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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. http://lumberjocks.com/CptWingnut/blog/24067

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.

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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
 

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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
 

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

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

-www.sawblade.com
 

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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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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.
 

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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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Sweet and recycled too
 
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