Introduction: Pallet Coffee Table
For this step I lined up 5 boards of equal length. You can choose to use more or less boards depending on how big you want your table to be.
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This is where you will be making the support struts for your table. Cut a piece of wood into two pieces that are the same length as the width of the table. Then mark where they should go, and nail the supports in from the top, so that they hang below the table when it is finished. From here, I chose to put small shelves on the bottom of the struts. This will also give the table some storage room and make it more appealing to look at.
In this step you will be adding the side supports where you will later attach your legs to. The way the table is created, if this step was not there, would put all the weight of the table on one of the planks of wood, and that would lead to an easily broken table. For this step I cut a board to the width of the table and placed it on the end of the table. Then I attached it with screws that were drilled from the bottom up, so that way it wouldnt be seen when looking down on the table.
Now its time to make the legs. For this, I thought it would be creative to make the legs out of the cubes that seperate the planks on the pallets. Since you dont want your table 3 inches off the ground, I drilled holes in them, and inserted dowls into them to make them into one cohesive piece of wood.
Once the dowls were put in, I glued the blocks together and clamped them tight. I left this to sit for about a day to make sure it was dry.
This is what the legs look like after 24 hours in the clamp. From here you can choose to sand them down, or design them to your liking.
Finally, nail the legs to the table, and enjoy!
For the chairs, start off by cutting a piece of wood as wide as you want your chair to be, and then cut 2 more pieces as long as you want the chair height to be. Nail the width board to the 2 height boards at the desired height of the seat.
Next, cut 2 pieces of wood as long as you want the chair to be deep, and nail them to the side of the H-frame at the same height as the other piece of wood.
Cut another piece of wood the same length as the width of the chair, and nail it to the end of the depth pieces parallel to other piece of wood.
Cut one piece of wood that is to be the height of the back rest, and another that is to be the height of the seat, and nail them within the square you have created so that the chair frame is level and balanced.
Cut another piece of wood the height of the backrest, but then cut it in half lengthwise, so it is as tall as the backrest but very thin. Nail this piece perpendicular to the back corner piece of wood so as to create a right angle, making it easier to slat the boards in for the back rests.
Cut 2 pieces of wood the length of the width of the chair, and 2 more the length of the depth of the chair, and nail them to the bottom legs to create a square in order to stabilize the chair.
For the last step, cut slats of wood the length and width of the seat to use as a flat surface to sit on, and as back rests to lean on. Nail these in to the chair structure and the chair is complete!
Make 2 chairs to put at either end of the table, or to put together to make a larger chair. You are now done!
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