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Stellar-X Pallet Table

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Check out this table. I'll apologize in advance for the stock photos and the ms paint drawings. I didn't take the time to capture the build step by step like I should have. Also, I'm quite the amateur when it comes to wood working. I have a hard time putting my actions into words. I just do it--like Nike....
 
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Step 1: Get some pallets

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I used two pallets--buy them, loot them, find them...haha

Step 2: Rip pallets apart...carefully

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Step 3: Figure out what you want to do with your wood...

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I began by determining how tall and wide I wanted the final product to be. I wanted to leave a slight overhang along the sides so I made the main frame a couple of inches shorter in length and width.

Step 4: Frame it up

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I chose to build a frame first so the planks would have some structure to follow. I used a "t" frame so that I could attach necessary secondary braces. The diagram speaks for it's self, really. I used the thicker supporting 2x4s (or similar) for the outer frame and the inner frame. After forming the rectangle and "t" I added a thinner strip to each side of the middle brace so I would have more surface area to attach the top planks. 

Step 5: Cut the planks on a 45

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Cutting on a 45° can be tricky. I messed A LOT of good wood trying to cut the top planks for this piece. I really can't offer advice on cutting. It was a miracle that I cut enough decent pieces for this table. The diagram for this step is completely wrong-and I apologize. 
Orinico6 months ago
Just to say a big thanks as your 'ible was a great inspiration for my own table. I bigged you up in my description.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-wood-Coffee-Table-1/#step1

Thanks again!
dan440ss (author)  Orinico5 months ago

Thanks for the mention! Your table turned out wicked awesome!

I think I'm going to give this a try, but I kind of want to take my father-in-law's example and offset the star pattern. Like center it in a corner to make it asymmetrical. Better start collecting materials.
Great use of natural colours! The top would make a fantastic looking door. Well done
Honeylam1 year ago
Love the table!
Step 3: Figure out what you want to do with your wood...

Epic comment... Although the instrucions are not very detailed, I believe it to be a beginners project, like I am, so thanks a lot for this great new idea!
foobear1 year ago
so pretty
MCUman1 year ago
This is is a great project. I would like to make the following suggestions:
1. Use oak pallets.
2. Cut all of the top pieces and super check them to make sure all the metal fastensers have been removed, then have all of the pieces planed to the same thickness.
3. Glue the pieces to a piece of 3/8" plywood as a substrate to keep them flat and to add strength.
That's what I did. It worked out very well and the table was one of the first things to go in the divorce. Ah, oh well.
dan440ss (author)  MCUman1 year ago
Thanks for the suggestion! Might you post a link or picture of yours?
Would you happen to have a pic of the bottom so we could see how you assembled it underneath?
Nice job by the way.
dan440ss (author)  christinacovert1 year ago
I'm sorry, but the table is no longer in my possession. Being that the planks were cut on a 45°, I just nailed them to the inner "t-frame" and the outer "rectangle frame", if you will. It worked out perfectly. The only modification that I might suggest is a secondary support structure underneath the small triangles on each end. It is not a huge deal, just an improvement from hindsight.
Up-cycling at its best!
That table looks great! What made you decide to make it?
dan440ss (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
I had made a few "parallel-type" tables and thought i Was doing pretty good. After years of making cross-cuts with a circular saw I traded for a miter saw! I cut a plank on a 45 and eureka! Idea!
This kind of projects is what makes me crave so badly for a miter saw –– and a lab where to keep it and use it! :(
bepartial1 year ago
Very nicely done. With a piece of glass on top, that will become a focal point in the room. Instead of glass, you might consider a poured resin finish.

Great concept, especially the artistic touch.
fauxreal1 year ago
Love the colors in this
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