Introduction: Chevron Outdoor Pallet Table
This is an easy project to make a lovely outdoor coffee table that is durable and tough against all conditions. It has a nice rustic look, which can blend in nicely with your garden.
Tools you will need:
A saw of some sort that can accurately cut 45 degree angles. I would recommend a miter or a chop saw, to be as precise as possible.
If you have any, small clamps would make the nailing and glueing stage easier, but I managed to do it easily without.
Materials you will need are:
Approximately 20mm pins.
Medium nails (depends on the thickness of your wood).
A couple of similar pallets.
A sheet of 3/4" or 1/2" plywood the size of your tabletop.
And some glue.
Step 1: Starting the Table Top
The first step is deciding how big you want you top to be. Once you are happy, cut your plywood to size. This will be the base to hold your chevron style together. Then, you have to cut two identical right angle triangle from one corner of a piece of pallet wood. Then, you have to find the center of your piece of plywood and position each triangle symmetrically on either side of your line. When you are happy, pin and glue them into place. I made a pattern with the pins to make it look nice so you can to make it look a bit tidier. This is the start of you chevron style.
Step 2: Finishing the Table Top
Next, take a piece of pallet wood, and cut a 45 degree angle off the end. Line that 45 degree angle up with your central line. Going underneath, draw a line using the plywood as a ruler. Then, go and cut it out, glue it and pin it. Follow this pattern throughout to get a beautiful chevron tabletop.
Note: When you get to a corner, you will need to do another 45 degree cut into the original cut to get the right angle.(look at the picture)
Step 3: Border and Legs
Now cut 4 pieces of pallet wood to border your tabletop. All you need to do now is pin it in to the top like I have done in the finished project. I would recommend using slightly longer pins to reinforce it.
For the legs, I used the middle bit of the pallet which was about 2"X 3" to make solid legs. I then cut them in half but you can make them shorter/longer if you want. After that, I hammered two together to make the legs have a bigger surface area to make it sturdier. To attach them, I nailed them into the border, pinning them in first, to make the nailing stage easier.
Step 4: Finished!
Now you have an impressive table to make your garden look Modern/Rustic. If you are leaving the table outside permanently, I would recommend oiling/waxing it to protect the wood in the future.
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