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

Step 1: Find Pallets

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.

Forgot to say I used bolts that had been spray painted black instead of dowels.
<p>Nice. The bolts are a cool touch.</p>
Made these for our new end tables. Thanks!
<p>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!</p>
<p>Nice job! BTW, there are a few low cost stain options available. Search for natural stain on instructables.</p>
It won't let me click on the PDF link :(
<p>It looks like the link was blown away. See if this works.</p>
<p>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).</p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>Thank you for the instructable.</p>
<p>I just finished building a deck in my courtyard and I made this out of the leftover boards</p>
<p>Looks nice. I really like the bolts.</p>
<p>Reused wood from bed foundation - with very limited resource and manual work (10&quot; 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. </p>
<p>Nice job. I like the thin strips of wood on top.</p>
what type of nails did you use?
<p>I think I used 1 1/4 inch finishing nails. I use a nail gun (1.5&quot; nails) for the planter box shown in the last step</p>
<p>love this!...where did you get the pins?...</p>
<p>Thanks. 3/4&quot; dowels - Home Depot or Lowes</p>
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
Yes, straight pallet wood is a challenge. <br><br>Good job. ​I like the color.
Thanks, mounted some rubber feet yesterday and is steady as a rock
<p>Good job!</p>
Steve Ramsey?
<p>Yes, very similar. The dimensions have been modified. I also wanted something to match the planters. </p>
What kind of stain did you use?
<p>Minwax Red Oak Stain and Minwax Outdoor Urethane. </p>

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