Do you want to know how a pallet can be turned into a coffee table with a map of Westeros on top of it? Well, then your in luck!
- Set Square
- Map of Westeros in desired size (or some other pattern)
- Wood burner(? Do unfortunately not know the English word for it...)
Step 1: A Detailed Video, Just for You! :)
Here is a instruction video I made for this project. All steps are shown here including the final result! :)
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Step 2: Break It Apart!
Break the pallet apart. Try to remove all planks and wood pieces as carefully as possible. This will leave you with a bunch of material to build your table! And as a bonus, if the pallet is older or slightly more used your table will look naturally old :)
Step 3: Measure, Cut and Attach
Lay as many planks you think is required for the tracing picture you are going to burn into the table top. For mine it required four.
We do now need to attach these planks to each other. To do this I used some broken pieces from the pallet. I also wanted a border around the bottom side of the table top. There for I left some extra room while cutting the horizontal pieces. (see picture)
Then screw all four table top planks to both horizontal scrap pieces.
When this is done it is once one more time to place the tracing picture on top of the table top. This time center the tracing picture both horizontal and vertical so you are able to cut of the excess length of the four planks.
Step 4: Attach the Border and Legs
I used some of the large wood cubes from the pallet, cut them in half and then used these to attach the border planks. Place them so you evenly can spread the border. Try the placement out by holing some planks to act as the border. Make sure the planks is following the tabletop edges. When you are pleased screw theses into the table top.
To make the border it self I measured the thickness of the plank, then from the outside of both wooden cubes (thous I am going to attach them on), then to that length I added the thickness of the plank x2.
I cut the planks with a 45* cut, but that is optional regarding to your tools and taste! But if you want to make this kind of border you need to cut both ends of the border plank. Make sure your planks end up as a cone, the cuts shall be in different directions.
Then screw the planks to the wooden cubes.
I then simply attached some wooden planks as legs to the border.
Step 5: From Pencil to Burner
It is now time to make the art work on top of the table top. Place the tracing picture on top of the table top, centered. Use some tape to hold it in place. Trace the important lines of the picture by using the pencil. Press hard sins you want to make a mark in the wood.
After all important lines is marked it is now time to trace it once more with the wood burner.
Step 6: Details
Once all the guidelines is burned you can start adding the details you want to your map. Names, mountains, lakes, roads... it is up you you what you want! :)
Sins I used a butane driven wood burner I made a shaded burn mark from the lines towards the mainland. This gives the effect of that the lands raises from the sea. I then kept adding details that I wanted to make it personal.
And there we are! A finished coffee table from only one pallet.
Thanks for reading, if you have not, please take a look at the video in step two. It helps me a lot! :)
Take care and happy crafting!