Pallet Desk

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Introduction: Pallet Desk

A simple way to create a desk using a pallet and some ikea table legs.
The pallet allows to double the desk surface and to get a lot of storage.
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Step 1: Material List

You need :
- 1 pallet (or 2 if you plan to make the top surface with pallet wood)
- 5 mm plywood to make the bottom surface
- wood floor board with interlock (to make the top surface)
- 4 ikea vika legs
- some nails (10mm) and screws (at least 40mm)

Usually, pallet dimensions are 120 x 80cm, so you should select plywood and floor board according to your pallet size.
I have used :
- 2 plywood boards of 60 x 80cm (perfect fit!)
- 5 wood floor board of 16cm width (another perfect fit!)

Advantages of wood floor are : cheap, robust and clean

about tools, you may need a wood saw and metal saw, a hammer with a nail puller and a screw gun 

Step 2: Dismantle the Pallet

there are 2 ways :
- using a nail puller, this is quite long
- using a metal saw and sawing between the 2 parts to dismantle them, faster 

Step 3: Assembly

Cut the floor boards (5) to fit the pallet board (2) length
Adjust the plywood boards (1)  to get an overall surface equal to pallet board (2) x cross-board (4) 

Now you have every parts at the right size, let's build up the desk!

- nail the plywood (1) into the 3 bottom boards (2)
- screw the pallet blocks (3) through the bottom boards (2)
- screw the pallet block (3) through the cross-boards(4)
- screw the floor board (5) into the cross-boards (4)
- screw the leg (6) into the bottom boards (2)

Step 4: Option : the Secret Access to Hidden Treasure :)

if you have chosen the floor board with interlock, you can create a secret access by sliding boards.

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    34 Discussions

    hey, no I did not because I have used some nicer/smoother wooden board for the top.

    For the 2nd version, I have spread a varnish to prevent splinter and have a nicer finishing

    Love pallet furniture, especially because of how simple it is. Looks awesome too

    Good job on your instructions, even someone like me understood them

    thanks for the idea!! i'm going to make this. but i remove the legs and i use a half pallet for the legs. and i put a glass plate on the top. and i put my pc in the desk, under the glass. i make a picture when my desk is completed.

    Hi, I'm going to make one soon and I'm recovering the material.

    I wondered if this ikea legs of 4cm diameter were sufficient to support the pallet, which leg you've used?

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    What to a nice looking desk you have there. I was thinking about making one as well, but cut in half to save room.

    I am going to build this as a birthday present to my daughter. The top will be plywood though. I'm going to paint it with chalkboard paint.

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    What a great idea--where I work at, we get paper shipped to us on half-sized pallets like this, many times with smooth hardboard tops! I'm going to have to keep my eye out now for one I can use! =D

    Great idea and I love how much extra room you get using the idea. A word of caution though, pallets are typically treated with chemicals to preserve them, not to mention can be contaminated with all sorts of crazy stuff. Just make sure you use a nice new one that's clean and fresh looking. Just treat the wood like you would pressure treated, or insect resistant woods.

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    This is a quite recurring comment, so I have done some research :)

    There are 2 types of pallets, the single use ones and the returnable ones.
    - The returnable ones are the property of the transporter and they definitively treated to have a long life.
    - The single use ones are picked up by the trash collector, so they have no owner (once they are left in the street!). So they have a short time life and do not need to be treated for preservation.

    Awesome of you to do the research, I should of before posting honestly since I have not played with pallets since I was young and spoke in ignorance. In my defense when I had access to plenty of pallets they were horrid monsters with uncountable containment's. Especially the ones my dad brought home from Sears, seemed they would use their pallets until they turned to dust and floated away in a poison cloud lol.

    hehe, but in all seriousness, good work.. I will probably build myself a fold away shop bench using this idea.