Sara's Coffee Table, that's right baby, nothing but Pallets.

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Project by rweitz posted 02-07-2016 05:29 AM 1445 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another coffee table from the Ana White site, this time for a friend of the family.

Again I used the specs from this 2×4 construction design and modified it to fit my pallet wood stock.
I did use 2×4’s for the legs, but built panels with bracing for the lower shelf and a double layer of cross layered pallet boards for the top. I used box joints from my new jig for the detail work on the top layer.

I got a cheep craigslist lunchbox thickness planer, $35, to add to my collection and work this pallet wood. Don’t have to worry about wrecking it at that price so I’m happy, and it does a good enuff job for my “first pass” on this stuff.
Those things sure turn out a lot of debris! After construction I sand down to flatness, or at least smoothness with 80 grit and a craigslist belt sander($15 – I have gotten some great deals there).

This is my first project with a grey “weathered” Pottery barn look. I used the Varathane brand “weathered gray” (used to be Rustoleum brand, got it from the orange store) it has an opaqueness to it that helped smooth out the splotchy nature of working in this type of wood, and Sara liked the look.

finished with a clear matte topcoat, my go-to Arm-R-Seal.

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#1 posted 02-07-2016 11:28 AM

The finger joints on the top make an ordinary table not an ordinary table – great idea The weathered finish is a highlight as well

doncha just love CL

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#2 posted 02-07-2016 03:41 PM

Great work on them pallet boards, they are a lot of work just to get them to a useable state.

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#3 posted 02-07-2016 04:06 PM

You are truely getting some finely crafted projects out of pallets. Wow!

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#4 posted 02-07-2016 07:06 PM

wood that most people would throw in the dumpster you turned into a beautiful table,i really love the box joint joinery not only strong but a great look-5 stars.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 02-07-2016 07:06 PM

Love that grey weathered finish. Has a bit of blue in it too.
Nice job !

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#6 posted 02-08-2016 02:14 PM

How did you do the “X” supports on the ends? Is it 3 pieces or did you use a half lap joint? I’m trying to build a table for someone and want to do “X” style legs with half lap joints but am having trouble figuring out how to get the joint exactly where I want it.



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#7 posted 02-10-2016 03:09 AM

I love working with pallet wood since the cost fits my budget and lets me make all the mistakes I can stand.

In case you were wondering, I used 2×4’s from pallets for the legs, not new ones.

JK1972 – on the “X” bracing I used 3 pcs. I considered a lap joint but just got lazy. Even so it was a bit of work to get it right. I cut the long piece first, butted to the bottom and just under the table top by about 1/4” or so. That lets you fit it in there and the gap at the top is not visible in normal use. Once I got that piece trimmed and then finish trimmed into position I wedged it in and did the bottom one, and then clamped a “4th” long piece to it to use as a guide for the third piece to get the proper angle and gap when I glued and toe-nailed everything together. I figured it to be mostly decorative, but with glue and just a couple nails in each piece it’s strong enough to lift the table. It did take a bit of trial and error to get the perfect fit for the 2nd and 3rd pcs. Mill down some extra stock for that in case you trim to much off.

Of course that NEVER HAPPENED to me. (I think the air in my shop might still be a bit blue from some of the language I used fitting those parts)

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