What's a pen without ink?
What's a man without a woman?
What's a party without the booze?
But most importantly.....
What is a bed without a pallet nightstand?!
Three months ago a big ol' pallet found its way to me. My girlfriend had always wanted a unique nightstand so I decided to make one for her.
Oh... If you like this instructable please vote for me in the pallet contest.
Step 1: Materials & Tools
- Pallet preferably a weathered one (I used the big double pallet you see in the picture)
- Piece of triplex or some other piece of thin plywood. Approximately 4-6 mm thick.
- Satin finish wood stain (water based)
- Pry bar
- Circular saw
- Belt Sander
- Hole saw
- Jig saw
Step 2: Breaking the pallets apart
Start by breaking the pallet apart. Use a prybar and a hammer to remove the slats. You can also use a chisel to loosen the slat before you use a prybar, doing this won´t damage the wood as much.
Step 3: Cut frame pieces
Let´s build the frame!
The frame consist of 10 (3x2 & 4x1) boards held together by 2 ´rectangles`.
- Cut the 10 boards at 52cm using your circular saw (or any desired length).
- Select which sets of board you want to use for the sides and which ones for the back.
- Put the sets of boards next to each other and measure the total width. This is the measurement you want to use for your rectangles.
- The rectangles consist of 4 pieces of beams each. It's really important to cut the beams at exactly the right size.
Step 4: Assembling the rectangles
When you're done cutting the pieces you can assemble the rectangles. The rectangles will be out of sight once the nightstand is finished. A pretty connection isn't that important.
The pieces of beams are 70mm thick and I didn't have screws that long. I drilled a 12mm hole half way up the beam so the screws would be long enough.
Be sure to make the rectangles squared and both exactly the same. I clamped the pieces down on top of each other while screwing to be sure I made them exactly the same.