Pallet Coffee Table

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Project by brianarice posted 06-01-2011 06:41 PM 5877 views 12 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the course of the past year I have become interested in reusing either materials or old furniture in new ways. Most of my interest has been in reusing old shipping pallets.

Much like the chair set I built, this is a coffee table that I made from old shipping pallets. It is a mix of different wood types of different ages and wear. Even though I love the grain, age marks and nails wholes for this piece I did a two tone stain. I think that it really bring out all of the characteristics that I mentioned above even more and gives the table more character.

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#1 posted 06-01-2011 06:49 PM

Very cool, turned out nice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 06-01-2011 08:15 PM

I really like this one. The border color makes the natural wood in the center really pop.

-- Tim S, AZ

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#3 posted 06-01-2011 09:31 PM

I’ve been doing the same. Most of the pallets I find are oak. Any trick to pulling the nails? It’s getting old and I’m tired of resharping my jointer blades.

-- Bryan

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#4 posted 06-01-2011 09:59 PM

Really great project, consider it leached. I do alot of reclaiming as well. Looking forward to seeing more of your work here, welcome to LJ

Bsmith, the best thing Ive found for pulling nails was to teach the kids how to do it and pay .05 a nail in the pallets I get it works out to be about a buck a pallet. Put half in their hand and half in their account. Bonus is it gives alot of father daughter time. Although when working with pallets if I dont watch it my language can get a little salty.

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#5 posted 06-02-2011 03:02 AM

I like the 2-tone look here. I think it adds a welcome bit of contrast. I also like the addition of miter keys. Maybe you can highlight them by not staining them next time? Just a thought.

Certainly a nice reuse of material.

Welcome to LumberJocks!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 06-02-2011 03:05 AM

I love shipping pallets!! A few years ago I got a couple from the local Tractor Supply store that were made entirely of Ash…. I used all of the wood to make shop jigs because the wood was very strong and stable.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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