How to Make Pallet Wood Slab From Recycled Materials

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Introduction: How to Make Pallet Wood Slab From Recycled Materials

About: My name is Omer, I'm an industrial designer and I love to create things. In my free time I work on all kinds of fun projects.

In this Instructable, I make a wood slab for an old Singer sewing machine table that I renovated.
Most of the wooden beams were dismantled from old wooden pallets.

In the center of the slab are three broomstick rods, which help unit all the beams together.

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Step 1: Measuring and Marking Before Cutting

Make sure you don't use chemically treated wood.

made sure to pull out all the nails so there would be no problems cutting & drilling.

Step 2: Cut to Desired Size

Step 3: Mark Three Lines

I set up the planks in the order I liked, and I numbered them.

I've mark three lines across all the planks, This lines will be used to determine the position for broomsticks that will be Going through all the planks.

Step 4: Marking a Location for Drilling

Step 5: Drilling

I used a drill bit that much the broomsticks diameter.

All the beams are drilled all the way, only The outer beams were drilled halfway,

That way, the broomsticks won't be exposed, they won't be seen.

Step 6: Preliminary Match Test

Before using glue, I checked that broomsticks easily pass through all the Wooden beams.

Step 7: Glue the Boards

Eventually, the boards are glued all together.

Held with clamps for 48 hours.

Step 8: Milling the Wood

I Temporarily glued the Slab to the table with a double-sided adhesive so it wouldn't move during milling.

Later on, I also added wedges.

Step 9: And the Other Side...

Step 10: Cutting Edges

To get a clean, straight line, I sawed the edges With a circular saw.

Step 11: Sanding & Filling Cracks

First, I used Rough sanding paper and sand all the surfaces, then In the cracks, I applied wood filling.

After the drying, I sand it all again with Fine Paper.

Step 12: Painting

I painted it all with matte varnish.

Step 13: Assembly

I attached the slab to a sewing machine table legs that I recently renovated.

Step 14: Final Result

Hope you enjoy the project documentation - if there are any questions or comments I'd love to hear.
Thank you :)

Step 15: Tools and Materials:

Drill press, router, router sled, Circular Saw, orbital sander, clamps, paintbrush, spatula, Goggles, Gloves, Sanding paper, Varnish, Wood glue, Wood Filling, broomsticks, Pallet wood.

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    20 Comments

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    xstfoc
    xstfoc

    10 months ago

    Very nice project and very well-done Instructable.

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    maderuyter
    maderuyter

    Reply 9 months ago

    Agree!

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    Omer O
    Omer O

    Reply 9 months ago

    Thanks!

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    Omer O
    Omer O

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thanks !

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    maderuyter
    maderuyter

    9 months ago

    If you are NOT ABLE yo remove nails. like in oak or maple rails. Identify where they are and sink them, fill the hole at finishing time.
    Because some pallets are to good to fire, in the firewood place.
    Some times, 50% of the time, I use a torch on the nail after cooling off the nail made a bigger hole and then can be removed.
    And do not forget fill all holes, and put the holes down under!

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    bobobutts
    bobobutts

    10 months ago

    That's excellent, I love the rail system you used to "plane" the boards.

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    maderuyter
    maderuyter

    Reply 9 months ago

    Indeed, I intend to make such a jig to flatten slabs.
    Large routerbits for this typ of job are readely available.

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    Omer O
    Omer O

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thanks !

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    CelticBrewer
    CelticBrewer

    10 months ago

    I was skeptical when I saw the thumbnail, but this is just absolutely brilliant, friend. Thank you for sharing.

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    Omer O
    Omer O

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thank you :)

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    miguelffigueiredo
    miguelffigueiredo

    10 months ago on Step 14

    This looks very good! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

    When I saw the table frame / legs I thought you used the sewing machine mechanism to do a standing desk... I am looking to make one so I am seeing it everywhere ehehe

    But maybe it can work? Maybe material for another post :)

    Cheers, MF

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    Omer O
    Omer O

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thank you!
    This type of industrial Singer base could be a good base for an adjustable table / standing table, With just a small adjustments, Because its already has the option to raise and lower.
    Good idea ! thank you.
    Omer

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    LarryG7
    LarryG7

    10 months ago on Step 14

    Congratulations, the first use of pallets that makes any sense. A person could actually make a tabletop this way. Given enough pallets one could pick and choose to match.

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    Omer O
    Omer O

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thank you Larry :)

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    haro.janetr
    haro.janetr

    11 months ago

    Love that you used a sewing machine table, amazing work!

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    Omer O
    Omer O

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thank you!

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    itzikdiy
    itzikdiy

    11 months ago

    Great work!

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    Omer O
    Omer O

    Reply 11 months ago

    Thank you Itzik :)

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    ballardbk
    ballardbk

    11 months ago

    That looks fantastic!

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    Omer O
    Omer O

    Reply 11 months ago

    Thank you !