Adventures in Garbage

Building a Pallet Table

As I’ve said before, if you can successfully dismantle a pallet, you basically win a free stack of lumber. Which means, anything you can build with 1×4’s and 2×4’s  you can build with the pieces of a pallet. If you already know that you will not be needing the pallet shape for your build, and if you don’t need the full length of the planks, a (sometimes) simpler way to remove them is to just cut them free with a saw.

Simply run your saw along the  cross pieces. Depending on the lengths you need, you still may need to pry off one or more.

Simply run your saw along the cross pieces. Depending on the lengths you need, you still may need to pry off one or more.

After  freeing everything up, select what you need for your piece. (Not pictured: 2x4's removed from a different pallet, split into  2x2's to become the legs)

After freeing everything up, select what you need for your piece. (Not pictured: 2×4 cross pieces removed from a different pallet, split into 2×2’s to become the legs)

I begin with a basic frame.

I begin with a basic frame.

Then lay out  and square up the top.

Then lay out and square up the top.

Using what's left, I beefed up the frame to secure the legs a bit more.

Using what’s left, I beefed up the frame to secure the legs a bit more.

Now, sand EVERYTHING.

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Then we can add a bit of color. Stain, or paint, or both.

 

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Lastly, place your top planks, and tack them down (I use a nail gun).

Add a sealer coat – And we’re done!

Cute little accent table- built for about $6.

Cute little accent table- built for about $6.

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1 Comment

  1. Elaine Jabiro Elaine Jabiro
    October 4, 2015    

    Fantastic stuff here! Terrifically cool ideas. Great job!

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