Patio Table with benches from Pallet wood

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Project by Ethan Harris posted 07-13-2012 04:04 PM 4501 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All,

My first finished project is part of my recycling pallet wood blog located here: &

Recently I have set up a great deal with a local store to get their used pallets for free and all I have to do is pick em up. So I decided to start a blog about my work, but I wanted to bring each project by itself as well.

So as you see from the gallery I have built a rustic patio table and bench set with pallet wood. At first it was a little bit daunting deciding how I wanted to build the table and how it would look because I did not want a typical picnic table design. So after a few drawings I went for the design you see below. I started it out with retrieving the wood and making sure I didn’t destroy the pieces in the process. I picked out each piece that I used for this project from like pallets that had similar dimensions and wood type.

But alas I don’t have either one yet. So I made do with my hand saw, skill saw (7,1/4), BD Hand Sander, Drill and Titebond III glue (I may consider using liquid nails in a future project).

After I sanded and glued the top together (using straps as a makeshift clamp… don’t have those yet either) I put together the top base and legs. I have to say it took alot of sanding to get it down to an acceptable flatness before I could weather proof and stain, but I am very happy with the top as it retains a rustic feel to it. And after some testing the water beads up very nicely.

The benches were much easier to assemble and look great. I wanted to inlay the seat boards but leave a rounded lip just above the line for the side boards.

In the end with much more practice I can see alot of great, quality projects with pallet wood. Check out my blog on blogger at: and here on lumber jocks:

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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#1 posted 07-13-2012 08:29 PM

Without a planer? That’s amazing. Well done Ethan. I also like that deal you scored on the pallets.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 11:21 PM

Nice job mate. I also made a folding table out of palletwood, among other things. The numbers you give in your blog amazed me, I wouldn’t have guessed such a sheer amount of lesser quality wood was turned into pallets each year (they use limbs or first cuts from sawmills, as far as I know).

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 03:32 AM

Thanks Sodabowski and Mark for your comments!

Soda: Great work with your pallet work! I am always glad to see more pallet crafters!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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