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MDiDomenico

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03-02-2021 05:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pallet wood tabletop table

I’m building a table top using pallet wood. Yes, I know, it’s a fool’s errand. The pallet wood has special meaning though. The table is for my sister and her husband. They own a grocery store/produce market in Chicago, so pallets are part of their daily life. To honor that, I am using pallet wood in what I think is the herring bone pattern. My question is, what would you all recommend for me as a base for the table top. I was thinking to use a sheet of 1/2 plywood, and glue/nail the boards on top. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

-- Mark, Chicago Suburbs


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#1 posted 03-02-2021 06:09 PM

I did this out of pallet wood and some other odd offcuts back in 2013. IIRC, this one has a particle board substrate.

-- Ray

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#2 posted 03-02-2021 07:13 PM

Awesome! Thank you so much for your reply. Did you use 1/2 particle board, or was it thicker? The table I’m making is 4’ x 8’, so I thought plywood would hold up better.

-- Mark, Chicago Suburbs

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#3 posted 03-02-2021 07:29 PM

Wow, that will be a HUGE table!

It’s been a while, but I think it was 1/2” particle board. In certain applications, I like particle board because it’s very stable.

A full sheet of 3/4” particle board weighs over 90 pounds. Add wood to the top and the edge banding, and the table top could easily be more than two people can move safely; probably over 150 pounds.

Forgive me if you’ve already thought of this, but design of the supporting structure will be crucial to adequate support to prevent sagging over time. The edge banding has a part in that as well. The sagging issue will have to be dealt with for a plywood panel as well.

-- Ray

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#4 posted 03-02-2021 07:41 PM

Have you thought about what will happen If you fasten the pallet wood boards to plywood. Wood will expand and contract with the change of seasons.
There’s a chance the table will be fine and just look very rustic and wonky. There’s also a chance one or more of the corners will lift and render the table unusable.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#5 posted 03-03-2021 01:26 AM

We use 3/4 plywood and a wrap with Ash or whatever is wanted.

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#6 posted 03-03-2021 01:45 AM

Can you resaw it into veneers?

With a table that big you have to address bowing/warping/sagging.

I think I would resaw into veneers, 3/4 plywood, 8/4 hardwood edge, with steel underneath to help keep it flat.

Even with that, your base will also need to play a roll in keeping it flat.

May want to consider a leg table, easier to keep flat.

Good luck.

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#7 posted 03-03-2021 02:32 AM

Do you have a thickness planer? Pallet wood is all kinds of random sizes. So in order to make it somewhat useable as a table you’ll want to thickness it all the same.

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#8 posted 03-03-2021 02:59 AM

Thanks, all! I am planning to plane the boards down to thin them out a bit and make them even. It’s a combination kitchen island and table. There will be 4’ of cabinets under one side, and I intend to attached legs to the other. Hoping that solves for the potential sagging issues. I was also thinking of some kind of under table supports, but I’m not sure what to use. Angle iron or just 2’x4’s?

-- Mark, Chicago Suburbs

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#9 posted 03-03-2021 02:59 AM

I love this site! You all are so very helpful! Thanks again.

-- Mark, Chicago Suburbs

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#10 posted 03-03-2021 03:42 AM

You should be fine with that set up. Use a 3-4” skirt with the legs. No real need for angle iron If supported by cabinets.

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#11 posted 03-04-2021 03:23 AM

If you decide to glue the wood to the plywood use a good wood flooring adhesive, that is not water based, that will allow for wood movement. Bostic Best is a urethane adhesive that is available at Lowes for about $6 in a caulking type tube. Spread the adhesive with a notched trowel to get a full spread. I don’t know if the other polyurethane adhesives will work the same. Don’t use something that will dry hard like liquid nails projects or Titebond.

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#12 posted 03-04-2021 08:01 PM

Awesome tip, 4wood! Thank you.

-- Mark, Chicago Suburbs

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#13 posted 03-04-2021 08:24 PM

Regardless of what you do, I’d recommend putting 1/2” c-channel in the bottom.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#14 posted 03-04-2021 08:59 PM

4’ X 8’ Table is big, I am thinking the OP doesn’t want to cut that sheet. ;-)

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#15 posted 03-14-2021 04:37 PM

Any suggestions on finishing the table top? I’m looking at Varathane’s new triple thick water based finish, but I’m open to other suggestions.

-- Mark, Chicago Suburbs

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