Easy Pallet Coffee Table




Hi, in this instructables, I will show you how I made my pallets coffee table.

You will need:

1 or 2 pallets.

1 beam (~200 cm).

Wood glue.

1 compressed wood plate.


Miter saw.

Circular saw.

Think safety first! Use gloves and protection glasses to avoid injury!

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Step 1: Find Pallets and Cut Them Down.

Find pallets and cut them down.

Depending of the size you want your table to be, you can go faster by cutting pallet's plank with the circular saw like on the drawing, cut on the red line(only small planks needed and this way you will not have nail holes). Keep at least 2 long planks for the side.

Cut the planks at 45° to do the patern on the table like on the second drawing.

For the center planks, you can cut them like an arrow.

Send all your planks.

Step 2: Glue the Planks

Try your planks on the compressed wood plate before glueing them. Some planks will fit better with one rather than an other.

Glue the planks to the compressed wood plate. You can clamp a second plate on top of it to apply a pressure on all the table at the same time.

Step 3: Cut the Overflow

When glued, remove the second compressed wood plate.

Flip the table and cut the overflow.

I have used a compressed wood plate the size I wanted the table so it was easy to cut the planks.

Step 4: Cut and Glue the Legs

Cut the legs in a beam. Be sure to have a perfect cut to avoid table swing when finished. Sand them.

Glue the legs on the bottom of the table, on the corners to be ras.

Step 5: Glue the Sides

Cut the sides at perfect lenght. You can cut at 45° for a better finish.

Glue them to planks and legs.

Step 6: Enjoy Coffee

Enjoy coffee on your new pallets wood coffee table.

My table is not vernished, I like the raw wood.

Thanks for reading and do not hesitate if you have any notes.

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    Reply 8 months ago

    Thank you! Still using it everyday, 2 years after creation :-)


    2 years ago

    That's a beautiful way to make a coffee table top! I'm wondering about the legs though, are they secure enough just glued on like that? Wouldn't they need some sort of bracing? I'm not sure, I'm just asking.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Think you! It is super strong. I can sit on, there's no problem. Glued surface is quite big. 8cmx8cm for the top and it is also glued on the side plank. Forgot to say it in the instructables but, put heavy weight (did it with 2 sand bags of 25kg each ) on the table for 24h when gluing the legs.

    I used pattex wood glue : https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51fvzoQ-4-L._SY355_.jpg


    2 years ago

    Your design is great, but your how to is lacking a ton of info.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    I have added information and drawings. Do not hesitate to say what you don't understand.


    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you for your feedback. English is not my first language and it is not easy to have the good words.

    I will try to add some more informations.


    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you. It is easy to made and way more beautifull than lines parallel to sides.