Coffee Table Made from Pallets

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Project by DaveSchmitt posted 08-25-2021 09:15 PM 450 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son needed a coffee table.

So I got the Shopsmith out and used hardwood top slats from some pallets I had broken down They were thin, so the glue up was a little tricky. I didn’t have any cauls, so I went to Lowes and bought some steel garage door tracks, half in carriage bolts, and 1/16” sheet metal strapping. I cut the strapping into squares that are about two inches and rounded the corners to make them safe to work with, then I drilled holes into them so they would serve as heavy duty washers. I ground the carriage bolt sides off so they would fit in the track. I cut the door track into 36” lengths and I put a coat of paste wax on them. Presto, I have cauls. After planning the slats, I glued them together and sanded them flat.

He wanted it rustic, so I got 1/2 pipe and mounted one on each side and I put 4” steel rollers on it. The ends are the pallet slates,they look like they are maple. I painted the ends black The cross pieces were angled and glued together.

-- Dave, Boise Id

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#1 posted 08-26-2021 02:49 AM

Any coffee table that can also help you move in or out of your house is alright by me ;) Nice work.

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#2 posted 08-27-2021 01:16 AM


-- Dave, Boise Id

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