Pallet Coffee Table

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Project by Rob23 posted 05-08-2016 07:43 PM 2040 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have seen multiple people selling ‘pallet’ tables that look like pallets sanded to 80 grit, with castors attached. They aren’t much to look at, and I wondered if it was possible to make a nicer pallet table, something I would want in my living room. This is my effort.

This table has wood from 6 different hardwood skids, and one spruce skid. It has some spalted pieces of mahogany, some maple, mahogany, and woods I am unable to identify. The legs are spruce. Disassembly is probably the longest part of the process, well, perhaps tied with sanding. Pallets do not disassemble well, not if you intend on reusing the wood. I use a flat pry, 3lb sledge, my estwing, my sawzall with rescue blade, whatever it takes (I prefer to saw the planks off, however when trying to salvage the stringers this is not an option, as nails do not plane well). Once disassembled each board gets jointed, planes, and sanded to 220. In this case because the stringers were so warped, I was unable to cut the pieces to length, and had to assemble it and flush it up with my router.

I had never seen spalting in mahogany before, and the stringers had some gorgeous blue hues in them. A lot of hours went into this, assembly is honestly less than a quarter of the time on task. This project has 4 coats of boiled linseed oil.

Hope you like it.

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#1 posted 05-08-2016 08:13 PM

I would love to have it in living room. I agree on sanding pallet projects to more finest grit. I think they can still look good or even better that way.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-09-2016 12:06 AM

Great looking coffee table! I like the vibrant colors of the woods in the top!

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

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#3 posted 05-09-2016 10:18 PM

There is nothing wrong with using pallet wood to make a prototype or just using pallet wood all the time. like most wood workers the cost of the wood is what hurts so if you make a mistake when making something from free wood it only cost you your time. But I do not like to wast any-kind of wood – your pallet coffee table is very nice, keep making sawdust and have fun.

-- Don't only practice your art, but force your way in to its secrets... Ludwig Von Beethoven.

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