I am sharing a pallet board table. I actually made it to be used as a coffee station. It's my contribution for this month’s Power Tool Challenge Team project. The theme this month is Pallets. When I cleaned out the woodshed earlier this month I found some awesome pallet boards.
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I can’t remember where I got these boards. They aren’t from a pallet that I dismantled because all of the boards have been sawed. I dismantle pallets using a Duckbill Deck Wrecker not a saw. You can see how I take pallets apart and many more great pallet projects in my post Pallet Projects Plus Tips for Dismantling Pallets.
I needed some lumber to make the base of my pallet board coffee bar. Lulu Mae has hurt her knee again, so I try not to leave her home alone. This is the first time she’s ever ridden on the lumber cart. She’s a trooper!
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, here’s what you’ll need to build your own pallet board table.
Materials for Pallet Board Table
Assorted pallet boards (I used small thin boards)
Wood Screws 2.5 inches
Tools Needed to Make Pallet Board Table
While shopping at Home Depot for 2x4’s I found the cutest boards—2x3’s. I felt like they would make my pallet board table not quite so chunky.
Cut List for Pallet Table
Cut list from left to right
- Four legs 33”
- Two long pieces for the skirt sides 38”
- Too Short pieces for the skirt ends 18”
- Two long pieces for bottom brace 35”
Your cut list may vary depending on the size of your table. My pallet boards were varying widths.
The size of my table was dependent on the size of a piece of glass I had for years. I was always looking for a table to fit the glass. I finally figured out that I needed to make a table to fit the glass. To design the table I laid out the glass and worked around it’s size.
Build The Table Skirt
Build the table skirt—which is basically a box. I purposely chose to build this table without a Kreg Jig. Many times y’all ask “what if I don’t have the tools you have?”
Pre-drill pilot holes
Because the screws will be near the end of the board it’s best to pre-drill pilot holes to keep the boards from splitting.
Add wood glue
Using wood glue will make this pallet table very strong.
Clamp & secure table skirt with wood screws
Make sure everything is square, clamp pieces and secure with wood screws. Repeat for all three remaining sides.
Attach Table Legs
Pre-drill holes to attach table legs. Add wood glue and secure with more 2.5” wood screws.
Attach bottom braces
Attach bottom braces. I measured up 3.5” from the bottom of each leg. Again, drilling pilot holes will make sure boards don’t split.
Competed Table Base
This was the end of day number one. The table base was completed. Notice that two screws were added from the outside in for each leg. In addition one more screw was used to secure the table leg from the inside out.
Cut pallet boards on miter saw
Trim pallet boards on miter saw. Use extreme caution if nails are still present. Always wear safety equipment when using power tools.
Arrange pallet boards onto table top
Because the board on each end of the pallet table will have a great deal of overhang, I used Gorilla Wood Glue to give a lasting hold. I used the Kreg Multi-Mark tool to insure all the boards were even. All boards were secured with my Airstrike Nail Gun. In order to make the pallet boards fit under the glass perfectly I had to rip some of them on the table saw.
Attach pallet boards to lower shelf
The multi-mark took is really handy to make sure all the boards are even front to back. All boards were secured with the nail gun.
Mark and cut angle for glass table top
This job of cutting the angle was quick and easy with my cordless jigsaw.
Time to paint
I used a pretty aqua paint for this table, watering it down a little to make it apply quick and easy. I used a favorite chip brush to apply the paint.
Paint underneath table
It takes a LOT more time, but I generally try to paint the underside of all of my projects. When someone picks up a piece (like this table) to put it in their vehicle I want it to have a finished look. At this point I had already painted the table top, then flipped it upside down.
Using an orbital sander with 60 grit sandpaper, I gave the entire table some distressing. I used a scrap piece of wood to test coverage and realized that I liked the “less” paint look. I chose to not sand the pallet boards prior to painting because I wanted the paint to “settle” in the voids.
Project ideas and a video of "how to glaze painted furniture and more"
Glaze table to tone down bright paint
I took this in progress shot to show you how much the Smoked Glaze tones down the color of the pallet table.
I put the Smoked Glaze on with a heavy hand on the table top and really loved the look. After finishing the table, I did a second coat on all of the other parts again.
Watch my video of How To Glaze Painted Furniture
As I was taking pictures (before painting) I noticed the vertical planter in the background—I think that’s why I grabbled this paint. This picture is a good shot of how different the paint is with and without the glaze.
How to easily clean glass
The glass had been stored in the garage for years. It was quite dirty. Here’s my secret in the shop and for cleaning glass. Because I don’t have water readily available I use diluted dish soap for washing up my hands and soaking paint brushes. My favorite way to clean glass indoors is with a drop of dish soap in a small bucket. In order to clean this very dirty glass I grabbed that bottle of diluted dish soap and a rag.
It worked really well to clean it, however it was a little too heavy on the soap. After cleaning the glass I got a wet and dry paper towel from the house to “shine” up the glass. I am in love with how this table/coffee bar has come together. The color is much prettier than it appears in pictures.
Glass Top Pallet Table Coffee Bar
Do you love it as much as I do?
Watch my video of How To Glaze Painted Furniture
What have you made out of pallets or pallet wood?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.