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)

- 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

Great plans--they got me on track for my first piece of furniture. Mostly pallet lumber, but I used old tongue and groove cypress from a friend's camp that was destroyed in the 2016 flood of Louisiana for the sides. Finished tonight in time to suprise the fiancée tomorrow dor Valentine's Day.
Thanks for tout great instructable :). For sure my girlfriend will love it
I'm gonna give this a go. Well done looks good
this is awesome, great job :)
<p>Like the bedside nightstand I will have to make 2.</p>
Very easy 1st project, thanks for the plans.
Worked out well. Missus added her own touch on the front. Cheers mate
<p>That looks really nice! Good job!</p>
<p>I think that was a waste of such a big pallet, it would of made a really nice table, but I love the nightstand anyway ill definitely be making this.</p>
I made with same modifications. Tks for share.
I made this for my girlfriend and she absolutely loved it! Thanks for the great idea
Nicely done! Thanks for the comment.
<p>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.</p>
<p>a woman without a man is a person. </p>
<p>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 </p>
<p>He said, and I'm quoting here, &quot;What's a man without a woman?&quot;. 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.</p>
<p>Big thumbs up! </p><p>...and a man without a women? Wait for it... </p><p>a person? </p>
<p>Incredible. I am highly inspired by your DIY nightstand. Thanks friend.</p>
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!)
I built it for my brother and he loves it! I have never thought it would be so easy to build. ☺
<p>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...</p>
<p>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! </p>
<p>maybe someday I will get to doing the things that I think my hands are meant to</p>
Half way thru making this but my cuts are all thru handsaw, so a little time consuming plus getting a level unit too
Very well done. Agree with other comment about pocket holes. <br>
<p>Awesome job, I like the look of this, its simple and good looking. I need to figure out how to vote for this. </p>
Ik vind het een prachtig ontwerp!
<p>Creative and very nicely done.</p>
<p>double plus good...great job..</p>
<p>Good job man! </p><p>Funny seeing that people missed the focus on the project and aimed to crucify you! hahaha.... </p><p>3 things that cannot be brought back... thrown arrow, time lost and spoken word! :P</p><p>Keep rocking buddy!</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>I am absolutely DIGGING all of the pallet upcycle Instructables! Right on, people. </p>
<p>It's wonderful--I love how rustic it looks, and of course, the little heart! :)</p>
<p>Thanks for the great reactions</p><p>@ 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.</p>
<p>l love it</p>
<p>wow this looks super nice - I love it!</p>
<p>looks wonderful!</p>
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!
<p>excellent instructable loved it.!<br></p>

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