Pallet coffee table

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Project by KENVO posted 439 days ago 1152 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While browsing through LJ’s a while back I saw garbonsai’s ” Single pallet coffee table” and I knew I was going to have to rip off his idea. I knew my older brother was in need of a coffee table and I thought this project would be perfect.

I measured the seat height of my couch for the height of the table and the size of the top was dictated by the size of the boards after I cut the pallet apart. The top was made entirely out of a really used and abused pallet with pine 2’’ x 4’’ legs milled and cut into 1 1/4’’ square legs and an alder apron. Half inch rabit for the boards to sit into and the outer frame is biscuited together. The legs and apron are pocket screwed together and to the top. 3/8’’ round over bit for the top and 1/4’’ roundover bit for the legs and apron. the top frame was jointed, planed, and and ripped to 1 1/4’’ x 3’’. The stain is colonial maple and there’s a coat of sanding sealer followed by 3 coats of clear gloss poly with a little sanding between each coat.

I gave it to my brother one night when he came over with his wife for a bbq. Before I could surprise him with it he told me that he and his wife had been out a couple days before and and bought new furniture for their living room. I was pretty concerned as he told all the things that they got. Luckily a new coffee table wasn’t bought and my gift was gladly accepted. The last pic is the table in its new home on their new rug in front of the new couch.

Really fun to build and I’m glad I got a chance to use garbonsai’s idea. You cant beat a project / gift that only cost around $10 bucks to build and it only took about a week’s worth of nights.

-- Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.-- Jerry Garcia

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#1 posted 439 days ago

very nice,great work.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 439 days ago

Great job. Like it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 439 days ago

Very good work. I like to recycle the palette, and I like the people who works the palette. And to the environment also. Someone said to me once, with the good wood someone works, the palette is a challenge.
Congratulations from the Basque country.

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#4 posted 439 days ago

Beautiful table, came out really great, nice work. No way to tell that this was once a pallet, and soon to be scrap wood, excellent job.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 439 days ago

Very nice and unique design. Very good used pallet holes.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 438 days ago

took me a moment to figure out why the edges had the cutouts…the i read the title “pallet coffee table” very creative

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 438 days ago

Nice job! Yours is definitely more professional looking and finished than mine, and you managed to knock it out a bit quicker than I did. Regardless, I think my favorite part is knowing I inspired someone else’s design—feels good.

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#8 posted 438 days ago

Thanks everyone for the kind words. It was a good design and a fun project.

-- Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.-- Jerry Garcia

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#9 posted 396 days ago

I like the way you used the forklift holes to accent the edge I wouldn’t have thought of that.

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#10 posted 396 days ago

I was just about to type the same thing Weasle said. Love the fact that you embraced the palletness of the pallet.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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