As I posted here, I have had a pallet sitting on the side of our house for several months that has been calling out to me to make something with it.
As you can see in my post showing 10 projects you can make with a single pallet, I had several candidate projects for my pallet:
I liked all of the ideas I found on Pinterest, but I ended up choosing to make an end table.Â We have a patio furniture set on our back deck and it would be nice to have an end table between the sofa and chair to have a place to put drinks.Â I decided not to make the exact one I posted about, but instead make my own design.Â Here is the table I made:
To make the table, I first had to disassemble the pallet. After doing some research online, I found that the recommended method for taking apart a pallet is to use a Sawzall.Â So, I had my husband show me how to use the tool since I had never used one before.Â Most of the instructions I found called for using a 12″ blade, but we only had a 6″ blade and that worked just fine and probably made it easier for me to control the tool so as not accidentally cut of a finger or two…. I used the Sawzall to cut through all the nails to remove the boards.
Once all the boards removed, I had this:
These are the boards I had once I took apart the pallet:
- 8 @ 1 x 4 x 30 3/4″
- 2 @ 1 x 6 x 30 3/4″
- 3 @ 1 x 4 x 30 3/4″ (these boards have notches cut into two sections of the board)
I started by making the top frame.Â For these I used the 1 x 4″ notched boards as I wanted the notched portion to be part of the design of the table.Â I cut each board to 15″, making sure the sides of the notches were of equal length.Â Once I had the four boards cut,Â I drilled 1 1/2″ pocket holes into each end of the boards and used 2″ pocket hole screws to attach the boards together.
Once I had the top frame built,Â I used the 1 x 4 boards to make the top.Â I cut five boards to 15″ in length.Â I then ripped the boards down to 3″ in width using the table saw. IÂ drilled 3/4″ pocket holes in each board and attached them together with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.
I then attached the top boards to the top frame using wood glue and 2″ screws (I predrilled the holes first). Hide the screws by placing the screws through the bottom of the top frame into the top boards.
Once the top was assembled,Â I cut four 1″ x 4″ boards to 26″ in length each for the legs.Â I attached these to the inside of top frame using 1 1/4″ screws.
Once the legs were attached, I used the remaining 1″ x 4″ notched board to make bottom shelf support pieces for the front and back, using the notched sections of the board as the main sections.Â I cut the board into two boards at 10 5/8″ each, with the notch in the center of each board.Â I then attached them to the legs 12 1/2″ up from the bottom using 3/4″ pocket holes and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. For the two side bottom shelf support pieces, I cut two 1″ x 4″ boards to 6 1/4″ in length each and attached them to the legs by again drilling 3/4″ pocket holes and using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.
I then used the remaining pieces of 1″ x 4″ boards to make the bottom shelf.Â Two of the boards were still 1″ x 4″ in width and I cut them to 11 1/2″ in length.Â One of the boards was remaining from the top shelf boards and had been ripped down to 3″ in width on the table saw, I cut that board to 11 1/2″ in length.Â For the final bottom shelf board, I ripped a 1″ x 4″ board down to 1 3/4″ to fill the remainder of the space on the bottom shelf.Â I used my band saw to cut out notches for the legs on the two end boards.
Here are some pics of the table prior to staining:
I used Minwax Dark Walnut to stain the end table, and then coated with three coats of Varathane Spar Urethane outdoor in satin finish.
Here are some more pics of the completed end table:
This was a pretty quick build and cost nothing to make because I had the pallet and other supplies already on hand.Â Now I have a cute little table that I can use as part of my back patio set!