Hello again folks!
Today I will show you how I built a small coffee table out of old pallets.
- 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!
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.