Wooden Pallet Coffee Table on Wheels for Living Room




About: If you can't buy it, BUILT IT
Hello Again,

It's been a while since the last instructable and I hope you are all ok :)
So this time I decided to make a wooden pallet table with wheels since I made a normal one and a more complicated one with a shelf in the middle for decoration.
The idea for the third one was the wheels.

Tip: On the way I decided that screws wont be visible!

Step 1: Gathering the Essentials

What you need:
  • Wooden pallets! (wow)
  • Glue
  • Joining Wood
  • Screws
  • Wheels (2 euro each)
  • Bases for the wheels (bought for 7Euro)
  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Woodworm Killer
  • Silicon Bases
  • Electric/Normal saw
  • Electric drill
I had most of them from previous woodworks I did except the wheels and the pieces of wood I used as base for the wheels. The paint was also bought. 0,5L for 8 euros I think.

Step 2: How to Start

Well, I believe you all know how to start.
  1.  Disassemble the pallets. (I'm always getting mad with it)
                   Be careful not to brake the pallets... :/
                    I broke some of the cubes that were in the middle of the pallet and I had to make new.
                   Glued together some pieces from pallets and try to make the appropriate thickness you are going to need.
                   Clamp it and Let it dry.
                   Cut the cubes!

        2.   Decide the dimensions of your table, mine was 120cmX63cm.

                  The length of the 1st pallet was 120cm but the 2nd one was 100cm.

                  So I decided to cut some smaller pieces of wood of 20cm to join them.
                  Glue them & screw them with the rest 100cm and make them longer, 120cm.

        3.   Another problem I had to deal with was the thickness of each piece of wood. It wasn't the same and I would have had a problem  on levelling the table and the glass on the top.In order to reduce/avoid that issue I used a piece of wood that I had stored from a previous woodwork I did. (Was Bought for 5Euro)

Step 3: Sanding/Woodworm/Sanding

After you have the correct dimensions of the pieces you are going to need you can start sanding. You can sand them before you cut the correct dimensions but you are going to sand unnecessary pieces of wood.

I always use woodworm since most of my pallets are old or found around in the fields but even if they are new it's just for precaution.

After you apply the woodworm killer you can do some more sanding for better smoothing.

Step 4: Apply the Primer and Do Some More Sanding

Apply the primer, let it dry & do some more sanding for smoothing!

Step 5: Painting!

By now your primed wooden pallets are smooth enough.
Time for painting.

Step 6: Assembling

Title says Everything!
I'm using glue on assembling also and as I mentioned at the beginning I don't want the screws to be visible from the top of the table so I'm starting from upside down.

Step 7: The Base With the Wheels

Step 8: Assembly Continues With the Wooden Blocks

Since I don't want to add any screws from the top side and being visible I'm using joining woods in order to assembly the wooden blocks with the rest of the pallet.
When the holes are drilled add some glue in the holes, on the joining wood and on the surface that the wooden block will be attached at.
Clamp the blocks and keep them clamped for about 24hrs.

Step 9: Final Touches

Now that the table is ready do some more painting where is necessary; if there are any scratches like mine.

Drill the top for the silicon bases
Add the silicon bases
Place the table where was meant to be
Take plenty of photos!

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    19 Discussions

    Temple Works

    3 years ago

    Great Design!!! Looks very good. I like the idea of not having any screws or nails visible from the top. Just a couple of questions; 1. What would you say is the best way to disasemble the pallets with out breaking the planks to much (those monster nails is a nightmare)? 2. How long did it take you to construct and 3. if you had to sell this what would you price it at?

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    D0itYourselfTemple Works

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hello mate,

    In my honest opinion there isn't a best way:D it all depends on the condition of the planks. how good/strong/hard are they. The easiest? Get a reciprocating saw or a jig saw cut the planks. Very easy and not time consuming. That's if you don't mind about the length, for smaller projects. Most difficult and time consuming, try to get the nails out one by one. (That's what I'm doing)

    It took a few days. One day dissasembling. Woodworm killer and sanding another. Third day application of primer. Fourth sanding and painting.
    Fifth assembly.

    Selling price is affected by many factors. In Cyprus I would have sell it for 100-150EUR.


    4 years ago

    I cannot seem to find any woodworm killer in USA!! Seems like all the products I found are sold in UK because it contain chemical that can kill mammals. What did you use for woodworm killer? Thanks!!

    great demo and I like seeing the pallets used to make something a bit more fancy. I really like the colour.

    Wouldn't it have been easier to shorten the 120cm lengths to 100cm than to lengthen the 100 cm ones to 120cm? Also, what are these "silicon bases" you speak of - do they help keep the glass on or something? (I hope that's tempered glass for safety reasons).

    Off to look at your other stuff now!

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    Hello mate and thanks for checking out my instructables.

    Off course it would have been easier to shorten them to 100cm. But the person who order it asked for 120 cm and I was trying to figure out a solution it was a kind of a "challenge", BUT after I found the solution the process was very easy.

    The silicone bases mostly help for the vibration and the glass is attached/mounted on a soft base.

    Now regarding the glass; tHe guy I order the glass from I told him that it is going to be for a table. I asked him regarding the thickness and he said 3mm, 5mm or even 8mm. I asked for 8mm but he said it's ok with 5mm and it's not gonna break. (The guy builds aluminum windows and doors so I would like to believe that the glass is strong enough)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Nice color choice,its a pretty purple,to me anyway.Im usually the camo type,or everything green.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I agree with you but since the table wasn't made for me I had to proceed with their needs :P
    You can see the colours on the sofas as well that are purple and they will paint a wall about 4 sq.m. the same colour with the table :)

    If you see my other two tables with pallets you will see the colours I like


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I was also looking at your bread bowl,back in the late 70s my
    Pops and I owned a antique/junk shop,and we sold a many of those things,it seemed like the worse the condition,the better they would sell.The American bowls were made most always out of poplar,and were oval in the shape,usually something like 17"x20".
    You do good work,plus no sarcasm here,I really do like that shade of purple.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah.it looks really good in there,and when they get that wall done it will look even better,aint no doubt about it,yours is a job well done.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    An interesting project!! nice to see pallets used for something rather than just rotting in a junk heap...

    I would recommend putting the wheels closer to the outside of the pallets, as the current location would make the table unstable and easy to tip over, dangerous if there's small children or babies in the house as hot drinks would cause them serious injury. The table would still be as maneuverable, but a lot more stable.

    And as I've taken pallets apart before, I know what monster nails they use to fix them together, of course they were never designed to be "destructible"! :-)

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Your recommendation it's good. I've sat on the long side and it's ok, I had to apply some pressure in order to raise the opposite side. The short side if I just apply pressure with my hands in order to raise it I have to press hard, if I sit on it the opposite side goes up.

    Any way I hope no one is going to sit on it :)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I can't wait to start mine I was very lucky and found 2 brand new small pallets and was wondering what to do with them.
    Thanks great Instructable and fine work on your part. I have all the parts....

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