We found some pallets and so we decided to make a pallet table DIY. Originally we wanted to make the pallet table for our kitchen. But after the project was finished we decided we liked it better as an outside table.
After doing our kitchen makeover and adding benches we’ve realized that the table in there just doesn’t work. We really need a square table instead of a round table and a pedestal table would be perfect so we’re not having to constantly push the table back and forth.
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I found a free pedestal round table on Facebook Marketplace, so I jumped on it thinking I could just take the round table off and use the pedestal base.
We had some free pallet wood and I thought it would make an interesting table. So we set to work creating a pallet table for our kitchen.
The pallet wood is mostly all different widths so plates won’t sit flush on the table. But it still looks amazing, so we decided to use it outside.
Had I known we were going to use it outside at the beginning, I probably would have made it more rectangular than square, but hey it is what it is! To make the pallet wood work for an indoor table you really need a planer.
Pallet Table DIY
First, we started off by measuring the area we wanted the table to be. Since we made this table for the kitchen, we were working with a small space and decided that the table should be 41″ by 41″.
John started off by building a base for the pallet wood to sit on out of scrap 2×4’s. We used the kreg jig pocket hole system to connect the 2×4’s together to create a square that measure 40″ by 40″ which would allow the pallets to hang over 1″.
Then, we put supports in the middle and attached them with pocket holes as well. The support beams are for the legs to sit on and to have something to attach the pallet wood too.
Instead of removing all the nails from the pallet wood, John used a jig saw to cut straight up the wood to remove the nails and side supports. I laid all the wood out on the 2×4 base and marked to make our cuts to make sure we ended up with the right size table.
Making the Table
After all the wood was cut, I worked in sections gluing all the pallet wood to the base and then using a nail gun to nail them into place.
It was about half way through this process that I figured out it probably wasn’t going inside. But I pushed through anyway.
We sanded down the top of the table to give it a cohesive look and try to flatten the top. Sanding it didn’t really work out like we had hoped.
We tried the table inside, but like I said we ultimately decided that wasn’t the right spot. With two small kids it just seemed like it would be more of a headache.
We now have a place to sit and watch the kids play. And place to do outdoor dinner, which the kids love! So overall our mini mistake turned out just fine.
And we still have the pedestal base to make a new table for the kitchen!
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