How To Make A Coffee Table From Pallets

Nothing is more appealing than having a beautiful, rustic pallet coffee table right in the middle of your living room. I used my Ryobi Jigsaw to cut notches out of my Purebond Plywood so that it will fit between the table legs. I didn’t have any luck finding plans to go off, so we came up with our own and documented the entire process so you can easily create your own whiskey or wine barrel coffee table. I’m kind of getting tired of it (just admitting that makes me feel like I’m betraying an old friend) and this project makes me drool.

I went with the stronger ones and the table is still holding strong at a friends house. If you look at the photo below you can see the depth of the barrel where the base attaches is 13 inches. And, because this is a coffee table and it will see lots of ware and tear, I applied two coats of Rust-Oleum Polyurethane in Matte finish. It’s big, beautiful, and a perfect fit for our space, but if you don’t need a massive table like this one, you can either: make adjustments to these plans OR check out Gina’s table, which is quite a bit smaller. However in this case I want to make the top look thicker (aesthetics), so I am going to add four 1/4″ x 1 7/16″ slats to the lower outer face of the top boards.

Clearly a light-looking turned-leg Shaker table or an airy Danish Modern design was not going to cut it. This piece had to be physically and visually substantial — it needed to support at least two pairs of feet and not move under the load — as well as not look so delicate as to discourage informal kick-back comfort. They can be used in so many ways and making pallets furniture ends up much cheaper then buying some in a store. Craig has written feature articles for Fine Woodworking magazine, as well as five woodworking and woodcarving books from Schiffer Publishing, including Creating Coffee Tables. When designing your own coffee table, keep a few basic spacing guidelines in mind.

An old door , cut and mounted onto a castored platform, not only serves as a coffee table, but also creates a storage cubby for your relaxation essentials. Perfect in pairs in order to create a flexible entertaining space, these coffee tables are made with plated slotted angles and a bit of plywood. Ok I just ordered these legs and can’t wait for them to get here to build this table!!

By recycling an old wooden spool and inspired by an idea from Country Living , The Crafter’s Cottage made a magnificent library coffee table to show off their favorite books and treasures. The first step to building the table is finding a whiskey or wine barrel for the project. Cut out all boards except H. To get the best fit, you will measure and precisely cut out each of the boards H to fit the table. I recently found your blog and I’m wanting to DIY an oval coffee table ottoman.

Use the base pieces from your disassembled pallets, cut, and attach to the underside of your tabletop. HomeTalk blogger Laura Jane Fox used wood varnish to polish off her DIY coffee table made from four crates turned on their sides, but you can experiment with bolder colors of paint to create even more of a statement piece for your living room. This sleek and elegant table is the ideal addition to a modern or minimalist home. Drill pilot holes, then use wood screws to attach the plates, securing the pallets together. I’d recommend cutting each base piece the same width as the widest part of the barrel.

Since the entire table is on wheels, you could spin it around every few days to get a new, fresh view of your favorite things! In addition to acting as a cooler, this functional table can be used to store blankets, pillows, firewood, and other household items. Like the diligent, focused person I am, I carefully balanced my plate on a sofa cushion, grabbed my laptop and began perusing Pinterest for coffee table ideas.

Simply add some interestingly carved wooden legs to a pallet and you’ve got yourself a coffee table. Cut the stock to length approximately 3 inches (7.5 cm) less than the length and width of the table top. If you wanted a clean surface on the top you could also go to a glass cutter and have a piece cut to size for under $30 typically. You will be listing your top three favourite tables by builders name, the voting form is on the final page. The extra inch allows the tabletop to overlap the base and give you a lip on each side. I knew from the start that I wanted my table to look organic” with not many straight lines.


Prepping the tree stump for the coffee table in the family room at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, FL. After putting together this easier-than-it-looks DIY coffee table with untreated Douglas Fir wood, use wood stain to add color to your creation, then distress the edges with a sander to give it a rustic feel. I played with a few different ideas for the shape of the top and I ended making the sides concave and the end convex. That will give you enough leg room, while still making the table a comfortable distance to reach out to and set drinks.

I then assembled the three top boards using two 90° clamp fixtures at the top finished joints. Use a simple C-Clamp to secure this rip fence sliding jig to your table saw to ensure consistently angled cuts on your coffee table beams. Built entirely from scratch, our next DIY coffee table by Ana White and The Friendly Home is absolutely breathtaking with its rustic hardware and grey weathered finish. I was able to shop for my supplies, make my cuts, and build the table all within just a few hours.

Sanding the tree stump for the coffee table in the family room at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, FL. Perhaps you already have one laying around, and want to learn how to restore an old factory cart. I have been a fan of these window tables for a long time now because I absolutely love repurposing projects. The table will fit more planks to make-up the table top if each board is cut down to 2-1/2 inches. Transforming wooden pallets is such an easy task, one that has many advantages besides the low project cost.

I framed the top and bottom of my base (the horizontal sections) and then added the vertical supports, one in each corner and then two in the middle (one on each long side). Prepare for summer time with this useful creative patio table that will come in handy on those hot summer days. The miter guide has an elongated attachment secured to it. The attachment measures roughly 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 14 inches, and provides a solid and stable base for mounting the top boards. We used salvaged window sash weights because they were an interesting upcycle, were the right length, added to the character of the piece, and we happened to have a lot of them!

Using the needle from the bottom as a guide, place a few staples around the hole on top of the fabric, as shown in the photo. In this tutorial you’ll find out what tools are needed, where to source a barrel, and how to turn that old worn-out barrel into the coolest piece of furniture in your home (or out on the patio!). Our next DIY table is perfect for a modern, industrial style home (I’m talking to you lucky loft owners!). For a vibrant fresh design choose a rather thick wood slice and add it on top of a set of 3 hairpin legs painted in a bright pop color.

With an estimated 2 billion pallets being used every day, and many more sitting around, no wonder so many projects have been done using pallets. To attach it to the bottom apron, I just laid the table on it’s side and worked my way around, making sure to keep the plywood flush with the top of the boards, as I went. Next, learn Craig’s straightforward approach for creating mortise and tenon joinery and custom tapered table legs. And by the way- this table when completed- will require the help of a few neighbors to carry (it’s heavy). The stretcher and legs were also cut on the joint between the base and the legs went through a couple of iterations.

I’m going to make mine rectangular, but I’m going to use 1″ wood on the top and lower shelf (just in the middle sections; I think it will still have the appearance of being 2″ thick.) Thanks for the great drawings and instructions. You can recycle an old coffee table and give it a French touch with a new handmade marble top.Choose a white plain marble that will contrast boldly with a black grout. Using the table saw, make a stopped cut on your slats, giving yourself some room to finish making the curved part of the slat. I opted to add a few boxes to the bottom of the crates to make our coffee table higher.

In our case, there were two particularly deep chainsaw blade marks that were left to add character to the finished table and help tell the story of how it came to be. We recently had great success building my mom a farmhouse table using 2x8s I thought we may be able to achieve similar results to this table using a combination of 2x8s, 4x4s, and 2x4s.

I’m making one this week but going to build the crates myself from reclaimed barn wood I’ve acquired then make the table. After putting this table together using plywood and sheet metal, bloggers Joshua and Sarah Rhodes planted herbs inside the table’s built-in metal planter box. Measure, cut, mark, predrill and place your next row of tabletop boards on the top of the table. You can do more detailed sanding if you don’t want your table to look as rustic.

As with all the coffee tables on our list, be sure to adjust the leg lengths to coordinate with your couch’s height. If you have a Kreg Jig , awesome, use it. If not, go back to step 3 and screw your plywood base into the pallet base pieces before you attach the tabletop wood. Now, check out our favorite DIY, high style-low budget coffee tables, and get to work!