (author)PrasannaS2015-07-07

Nice job. I like the thin strips of wood on top.

lonetraveler85 (author)2015-06-13

what type of nails did you use?

mtairymd (author)lonetraveler852015-06-13

I think I used 1 1/4 inch finishing nails. I use a nail gun (1.5" nails) for the planter box shown in the last step

blanka.krejci.3 (author)2015-02-19

love this!...where did you get the pins?...

mtairymd (author)blanka.krejci.32015-02-19

Thanks. 3/4" dowels - Home Depot or Lowes

Glenzito_46 (author)2014-08-27

Decided to use your idea as my first pallet project, worked fine, just found that finding straight boards is the biggest challenge, took me slightly longer and put my own spin on the dezign, thx for the info

mtairymd (author)Glenzito_462014-08-27

Yes, straight pallet wood is a challenge.

Good job. ​I like the color.

Glenzito_46 (author)mtairymd2014-08-28

Thanks, mounted some rubber feet yesterday and is steady as a rock

dpiccine (author)2014-06-04

Good job!

gunnerjake81 (author)2014-05-21

Steve Ramsey?

mtairymd (author)gunnerjake812014-05-24

Yes, very similar. The dimensions have been modified. I also wanted something to match the planters.

mjohn10 (author)2014-05-23

What kind of stain did you use?

mtairymd (author)mjohn102014-05-24

Minwax Red Oak Stain and Minwax Outdoor Urethane.

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