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Pallet Wood TV Console Table

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Problem: We recently remodeled our basement and got our first real TV which was wall-mounted. However, we did not have a way to hide cords and hold our cable box and DVD player (actually it's an old Sony Playstation 3 given to me by my brother to use as a Blueray player).


Parameters: I'm a graduate student with a family and need to conserve money. Secondly, I'm cheap anyhow. Thirdly, I really enjoy recycling and upcycling as well as the design aesthetic of using reclaimed wood. Finally, my motto is "Why buy it when you can make it?".

Solution: Build a reclaimed/pallet wood TV console. I went for a rustic, artistic looking pallet bench that turned out almost exactly like I wanted it. I hope that you enjoy my project and please let me know how your making goes!

 
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Step 1: Inspiration

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I found my initial inspiration for this work when surfing the internet for pallet tables that had been built by other makers. I found this desk on a blog by Piksl Design. I was blown away by the awesomeness of the design. I knew I wanted to make something like it for our basement. I knew that I didn't have the time, equipment, or expertise to make one exactly this nice but decided to give it a shot. I also went for a slightly less "finished" look for my table to give it what my daughter refers to as a "rustic look". I sourced my boards so that they not exactly the same lengths and didn't have a perfectly flat top. However, the effect was exactly what I was going for!

After I had started this project, Instructable maker Stephhicks made this wonderful pallet table as well which I didn't take inspiration from but really like a lot!

BrockGrimes18 days ago

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Great looking table I like it!

BrockGrimes18 days ago

"Either way, you need to seriously clean them up before you get anywhere near the inside of your house. If you can find pallets with a "HT" (heat treated) stamp on them that means they're free of bugs, but it also means the wood may have been treated with chemicals (which also means it's not great for firewood either). All modern pallets require a logo that says how it was treated, if there's no logo, don't bother with it.

Here are a few a few things to keep in mind when you're looking for a wood pallet:


  • Most pallets are reused throughout the industry and usually stay within an industry. That means you don't want pallets from a pesticide or chemical processing company because they're probably drenched in chemicals.
  • The nicest pallets seem to come from dry goods industries. They're usually shipping a lightweight, dry product, so there's no spillage or stains to worry about."

"To be sure how a pallet was treated, look for the IPPC stamp on the side of the wood. Pallets marked with an “HT” were heated-treated and did not come into contact with chemicals during the treating process. Avoid unmarked pallets or those stamped with an “MB” for methyl bromide."

doodlecraft2 months ago

Really awesome and a spectacular finish! great job! :)

Bannockburn (author)  doodlecraft2 months ago

Thank you Doodlecraft! This means a lot coming from you concerning the great quality of your ibles.

Wooo! Congrats on your win! I knew this project was awesome! :)

Bannockburn (author)  doodlecraft1 month ago
Thanks so much for the support DC!
craftclarity2 months ago

Lovely table and nicely written 'ible. Thanks for sharing this!

LukeTheJoker2 months ago

Very cool table nicely done!

Luke.

Bannockburn (author)  LukeTheJoker2 months ago

Thanks Luke!

obi wan kaoni2 months ago

this guy deserves a medal it looks awesome and well writen

Bannockburn (author)  obi wan kaoni2 months ago

Thanks Obi, I hope your support helps!

alcurb2 months ago

Beautiful work. The blue ones makes it look rather cool.

wyldestyle2 months ago
great job ... can I suggest to all those who want to make something like this to use wood offcuts/ old fence palings, floorboards etc as well... its all good stuff...
Bannockburn (author)  wyldestyle2 months ago

Thanks wyldestyle, this one might actually have a fence paling or two based on the wood (cedar-ish) and I think one made with flooring cast offs would be awesome. Next project!

sephelie22 months ago

careful, pallets are treated with pesticides against bugs, dont bring that stuff in your living space - CAREFUL !!!!

all shipping pallets and crates have to have that treatment, think about the fumes you are inhaling !!!

BE AWARE - Dont do this !!!!!

Bannockburn (author)  sephelie22 months ago

Thanks for the advice, when using pallets one should be careful not to use methyl-brominated pallets. So, I careful to choose only heat treated pallets and checked for IPPC markings on all of them. Heat treated pallets are not fumigated.

but people dont necessary know that, we have to point this out to them, also who knows how old a pallet was and where it has been over the last 2-4 month what is usually the lifespan.

TY for not getting upset, again, GREAT PROJECT, I have often pallets that are 9x30ft solid most of them out of oak b/c of stability of the equipment we transport 60-100klbs and all of them have to be burned, you cant even make a deck out of them, for that reason our storage warehouses have to have ventilation systems running all the time.

Due to the weight, have you considered adding casters for mobility? just a thought.
Bannockburn (author)  houstonhardhead2 months ago

I'm not planning on moving it much, but adding casters is probably a great thought. Nice casters also tend to give furniture a more industrial feel which would be in line with the look of the table as well. Writing this down on my next Lowe's list right now!

buskrat2 months ago
How much does it wiegh?
Bannockburn (author)  buskrat2 months ago

I haven't weighed it buskrat, but it is a lot. I'd probably guess around 100 lbs.

philmccaffrey2 months ago

Love this! Impressive. Well written 'ible. I've got about 50 pallets that were delivered for free and just bought a new table saw, hand planer, joiner, table top planer, (and have the belt sander and miter saw). I'm ready to go. I have been reading many upcycle pallet projects and this one will be my kitchen table. I'll post when I am doing later this summer

Bannockburn (author)  philmccaffrey2 months ago
Thanks Phil! Good luck, let me know how those kitchen counters turn out.
Bigglieboo2 months ago

Great job! I've been looking for something like this but to use it more as an entryway bench. Do you think it would hold up to someone sitting on it? It looks pretty sturdy.

If I were you I would find drill a hole through every plank (maybe 2 holes) and run a steel pole right the way through the centre.

Bannockburn (author)  Hiyadudez2 months ago
It does have three holes with poles drilled through it. Do you mean put galvanized poles through? That could be a cool fix but how would you fix them on the ends?
Bannockburn (author)  Bigglieboo2 months ago
Thanks Bigglieboo! I do think it could stand up to weight if you upped the threaded rod up to an inch thick rod. With the 1/2" rods I used it seems sturdy, but I wouldn't trust it to hold myself for too long sitting in the middle. It doesn't sway or buckle, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
Shooglenifty2 months ago

It's certainly is rustic.

mkam12 months ago

Love the old school ps3. Now to look for some pallets.

Bannockburn (author)  mkam12 months ago

Thanks mkam1! Good luck in your search and your build. The ironic thing about the ps3 is that's it's actually new school for me.

I think your table looks great Bannockburn, good job! Looks just as good as anything you'd end up spending hundreds or more on, you got my vote!

Bannockburn (author)  zymurgeneticist2 months ago
Thanks Z! I think it turned out very well.