Small Occasional Table (from pallet wood!)

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Project by je_superfly posted 01-18-2013 02:33 PM 6188 views 12 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project. And my first using reclaimed wood! While at work a couple of months ago I noticed a pallet that looked a little different from the others. In it’s rough state it appeared to be made out of cherry and a few other hardwoods cobbled together, but I couldn’t really make out what they were. After getting it home and broken down I milled up the thicker bottom supports of the pallet to discover two of the three boards appeared to be a gray-colored walnut. At least that’s what it looked like to me. Thought that was interesting so I placed them aside to be used later. I also set aside the rough top boards as well.

I drew up the design for this table in sketchup a long time ago, well before I came across this pallet. I just wanted something to have next to my chair in my living room that I could place my laptop on or something small. I saw a picture on lumberjocks some time ago that made me want to try some curved legs rather than a straight or tapered approach. So I decided to use some of that pallet to make this table as I thought it was interesting that I came across similar colored woods to my previous sketchup model. The only change I made from the model was the chamfer detail around the top. I used some of the top boards of the pallet to make the aprons, but discovered that they were not cherry after milling. I like the contrast of the woods so I still implemented them in anyways. I also glued up the gray walnut boards for the top and did my best to align the grain. The legs were milled out of some cherry that I was given from a friend of the family.

Total cost to me for this table was close to nothing. I got to try a new technique or two, and had fun making the dust! Thanks for looking everyone!

-- -James, Sumerville SC

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#1 posted 01-18-2013 02:42 PM

Thats awesome. I see a lot of pallet wood items on Pinterest. They make about everything out of those pallets.
Excellent work, and ya can’t beat the cost of materials.

-- Brent Golden

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#2 posted 01-18-2013 04:10 PM

Awesome job! I love using pallet wood.

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#3 posted 01-18-2013 04:22 PM

Nice work a cool looking table.


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#4 posted 01-18-2013 04:29 PM

That’s a good looking table!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 01-18-2013 06:54 PM

I really like the look of that table, nice job reusing the wood.

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#6 posted 01-18-2013 08:14 PM

Recycle, reclaim, and new piece. Good job!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#7 posted 01-18-2013 09:09 PM

Very nice. Very, very nice. How’d you join the skirts to the legs?

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#8 posted 01-18-2013 10:14 PM

Love the beautiful legs. Great design and build.


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#9 posted 01-18-2013 11:26 PM

Love the curved legs! What’s the overall size of the table top?

-- Brett, California

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#10 posted 01-19-2013 01:11 AM

Gray Walnut ? Possibly Butternut , the poor man’s Walnut , also known as White Walnut : )

Cute little table : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 01-19-2013 01:37 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

Garbonsai- They are joined to the legs with a loose mortise and tenon done by my beadlock system. There’s a picture in my workshop profile showing one of the aprons being drilled out in my diy moxon vice.

BrettWood- The top size I think ended up at 12.75in square. It’s a small table.

Dusty56- Brilliant! I do believe you are correct! That link was informative, although the top of this table doesn’t feel as soft as that article states it should be. But it looks extremely close to the pics. Thanks!

-- -James, Sumerville SC

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#12 posted 01-19-2013 01:39 AM

It is softer than Black Walnut , but I wouldn’t try to make a pillow out of it : )
You’re welcome.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 01-19-2013 02:29 AM

Nice use of salvaged wood! Very nice design.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#14 posted 01-19-2013 04:32 AM

Great looking little table! Well done, and I’m impressed with your SketchUp skills too… thanks for posting.

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#15 posted 01-19-2013 10:40 AM

Neat little table, those legs really do like those legs. I love using pallet wood, especially the price, but getting all those nails out is quite a chore.

-- Ted

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