Pallet End Table

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Introduction: Pallet End Table

About: I like to design and build random things.

Below are directions for a simple end table made from pallets.

Step 1: Find Pallets

Find free pallets from Craigslist. If not available, you can purchase them locally for very little money.

When searching through the pallet stack, look for the pallets with the most usable wood. The length of the slats is ~ 3 feet. The thickness varies from ½ to ¾ thick. The width of the slats can vary from 2.5 to 6 inches.

Step 2: Deconstruction

Breaking the pallets apart takes a decent amount of work. Use a jig or circular saw to cut the ends. Pry the wood from the center support. This should give you 8 to 14 boards per pallet. Remove nails from slats.

Before you start cutting, determine the best pieces to get the desired width (see drawing). I had multiple long pieces with cracks and/or damage down one side. I was able to cut the damage off and still have usable pieces.

Step 3: Cut Pieces

Cut pieces per drawings. After cutting, sand with course sandpaper to remove rough spots or major staining/paint…unless that is your desired look.

Step 4: Assemble Frames

Assemble the two frames (nail & glue). Note how it is put together – should be a square

Step 5: Add Horizontal Slats

Attach horizontal slats to frames (nail & glue).

Step 6: Leg Assemblies

Nail and glue legs as shown.

Step 7: Ready for Final Assembly

Step 8: Add Legs & Pins

Attach the legs as shown (nail & glue). Drill holes for the pins. Insert and glue into place.

Step 9: Final Product

Drawing File:

https://googledrive.com/host/0B21TbB8gGNQbX2dlNGdxR0NuOE0/end_table_RevA.pdf

Step 10: See Matching Planter Boxes!

If you liked this, see matching planter boxes.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Planter-Box-from-P...

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19 Discussions

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BRWIGLE
BRWIGLE

1 year ago

Are these measurements in inches?

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mtairymd
mtairymd

Reply 1 year ago

Yes

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AdamH145
AdamH145

3 years ago

Forgot to say I used bolts that had been spray painted black instead of dowels.

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mtairymd
mtairymd

Reply 3 years ago

Nice. The bolts are a cool touch.

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AdamH145
AdamH145

3 years ago

Made these for our new end tables. Thanks!

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Shermtank28
Shermtank28

3 years ago

Only wish I had some stain, but the goal was to make it for free. I didnt have a table saw for the cuts, so I had to rely on a jigsaw and a few planers, but I love it!

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mtairymd
mtairymd

Reply 3 years ago

Nice job! BTW, there are a few low cost stain options available. Search for natural stain on instructables.

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lonetraveler85
lonetraveler85

5 years ago

what type of nails did you use?

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mtairymd
mtairymd

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

I think I used 1 1/4 inch finishing nails. I use a nail gun (1.5" nails) for the planter box shown in the last step

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mtairymd
mtairymd

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

Thanks. 3/4" dowels - Home Depot or Lowes

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Glenzito_46
Glenzito_46

5 years ago

Decided to use your idea as my first pallet project, worked fine, just found that finding straight boards is the biggest challenge, took me slightly longer and put my own spin on the dezign, thx for the info

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mtairymd
mtairymd

Reply 5 years ago

Yes, straight pallet wood is a challenge.

Good job. ​I like the color.

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Glenzito_46
Glenzito_46

Reply 5 years ago

Thanks, mounted some rubber feet yesterday and is steady as a rock

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mtairymd
mtairymd

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Yes, very similar. The dimensions have been modified. I also wanted something to match the planters.

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mjohn10
mjohn10

6 years ago

What kind of stain did you use?

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mtairymd
mtairymd

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Minwax Red Oak Stain and Minwax Outdoor Urethane.