Pallet Wood Table

  • Advertise with us
Project by Justin posted 05-20-2014 08:06 PM 3448 views 8 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A lady posted a pic on a Facebook swap shop page of a similar looking table asking if anyone could make this for her. I accepted the challenge.
Most of it was made from pallet boards and old lumber out of a family barn. I went through a lot of pallets trying to use only hardwood. I planned the pallet boards on the bottom to get them to all one thickness and lightly sanded the top boards with 600 grit. The pallet boards were then glued on top of 1×6s. I wet-sanded the table with 1200 grit and Tung oil to finish.

21 comments so far

View johngalt2000's profile


5 posts in 2247 days

#1 posted 05-20-2014 08:14 PM


-- if it cant be fixed with WD40 or duct tape its not worth fixing

View Sanding2day's profile


1015 posts in 2626 days

#2 posted 05-20-2014 08:27 PM

Great work, thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

View CincyRW's profile


165 posts in 2430 days

#3 posted 05-20-2014 09:05 PM

Can you tell us about the clamping method in the last picture? Its a little hard to see whats going on there.

View Justin's profile


13 posts in 2582 days

#4 posted 05-20-2014 09:17 PM

Not sure if you messed with pallet boards before. This was my first time. They are warped and not designed for woodworking. lol. I only planned the bottom side of the pallet boards to keep the patina on the top side. I was trying to get the pallet boards somewhat level with each other, so I clamped the 2×4’s down to keep the boards level to the previous one. I used wood glue to glue them down to the 1X6’s you see running horizontal. In the picture, you are seeing the first two pallet boards being laid.

View Mean_Dean's profile


7043 posts in 3927 days

#5 posted 05-21-2014 12:03 AM

This “rustic” look seems to be in these days, and yours is a very nice example!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

View mahdee's profile


4291 posts in 2547 days

#6 posted 05-21-2014 12:31 AM

great job on that table… I need to go pallet hunting. Last week at Home Depot, I saw a sign that said “this pallet 50% off”. I looked at the pallet and though, $25 for a pallet??? Then I realized it was what was on top the pallet that had been discounted not the pallet itself.


View Buckethead's profile


3196 posts in 2649 days

#7 posted 05-21-2014 12:33 AM

This is among the nicer pallet wood tables I’ve seen. I like what you’ve done.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

View Justin's profile


13 posts in 2582 days

#8 posted 05-21-2014 12:50 AM

Thanks for the comments. 007…lol. They are hard to find. Most larger retailers reuse or sell their pallets to pallet companies. You have to go look around mom and pop stores. I found the best (hardwood) pallets at a plant nursery. They looked rough; coated in soil but some scrubbing and a little bleach they were perfect.

View Ted's profile


2875 posts in 2991 days

#9 posted 05-21-2014 08:06 AM

Recycled lumber projects are among my favorites and this table is an excellent example of what can be done with old used wood. Congrats on a job well done.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

View aussiedave's profile


3114 posts in 2604 days

#10 posted 05-21-2014 11:39 AM

The table looks great you did an excellent job…well done Justin…thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

View toddbeaulieu's profile


842 posts in 3784 days

#11 posted 05-21-2014 12:20 PM

I love it.

I had been wanting to try pallet wood for some time now. Last week I finally grabbed some. On the way home I passed by a Ferrari and laughed about how different our lives must be.

I used a few so far for slats for planter boxes and pulling them apart was quite unpleasant. Virtually every slat has splitting at the ends in my findings. Would have to get lucky or use wider pallets to cut away the splits.

How did you deal with the nail holes?

View Justin's profile


13 posts in 2582 days

#12 posted 05-21-2014 12:36 PM

I tried several things to dismantle the pallets; all without much luck. I finally said screw it and took my circular saw down the sides, cutting off the two outside 2×4s and an angle grinder to cut the nails from the inside 2×4. You lose the two end nail holes of each board but save a ton of time.
As far as the nail holes, I filled them with wood glue using a hypodermic needle I bought from a feed store.

View toddbeaulieu's profile


842 posts in 3784 days

#13 posted 05-21-2014 01:16 PM

To be honest, after taking apart just a few pallets I was about to scrap that idea, but after seeing your finished product I’d like to try something like that. Maybe a smaller table as an experiment.

My pallets have oak runners so I was trying to save those, too, which is why I took the time to pry the slats off with a pry bar. Not sure what I’ll do with them, but I have a problem with wasting wood.

I don’t know if everyone understands how inspirational our project posts can be. There’s much more to it than showing off our accomplishments. Thanks for posting!

View eldercop's profile


87 posts in 2288 days

#14 posted 05-21-2014 01:56 PM

Check out a tool called PalletPal on google or such. The guy makes them, they’re well constructed and can apparently rip down a pallet in minutes. looks like a big hammer claw with a handle. its on youtube also, I think. (I’m not the guy..really)

-- "Experience is what you get the day after you needed it" Mark Twain

View toddbeaulieu's profile


842 posts in 3784 days

#15 posted 05-21-2014 02:01 PM

I completely forgot about that tool. I had seen it a couple of years ago, but wasn’t ready to try pallets yet.

I just ordered one! $85

showing 1 through 15 of 21 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics