Here we go Inspire Me friends! The moment we have all been waiting for! The next DIY project is….. a Pallet Coffee Table!
Spencer and I have been in need of a coffee table for our home but every coffee table that we came across was always super expensive, usually $400+. We were looking around for a rustic coffee table when we decided, let’s make our own table!! Let’s make it out of pallets!!! And with that idea, I was very happy to have a Pinterest account because the flood gates opened with ideas upon ideas. Pinterest is a website where you can “pin” visual bookmarks of literally anything you like, found on the web or right on Pinterest itself. So, if you do not have an account, I suggest you make one! It is addicting, but the ideas are endless.
Now, we actually made our table for $6.48! The thing is, you can find a bunch of the materials needed by searching around on the internet or asking people you know. Spencer’s boss had some pallets sitting outside, which was PERFECT because they had that weathered, rustic look we were looking for. We borrowed tools from our parents as well as some nails and screws. We ran out of screws at the end of the project which was the only reason why we spent the $6 bucks. But this is totally possible to do for FREE and now we have an awesome, rustic coffee table that we made by OURSELVES! We are so proud that we made something as awesome as this for our home and every time we look at the table now, we are reminded of the handwork we put into this and how much fun we had doing this together. We were super supportive of each other throughout the entire process and making this table definitely brought us closer and it showed us we work well together as a team.
This has been the biggest learning experience for me so far! It also was for Spencer, but he has a lot more knowledge when it comes to building things and using tools. Me on the other hand.. out of all the tools we had to use and steps we had to take to build this coffee table, the only experience I had was using a hammer.. So, thank you Spencer for teaching me and showing me the ropes! And of course for helping me build this amazing coffee table. I would put this project under the intermediate category, especially for someone who has NEVER done this before. This project does take time and precision.
What you will need:
- 2-3 pallets
- We used 2 pallets; (it depends on the wood, its condition, and color you are looking for)
- 44; 1.5″ to 2″nails
- 8; 3″nails
- wood for legs
- We used a 2×5 for the legs, but whatever wood you come across that you feel fit to make the legs of your table is fine.
- We used left over wood from the 2×5 to make braces for the legs
- 16; 2.5″ screws
- Miter saw
- Standard drill
- Drill and screw bits
- Tape measure
- Sand paper
- Pry bar
- Optional: circular saw
We did this project in 3 days. We could have done it in one day, but because this was our first time EVER building a coffee table, we didn’t want to rush or make any mistakes.
Spencer and I did some research and decided on what the average height, width and length are of a standard coffee table . We decided to make a 3ft long, 22″ wide, 18″ tall coffee table. (We used our couch height to determine the height of the table, so feel free to choose whatever is comfortable for you. The average height we found is between 16″-20″) We picked the pallets that we felt had the look and feel we wanted for our table. Spencer, my brother, and dad separated the pallets. This task was a little harder than we thought. Some boards can come right off, but others took a lot more force. They used a hammer and pry bar to loosen and remove the boards. In some instances, you may use a circular saw to cut the boards free, but keep in mind your desired length needed for your table. Once we removed all the boards, we measured and marked each board to the proper length we needed. We then cut the boards to proper size using a Miter Saw.
On this day, Spencer and I made the frame. I learned how to use a Miter Saw and a drill! First, we took the larger pieces of wood from the pallet frame and measured and cut them to our desired length and width using a Miter Saw. Due to the density of our wood, we had to pre-drill holes in order to make it easier to hammer our 3″ nails through to boards to create the frame. When pre-drilling for nails, you want to make sure that your drill bit is slightly smaller than the diameter of the nail to ensure a tight fit. Drilling is not necessary but because of the type of wood we had, it was needed.
Next, we organized the pallets for the table-top. We spent a bit of time organizing the pallets by color and trying to see what boards worked better next to each other. You may find that the boards may not lay flush next to each other, so rework them and rearrange as you see fit so that once you place a object on top of the table it would sit as flat as possible. Once we figured out our desired pattern, we measured to the center of longest side of the table (if that makes sense). We worked our way out from the center of the table to give a uniformed look. This way when you reach both ends of the table you can cut the boards if necessary to give an even look on both sides of your table. We once again had to pre drill holes in order to make it easier for the nails to penetrate the frame. Placing one board at a time, and hammering two 1.5″-2″ nails on each end. Once we reached the end, we realized that a cut was needed on the last boards, we then used a circular saw to make the last board flush with the frame.
On day 3, we cut the wood to make the legs and braces for the table. We chose our desired height, and cut 4, 18″ legs out of the same piece of wood. We then attached the legs to the table by using 2, 2.5″ screws (we used screws so that if we ever had to remove the legs we could.) After attaching the legs, we realized the legs were not as sturdy as we anticipated. So we made braces from extra wood left over from cutting the legs. In order to create the braces, we cut them into right triangles using a Miter Saw. We then attached each triangle into each corner of the frame using 2, 2.5″ screws in order to create more support for the legs.
So that was it. We were done with all of the tools and all of the measuring! This was the big test… once we turn the table over, will it sit flat? What if it wobbles? We measured everything as precisely as we could… Spencer turned the table onto its legs, and IT WAS PERFECT! We took some sandpaper and sanded all of the edges until smith and we lightly sanded the top of the table. Don’t sand too hard, because you do not want to take the look and feel away from the wood.
So that is it friends. This is how we made our pallet table for our home. It was such a fun learning experience and it was basically FREE. It doesn’t get any better than that! Not only did we learn how to make this table together, but this project also was fun to do together and brought us closer for sure! The amount of support and positive words Spencer gave me throughout this process was absolutely amazing. I am not too sure how this would have turned out if it wasn’t for his help. I would have made something, but I don’t know if it would have even remotely looked like a table!
Feel free to try this out! Please please please, leave your feedback below and ask any questions you have! There are quite a few directions that go into making this, so if there is something you don’t understand or a question you may have feel free to comment below or even send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org !!!