Pallet Coffee Table | How to Make a Coffee Table Out of Old Wood Pallets




Introduction: Pallet Coffee Table | How to Make a Coffee Table Out of Old Wood Pallets

About: Ever since I was a kid I liked to build stuff, so now as an adult I like to use my talents as hobbies, while still have to maintain a job for income. Some of the things I like to work with is, wood, metal, K...

Hello again folks!

Today I will show you how I built a small coffee table out of old pallets.

Materials used:

- pallet

- a handful of wood screws

- wood stain

- clear coat finish

- and a few hours of your time

I hope you guys enjoy this small project and feel free to comment and give suggestions!

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Step 1: Lay Out Your Design

First I broke up a few of those pallets that I got from Wal-Mart for free! I love FREE stuff! Even if I don't need it. hehe

Then I took the better looking pieces and laid them out in a way that the old holes would be off. Then took a saw to it and eyeballed the length and width of my soon to be table.

I wanted a small coffee table, because my college house here is pretty small and I needed something to hold my food and a drink while not taking up a lot of space.

Step 2: Table Top

So for a table top I got the right dimensions cut out and used an electric sander to smooth out the surface.

Then I took two 2x4 from the same pallet and used them as a base where I would next attach 4 legs.

I drilled holes in the top and put two screws in each boards all the way through into the base 2x4s.

Also smoothed out all sharp edges with a hand sander.

Tip: use drill to make holes before your put crews in, that will keep your pallet wood from splitting in all directions.

Step 3: Wood Legs

The kind of wood I picked is old and not perfect, and that is exactly what I was going for when thinking of building a pallet table. I wanted a worn out look. And that's what I got!

So the process is pretty easy I cut one leg out, the same height as my couch and cut the rest of them from the first one. During this project I didn't use any precise measurements, just eyeballed everything. This is a fun project not a PhD presentation. :)

Anyhow, I got legs cut, then sanded them and screwed right to the base 2x4s

Step 4: Bottom Shelf

Since 2x4s offer a good clearance for a hand to go, I decided to make a bottom shelf for any little things to put, like TV remotes.

All I did is cut 4 wood boards to fit underneath and crews them into my base/table top. That made a nice little shelf.

Now all you have to do is stain it with what ever color of wood stain you want.

Let it dry, then clear coat a few times and you are done!

Step 5: Finished Product

So here it is.

I had fun doing it and my wife seem to enjoy our new piece of furniture.

I hope you guys liked it and if you have any questions feel free to contact me. I'm no expert but I will try to help.


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    7 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Wow! I love the idea of reusing the pallet this way. You did an excellent job and the finished table is great!


    4 years ago on Step 5

    was it 2x4s u used fort the legs

    DIY  Dave
    DIY Dave

    6 years ago

    good job, best looking piece of pallet furniture I've seen. I built a table from pallets once but left it rough since it was for my garage

    Ageless Kronos
    Ageless Kronos

    6 years ago

    great ible simple and functional. I think the word you were looking for was screws instead of crews


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    yes, screws. Sorry, English is not my first language.