How To Make A Coffe Table From A Pallet


Abandoned pallet
16″ Hairpin legs (#8 screws included)
Linseed Oil

100 grit (medium) and 220 grit (fine) sandpaper
Butter knife orĀ spatula
Old rag

Step 1: Find the Pallet

The best placeĀ to seemĀ forĀ an excellentĀ pallet is behind grocery stores and wine shops butĀ make certainĀ to ask ifĀ they’reĀ ok ifĀ you’re takingĀ one. For this project, I got luckyĀ and locatedĀ a pallet next to my apartment that already had slats coveringĀ the wholeĀ top. IfĀ you’llĀ only find pallets with open slots onĀ the highestĀ ,Ā you’llĀ take the slats off ofĀ a specialĀ pallet and put them onĀ the primaryĀ pallet to fillĀ within theĀ gaps.

TimeĀ to holdĀ home: 4 minutes
Total elapsed time: 4 minutes

Step 2: Sand the Pallet

Before working with the wood,Ā make certainĀ to wear glovesĀ to guardĀ from splinters and a maskĀ to guardĀ from the dust while sanding.

Start byĀ employing aĀ strong knifeĀ to interruptĀ off any large splintersĀ that wouldĀ catch on things once the tableĀ is completedĀ . UseĀ a couple ofĀ damp paper towels to wipe the dirt off the surface then sandĀ the highestĀ and sides with 80 grit (Medium) sandpaper.Ā re-evaluateĀ it again with 240 grit (Fine) sandpaper untilĀ it’sĀ smooth to run yourĀ fork overĀ .

Time to prep the pallet: 32 minutes
Total elapsed time: 36 minutes

Step 3: Attach the Legs

Set the legs on the underside of the pallet and use the provided screws (#8 screws 1Ā¼ in) . The pallet wood is soft enoughĀ that you simplyĀ donā€™tĀ got toĀ drill pilot holes which savesĀ a whileĀ . Wiggle the legsĀ a touchĀ while screwing themĀ right down toĀ confirmĀ they’reĀ completely secured.

Screw time: 13 minutes
Total elapsed time: 49 minutes

Step 4: Oil the Table

I chose to rubĀ flaxseed oilĀ into the outer facing surface of the table to bring outĀ the colourĀ butĀ this is oftenĀ an optional step. Take an old rag and dip itĀ within theĀ flaxseed oilĀ and rub it into the woodĀ during aĀ circular motion untilĀ you’ve gotĀ covered all the surfaces. Itā€™s bestĀ to notĀ touch the table for about an hour after using the oil butĀ you’reĀ all done once itā€™s covered!

Time to oil: 11 minutes
Total elapsed time: 1 hour!

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