I made this coffee table the other week for my beautiful friend Jodi. I haven’t done up specific project plans for this one because I used a very rare/hard to find pallet (the slats were all hard up against one another, i.e. no gaps!) But funnily enough, as soon as I’d made it, a friend of Jodi’s asked for one exactly the same so I had to make it with standard pallets anyway! Using standard pallets meant I literally had to break both pallets down completely and then reconstruct them… So I’ll draw up plans for that one shortly 🙂
Anyhoo, thought it would be helpful to show you how I made this first coffee table, in the event that you happen to find one of these rare pallets. But the other reason is because it will help you to get your head around the 3D coffee table and get you thinking about ways to make a table with whatever types of pallets you can get your hands on. Here are the two I used for Jodi’s coffee table:
Before reading further – you’ll need a reciprocating saw for this little gem!
Jodi’s pallet – the special one with all the slats butting up against each other – was about 110 x 110cm. It had 4 stringers in it; the green stringer was 40cm in from the edge. Jodi wanted a square coffee table, with a stacked look (i.e. one pallet stacked on top of another). The only pallet I happened to have on hand was a European one that was 80cm x 100cm, so we decided to make the table 80cm x 80cm.
So, all I had to do was cut Jodi’s pallet down to size and move the yellow stringer out a bit. This effectively meant I had to cut through the nails of the yellow stringer, but this really wasn’t hard with the reciprocating saw:
(The table actually ended up being more like 80cm x 82cm because otherwise I would have had to trim down one of the end slats, which would have looked funny.)
The second pallet – the European one – was the right width but too long. So I used the reciprocating saw to cut through the nails attaching the slats to the blocks on both the end and middle sections (yellow in the pic above) and moved them to the right spot.
I found the right spot by sitting this pallet on top of jodi’s, so that everything lined up. Then I nailed the supports into place and trimmed down the slats.
Jodi wanted the holes in the coffee table to be functional, so I nailed extra slats to the undersides of both pallets, to create shelves for magazines etc:
Next, I joined the pallets together by nailing and screwing in the least obvious places. I used 75cm screws on a 45 degree angle, going through the blocks on the bottom pallet and up into the stringers of the top pallet.
Then, wheels. These are just your basic swivel wheels from your local hardware store, about $3 or $4 each.
Finally, I gave it all a good sand and coated it with 2 coats of interior clear polyurethane, to protect it from dings and spills.
Looks stunning in Jodi’s beautifully designed living room!