Rustic Kitchen Table - Pallets to Butcher Block

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Project by BrianBrianBrian posted 01-30-2013 03:57 PM 18576 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This idea was taken from a project posted on Instructables;

I’ve been eyeing this project for a while now and finally dove into it. I love the idea and the simplicity of it by using reclaimed wood. I found some free pallets on craigslist and hauled them back to the garage. The first step in my attempt was the most time consuming… pulling out hundreds upon hundreds of nails! After disassembling all the pallets and removing all the nails, I had an awesome selection of several different kinds of wood; Cedar, Pine, Red Oak and Yellow Poplar. Like most of the folks that have attempted this project, I too, had a little problem with the table warping a little. I think it has to do with the size of the long bolts that thread the table, lining up the drill holes, and also how tight you crank down the bolts. Since mine table was only 5ft long, I was able to loosen the bolts a little and bend into shape a little. It’s not perfect but definitely better than what it looked like after I removed the “tie-down-straps”. Also, I wanted to leave the natural look of the wood and not add any shellac or poly, just natural butcher block oil. I point this out because I also copied the idea of using the white wall spackle to fill the holes and gaps, and though it turned out nice, I don’t think the spackle and the butcher bloc oil work well together, (just FYI for anyone that heads down the same path). All in all, the table turned out great and now resides in our kitchen ripe and ready for some pancakes & syrup, Newspaper, and coffee!

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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 04:04 PM

Love it. I also work with pallets (all I can afford). I feel you on the nails. Really turned out looking sharp for you. Enjoy your new unique table

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 01-30-2013 05:10 PM

Beautiful work. Shows what a craftsman can do.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 01-30-2013 05:33 PM

Interesting design. The top looks like it was fun to clamp up.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 01-30-2013 07:24 PM

Awfully nice table.

Any tips on getting pallets disassembled and cleaned up? I’ve got sudden access to a running (slow) supply of them. Or is it just pliers, a six pack and a bunch of elbow grease?

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#6 posted 01-30-2013 07:38 PM


More like a Twelve-Pack, nail punch, hammer, pliers and a lot of patience. By slow supply, I assume 1 or 2 come available every now and then? If that’s the case, I wouldn’t let your pile build up any more than eight, or you might need a keg. The pallets I got were old and some of them had been run through a pallet machine 2 or 3 times which means 3 X the nails. I would also suggest you buy a very strong magnet and run it up and down the board before you make any cuts. Some pallets had nails buried in them hidden from sight. Best of luck to you, I’d like to see what you come up with!

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#7 posted 01-30-2013 07:42 PM

Yep. Next door neighbor is an HVAC guy. There was some cognitive dissonance involved in getting him to realize that I actually wanted them.

Love the magnet idea. That’s the secret sauce of this for sure.

Thanks o/



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#8 posted 01-30-2013 07:52 PM

Really great job on this project Brian, congrats!

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#9 posted 01-30-2013 09:06 PM

Cool table! Great use from reclaimed wood and test of one’s creativity and skills. Well done!


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#10 posted 01-30-2013 10:06 PM

Very well done! Thank you for sharing your work!

-- "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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#11 posted 01-30-2013 11:47 PM

great looking table, and nice reclame on those pallets, gonna add this to my to do list

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#12 posted 01-31-2013 02:48 PM

yes i do like that !!!!


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