Pallet end tables

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Project by Fridgecritter posted 05-07-2013 03:22 AM 12264 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have seen several of these posted on various sites, and even a few on LJ. I stopped at an industrial complex and asked if I could have a couple of their pallets, and the guy said it was actually refreshing to have someone ask for them rather than steal them in the night. He told me to take as many as I liked.

the harvesting of the wood, believe it or not, was the hardest part of the project. I wasted a lot of wood, when if I would have just did a search on LJ I would have found this great tutorial.

I think I would have more than doubled my yield if I had followed that tutorial. These tables were a blast to make, and I sold them to a friend, and included a book with of photos of the making of the tables. I will probably make a bunch more of these now that I know how to harvest the wood better.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 05-07-2013 02:25 PM

Those are great tables man,

I am also a big fan of reclaimed pallet lumber, in fact i think i am going to build something this weekend!
I have what appears to be 6 White Oak and 4 Hard Maple Pallets in the backyard now.

Thanks for the inspiration

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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#2 posted 05-07-2013 02:30 PM

very sharp im planning on making some to match my coffee table. im lucky i work at a pallet shop so we got machines to tear them apart then just have to take a punch and nock out the cut nails

-- greg indiana

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#3 posted 05-07-2013 05:23 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I would imagine working at a pallet shop is like a woodworker’s dream!

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 05-07-2013 05:44 PM

Hello!!. I am a fan of the wood palet. All the works that I have showed here, are made with palet. It is a very grateful wood
I have made several works, which it will show. To recycle, and to help to the environment. Nice work.

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#5 posted 05-07-2013 11:51 PM

great table thanks for sharing the links too

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 05-08-2013 09:52 PM

We love recycling!

-- Kate,

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#7 posted 05-09-2013 04:08 PM

You make pallets look good. Like your end tables, pretty and sturdy. Excellent work!


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#8 posted 05-09-2013 05:58 PM

Those look great! I may have to attempt that.

I recently broke down 15 or so oak pallets. I tried prying up the ends, but I seemed to be doing a fair amount of damage. I ended up taking a CS to the ends, removing the stringers by cutting off an inch or so of the end of the slats. This went pretty quick since I only had to pry apart the middle stringer from each pallet. Generally the ends of the slats were pretty rough anyway, but if I needed every last inch I’m sure I could have gotten that by taking more time with the pry bar.

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#9 posted 05-09-2013 07:19 PM

That’s what I was doing. I was using a skilsaw for the ends, and yeah most of them were already cracked and broken, but I really like the nail holes to stay in the wood, so people can see the rust lines in the wood, etc… otherwise you might as well buy wood from the store (other than the obvious fact that the pallet wood is free).

Thanks again for all of the kind words. They were a lot of fun to make.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 08-28-2013 08:56 AM

Those tables are fabulous.The most common multi-functional pieces in the living room are end tables.Wood end tables would be a great fit in any room in your home.They can be used along with a sofa and chairs to create comfy conversation areas.

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#11 posted 11-20-2014 07:24 PM

Sweet and recycled too

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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