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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.

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Step 1: Materials & Tools

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- Pallet preferably a weathered one (I used the big double pallet you see in the picture)

- Nails

- Screws


- Piece of triplex or some other piece of thin plywood. Approximately 4-6 mm thick.

- Satin finish wood stain (water based)


- Pry bar

- Hammer

- 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

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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

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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.

MichaelS77 made it!25 days ago
I made with same modifications. Tks for share.
bsmith192 made it!2 months ago
Worked out well. Missus added her own touch on the front. Cheers mate
stephansaggers made it!3 months ago
I made this for my girlfriend and she absolutely loved it! Thanks for the great idea
rubenrijst (author)  stephansaggers2 months ago
Nicely done! Thanks for the comment.
DannyBoy803 made it!3 months ago

My design varied greatly from yours towards the end, but the inside frame and method of construction is the same. I opted out of the drawer, and I used mostly pallet wood except for the top which I used cedar from another project to complete. Then I buttered the whole thing up with some boiled linseed oil to complete.

LunaDale1 year ago

a woman without a man is a person.

MartKnow LunaDale5 months ago

What is it with these dang Social Justice Warriors, fight a fight worth fighting, no this trivial bs, it's a figure of speech, Feminist bull junk tainting an innocent Instructable

He said, and I'm quoting here, "What's a man without a woman?". Not the other way around. Can we please not turn humor in a project into a feminist issue? Also, read what the man said next time.

Big thumbs up!

...and a man without a women? Wait for it...

a person?

Incredible. I am highly inspired by your DIY nightstand. Thanks friend.

bjones938 months ago
Done this a while ago! But in a maple stain finish. I'm on carpet so I made coaster feet so the draw could slide out. Also have a knocker pulley on the draw. Best part done with a hand saw (all cuts!)
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Jack0by10 months ago
I built it for my brother and he loves it! I have never thought it would be so easy to build. ☺
michaelgc10 months ago

Great looking night stand, we just got a bigger bed and now all of our night stands are too big for the room. I just love all of the pallet furniture on here...

Bernyk made it!11 months ago

i havent filed down the heart in the center and built the frame a bit differently from you as well but my lovely lady is very happy with it and i thank you for the inspiration!


maybe someday I will get to doing the things that I think my hands are meant to

bjones9311 months ago
Half way thru making this but my cuts are all thru handsaw, so a little time consuming plus getting a level unit too
kirchop231 year ago
Very well done. Agree with other comment about pocket holes.
tkotlarz1 year ago

Awesome job, I like the look of this, its simple and good looking. I need to figure out how to vote for this.

jkastelein1 year ago
Ik vind het een prachtig ontwerp!
thegrendel1 year ago

Creative and very nicely done.

billbillt1 year ago

double plus good...great job..

dpiccine1 year ago

Good job man!

Funny seeing that people missed the focus on the project and aimed to crucify you! hahaha....

3 things that cannot be brought back... thrown arrow, time lost and spoken word! :P

Keep rocking buddy!

Esque1 year ago

Great instructable, nice and clearly laid out. As for being offensive, I think a few people need to A) Stop taking life quite so seriously and B) Accept the fact that outher cultures in other countries have all sorts of saying and phrases that they might just not understand.

Eh Lie Us!1 year ago

I am absolutely DIGGING all of the pallet upcycle Instructables! Right on, people.

It's wonderful--I love how rustic it looks, and of course, the little heart! :)

rubenrijst (author) 1 year ago

Thanks for the great reactions

@ Tazmjm69 I knew about pocket holes but didn't use them so far. I will definitely use them in the future. Thanks for the advice.

emilkaram1 year ago

l love it

HollyMann1 year ago

wow this looks super nice - I love it!

shazni1 year ago

looks wonderful!

Tazmjm691 year ago
Turned out great! The next time you make one of these (or any wood project) you may want to check into pocket holes, it would solve the screw length issue easily. If you're not familiar with pocket holes, Google it. Once you start using them, you'll never use anything else! Great project though!
Blarkey1 year ago

excellent instructable loved it.!