This Instructable details the making of a simple, functional, sturdy reclaimed lumber side table that we use as a potted plant stand. Working with pallets has it's own unique challenges as the wood is very often damaged, split, wavy and knotty. It is also mostly rough saw-cut wood, so the potential for getting splinters is high. So work with care and lets get started
Step 1: Tools and Stuff
- Miter Saw - for cutting to pieces to length
- Table Saw - for ripping the boards into 3" wide planks. You can also use the table saw for cutting the planks to length but the Miter saw is far more efficient for this task.
- Nail Gun - 18 gauge brad nailer with 1-1/2" brad nails and air compressor. You can use a hammer and nails if this is what you have
- Steel Tape - for measuring.
- Set Square - to make sure things are at right angles to each other
- Wood Glue - Waterproof wood glue like Elmers Max
- 6-1/8" x 1" x 49" boards from a 5'x6' pallet. I used 4 boards total.
Please make sure you understand safe working practices for your power tools. They can cause serious injury very quickly. Make sure your wear appropriate safety equipment recommended in the manuals that came with your power tools. Always read the manuals for safe operation. A power saw can kick the work piece back at you at high velocity - always work outside of the "line-of-fire" - check your manual..