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Table made using four pallets

Peggers
Experienced Contributor
Peggers
Peggers
Experienced Contributor

Reclaiming pallet timber is an affordable way to tackle a D.I.Y. project, and this rustic table is quick and easy to make.

 

 

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The project

 

I took two pallets apart completely and inserted the strips of wood into the gaps on the other set of pallets to make the tabletop solid. I sanded for smoothness, but left some paint marks for a rustic look. The fact that all of the wood was slightly different shades added to the overall effect. After joining the two pallets and strengthening underneath the tabletop, I secured six table legs with brackets.

 

How to build a pallet table

 

Find step-by-step instructions for building this table here: How to build a pallet timber table.

 

How to choose the right pallets and tools for the job

 

It’s not hard to dismantle a pallet if you have the right tools. Use a pallet lever to easily pull pallets apart with minimal breakage. This is a two prong fork that sits over the bearers and allows you to lever off each plank evenly. You will also need a hammer to knock the nails through and a pry bar to pull out tough nails. Other tools that make life easier but aren't a necessity include a nail punch, bolt cutters and vice grips. 

 

It pays to be picky with what pallets you use. Key things to look out for when picking up pallets are:

 

  • Does the pallet sit flat? If not, there's a good chance that every slat will be twisted when you pull it apart, including the bearers.

 

  • Are there cracks all through the timber?  

 

  • Are there bowed slats? If the majority of the slats are bowed then it's a waste of time unless you have a particular project that could benefit from bowed timber.

 

  • Does the pallet have solid bearers? These are much harder to pull apart so there's a higher likelihood of breakage and wastage when dismantling the pallet.

 

Other D.I.Y. pallet projects

 

Workshop member Yorky88 used just two pallets in this terrific outdoor dining build.

 

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Pallet timber can be used in many D.I.Y. projects and you'll find plenty of great ideas, including a pallet bar, bookshelf, couch and planter, in this discussion and in our Top 10 most popular pallet projects.

 

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