Palletwood Table




About: Bought a Farm from 1958. Restoring House, Barns and the whole Property. Lots of Home Improvement, Woodworking and Tractor related Things.

While i was building the Table i didn't think of making an Instructable out of it.

So i don't have original pictures of every step. Luckily i made some Pictures while building it.

I tried to redo the steps, i didn't had pictures from, to give you an idea how i made it.

Step 1: Surface to Start With

I started by taking an old cabinet door, which i had laying around.

You could use any other sheets of wood or even other pallet wood.

I choose this one, because it had just the right size i needed.

It is used as a surface to mount the pallet boards onto.

Step 2: Make 45° Cuts on One Side and Layout Your Boards

It is helpful to mark a middle line on your underground, to align the boards.

Step 3: Glue and Nail the Boards

When i was satisfied with the arrangement of the boards, i glued and nailed them to the supporting sheet .

Step 4: Cut Off Overhang

While the glue still was drying, i cut the overhang with a Jigsaw.

Step 5: Add Surrounding Strips

To get a perfect 90° angle and a plane surface to glue the strips onto, i set up a fence and used a router to trim the excess.

I cut strips from the pallet wood. Then i glued and nailed them to the tabletop. Both strips on the long sides were just glued and clamped, no nails necessary.

Step 6: Add Frame for Leg Support

I used the same Strips i took for the surrounding to add a supporting frame for the legs. These were also glued and nailed.

Step 7: Build Legs

For the legs i used a tree that came down while a storm. I removed the barn and started cutting it in half with a saber saw. Then i cut it to quarters on the bandsaw.

Step 8: Attatch the Legs

I started drilling and chiseling away the supporting panel to get a bit more depth and stability. Then i added glue to the holes, inserted the legs and made sure they were square to the table. Once that was done, i used shims to get the legs pressed against the framing. Then i predrilled 2 holes in each leg and screwed them into the supporting frame.

Step 9: Sanding and Protecting the Wood

Once the whole table was put together, i sanded everything down to 240 grid.

To protect the wood, i used some oil based finish. i wiped on a thick coat, let it soak for about 30 minutes and wiped off the excess.

Afterwards, i think i should have attached the legs in a way, i could remove them. This would be handy for storing or moving it.

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    10 Discussions


    4 years ago

    This is just so beautiful!! I love the design. Great job


    4 years ago

    I have a pile of pallets I've been saving to burn but I think I might try something like this with it!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This is really pretty, I would have never guessed that the top was made out of pallets!

    That is an amazingly attractive table, especially given the raw materials! Great work. :D


    5 years ago on Introduction

    That is a nice table I love the top.

    Keep up the good work