Introduction: Recycled Pallet Table

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I needed a table to hold a new large format printer and it had to fit in a specific space. I found some nice discarded pallet wood and came up with this design. I used a nice remnant of Vetrazzo for the top. If you don't have something like that to use for the top surface you could use the same treatment as the bottom using 2x4's. I didn't want to use any glue so that I could take it apart if I wanted to.

Step 1: Materials Needed

  • Pallet wood - 1x6 lengths and 2x4 lengths
  • Lag bolts - 1/4" x 1 1/2" (need 28)
  • Washers - 1/4" x 3/4" (need 28)
  • Drill or impact driver
  • 1/4" drill bit (can use a smaller bit to to drill into 2x4's to make sure to get a tight connection)
  • 3/4" hole bit for countersink
  • 7/16" socket with handle or adapter to use with drill/driver
  • circular saw or table saw
  • for middle shelf - 18 1/2" x 29 1/2" piece of 1/4" plywood

Step 2: Precise Measuring and Pre-drilling

  • See the first diagram for the layout of the boards
  • Since there is no glue involved it is important to take accurate measurements
  • Drill the 1/4" holes in the 1x6's - then use a 3/4" hole bit to countersink for washers
  • Pre-drill the holes in the 2x4's (use smaller than 1/4" for snug fit)
  • Use more 1/6's to cut diagonal pieces to create the bottom shelf

Step 3: Middle Shelf

  • Use scrap of 2x4 make the angled pieces that will hold up the middle shelf
  • Cut a piece of 1/4" plywood - 18 1/2" x 29 1/2"

Step 4: Finish

  • Lightly sand to smooth out any rough areas. I left the staple marks and imperfections "as is."
  • I used some Pickled Oak wood finish on all the wood pieces. I wanted to keep the wood looking very light, sort of whitewashed.

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