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Reclaimed Pallet Side Table with Drawer Space

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I have recently taken to reusing pallets to make tables and other what nots. This is my attempt at an instructable showing how I made a side table out of one of these pallets. Figured why not reuse this lumber and maybe keep another tree from getting cut down. All criticism and comments are welcomed and encouraged. Hopefully someone out there will enjoy this or give it a shot.
 
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Step 1: Gather your Materials

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First thing first gather up your materials. You'll need some

Pallets (obviously) 
Drill
Hammer
Sandpaper
Screws 
Nails (used from the disassembled pallet)
Wood Glue
Hinges
Wood Stain(optional)

Step 2: Disassemble Pallet

First things first you'll need to find a way to disassemble the pallets. I just use a hammer and chisel to break through some of the nails on one of the top planks on the pallet then use the hammer and another piece of scrap wood and just hammered the rest of the planks off one at a time. Remember to try and salvage as much of the pallets as possible planks, and nails. Unfortunately I failed to take any pictures of this step , but I think that you should be able to make it ha ha 

Step 3: Cut and Assemble Frame

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Next you'll want to decide on the dimensions that you want for your table. Mine ended up being 29" x 18" and I believe 22" high.
I used a regular circular saw set at 45° angle to cut the corners. I decided to make one frame and then do some measurements and make another frame with the wider planks to go around the frame I had already made so that the top of the table could just rest inside the frame. I used wood glue as well as salvaged nails to hold the frame together.
nanaof212 hours ago

Love the choice of stain color and the storage space

Nice job, simple with a rustic charm you would pay a fortune for in a shop.
I love to see timber being reused, far better than it being used once then ending up in a landfill.
Quite a lot of my own 'ibles are about using salvaged timber, I have a couple more to add when I get time, you may like this one.
I look forward to what you have coming in future.
SirPhobos15 (author)  Nostalgic Guy1 year ago
Thanks a bunch. This is actually my third table I have made from pallets and I believe my best so far. I really enjoy being able to reuse this wood rather than it ending up in a landfill like you mentioned or just being burned up. I am no woodworking master or even good at it really ha ha, but I sure do enjoy it. Thanks again for checking this out.