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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.

Pallet Table DIY text overlaid on top of a picture of the pallet table outside with three chairs around it.

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.

Square Pallet table outside with three chairs surrounding it

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I found a free 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.

Man using a crowbar to peel up pallet boards

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.

Square pallet table inside with 2 chairs and a bench

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 .

This was a completely free project! We used left over to build the table base, pallet wood we got for free, and that our neighbor gave us.

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 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″.

2x4's making a large square

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.

2x4 square on top of a pedestal base

Instead of removing all the nails from the pallet wood, John used a 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.

Man using a saw to to cut a pallet board apart.

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.

Man using a saw to cut wood

It was about half way through this process that I figured out it probably wasn’t going inside. But I pushed through anyway.

Pallet pieces laid out on top of the 2x4 base

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.

Close up of the pallet table unstained

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.

Square pallet table outside with three chairs surrounding

So we swapped the pedestal base for the metal legs and stuck the table outside. I stained it with a mix of Dark Walnut and Weathered Grey.

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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Monday 3rd of August 2020

Preferred the table as it was & don't like sharp corners.


Wednesday 5th of August 2020

I understand. A square table works better in our kitchen space, so we're hoping to have a square table in there eventually. We already have a round table that I liked better than this round one.


Monday 3rd of August 2020

I love how it turned out!! Where did you get fabric for your outdoor chairs?


Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Thank you! The cushions are from Walmart last year. It's the Mainstays Black and White Tribal Outdoor cushion, but they seem to be out of stock.