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Up-cycled shipping pallet coffee table for under $20

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Project by SirSalamander posted 03-06-2012 08:24 PM 3105 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

3 hours and lots of F bombs dismantling a very old shipping pallet with a pry bar, hammer, and jigsaw.
3 hours cutting (Delta table saw), sanding (orbital sander), and assembling with wood glue and wood screws.
4 days finishing (boiled linseed oil, thinner, ash from my fire pit), then 4 coats of satin poly.

A very very easy and rewarding project, plus….I didn’t want to spend $200 on some chipboard garbage, and I REALLY needed a new coffee table.





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#1 posted 03-06-2012 08:30 PM

Really nice!

What’s your process for using ash in the finishing?

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SirSalamander

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 09:23 PM

It’s a fairly simple process. I took a handful of ash and charred chunks of wood from my fire pit, then I ground it all up into fine powder. Then I mixed it in with my linseed oil and thinner, jarred it, let it sit over night. What I loved about it was how it darkened the already dark areas of the lumber without clouding any of the grain and provided it with a really nice warm contrast.

#3 posted 03-06-2012 09:53 PM

Great idea and it look very nice.

-- http://www.landwoodworks.com (L an D Woodworks)

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 11:50 PM

Great idea with the ash, thanks for the details.

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#5 posted 03-07-2012 12:56 AM

isn’t it nice how old junk like that can look so good! I make most of my furniture from recycled pallet wood as well, nicely done!

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#6 posted 03-07-2012 01:08 AM

Looks great man.

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

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#7 posted 03-07-2012 01:17 AM

Nice work.

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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#8 posted 03-07-2012 01:48 AM

Thanks for all the kind words and support guys. I’m off to a good start!

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#9 posted 03-07-2012 04:33 AM

Try something like this next time….

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/62026

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SirSalamander

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#10 posted 03-07-2012 02:13 PM

Geez, I need to get into metal work now because I NEED that. I’ll give it a shot. Thanks for the link.

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