Monday, February 15, 2016

Building Lessons: Pallet Coffee Table

I have been building furniture for more than a dozen years now, and I have learned a lot over the years, but I have discovered I still have plenty to learn.

And so, while building this special order coffee table I learned: 1.) Screwing a bunch of random pallet 2x4's together does take quite a bit longer than one may think (like 3 or 4 times longer) 2.) Building a large coffee table by joining wood together takes much more time than one may think and 3.) DO NOT quote someone a price for something until you build it, especially if it is the first time you are building the item.
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The results were worth the lessons and I loved the finished product.  
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I cut pallet pieces to 46" and then hubby (who did a lot of the muscle work for me this time), screwed each board to the other in 4 places.  One outside board shows the screws.
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We built the legs  (cut to 13") the same way, but used just two screws in them.
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The bottom shelf was added by cutting out a channel for it on the table saw.  Hubby did this while I stood by with a fire extinguisher because of the pallet nails that were hitting the saw blade. I used barn wood for the bottom shelf.
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After a few hours of sanding (and one very sore shoulder), I finished the beautiful wood with Minwax polyacrylic.
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If I were selling this table at a show or in my booth, I would charge 3 or 4 times more than I did for the special order (I believe in standing by word and charging what I said it would cost before I realized the time it would take to build).  My sweet special orderee paid me more than I charged here, which I appreciated.  
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I do love the table and want to make another to convince my heavy laborer (husband) to help again. (Looks pretty happy in my home, huh?)

PS--if you want more pallet ideas, consider buying my book HERE!


  1. wow what a special the personality it adds!!! GREAT project!

  2. Very unique. I did something similar with scrap portions of 2 x 4's. I stacked & glued a number of pieces together & did this 4 times to make legs, then used longer pieces to make my son a bench for his deck. Good way to use up scrap wood.

  3. Just wondering...what would the price be on this piece?

  4. That looks great, nice and sturdy and I bet it is heavy.

  5. ♥♥♥ the coffee table, it is so unique!

  6. I really love it! I can only imagine how heavy but it has sort of a masculine urban twist to it.

  7. I love your table!! It looks awesome in your living room.


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