DIY Pallet Coffee Table

DIY Coffee Table | The Merrythought
Another pallet DIY today.  We just love our reclaimed wood projects. I’ve been wanting Mike to make a new coffee table for our living room for a while now (yet another project on the Mike-to-make list). We recently received an email from dremelweekends.com asking if we would like to check out their site and pick a project to try out ourselves, and when I saw a reclaimed wood table on their project list, I thought it would be perfect for the coffee table I’d been wanting.
DIY Coffee Table | The Merrythought
This was the table inspiration for our coffee table, we made some changes though to make it work with our needs and style. I wanted a shelf to be able to store magazines and books (and let’s be real – toys, because you know my boys will be filling that space with cars and trucks!). I’m so happy with how it turned out, I’m loving my new coffee table. And loving my Michael for all his hard work.
DIY Pallet Wood Coffee Table | The Merrythought
The Dremel Weekends site is full of great DIY ideas. If you need inspiration for a project to tackle, browsing their site will definitely give you ideas. From things to make for your house, to keeping you more organized – they even have games and kid-inspired projects (I spotted a soapbox car I think three little boys would love to have!).  It’s definitely worth checking out and getting inspired to start making!
DIY Pallet Wood Coffee Table | The Merrythought
Pallet Wood Coffee Table | The Merrythought
Pallet Wood Coffee Table | The Merrythought
(The materials and directions here are for making a coffee table just like ours (with a chevron pattern and shelf) – obviously it can be customized to how you would like, but these particular materials and steps are for this style.)

What you need:
Pallet or Reclaimed Wood
Plywood (sized for your tabletop – top & bottom)
3×4 posts (or any size desired) – we used old framing lumber
Dremel Multi-Max MM20
Circular Saw
Circular Saw Guide or Table Saw
Yard Stick
Stain
Drill
Screws
Glue (any type is fine, wood glue is best, Elmers will work too)
Mitre Box
Nail Gun
Nails
Sand Paper
Polyurethane

How to do it:
Step1
Break down the pallets into individual boards. Separate boards from pallet using the Dremel Multi-Max tool to cut the nails (or use a hammer and pry bar).
Remove all nails from the pallet wood.
Step2
Using a circular saw, cut the plywood to the size you want your tabletop to be.
We wanted the pallet boards to be narrower to work better with the chevron pattern, so we sized ours down to 2.5 inches. To do this use a table saw or circular saw fitted with a guide, and trim boards to desired size.
Draw a line down the center of your plywood. This will be the guide to line up the boards.
Using the Dremel Multi-Max with the sanding attachment, lightly sand pallet boards. You can do more detailed sanding if you don’t want your table to look as rustic.
Step4
I wanted the boards to have more of a contrast in color, so we stained a few of the boards to get them darker.
Using the mitre box, cut the ends of the pallet boards at a 45º angle.
To make the shelf under the table, use the three boards from the middle (or inside) of the pallet, and cut to the size of your tabletop using circular saw.
Step5
Attach the three boards to the plywood tabletop using a drill and screws. Place a board at each end and one centered in the middle.
Arrange the pallet boards in the pattern you like, using the line you drew as a guide. (The boards will hang over the edge of your plywood)
Step6
Apply glue to back of pallet boards and lay them on top of the plywood. (The glue helps to hold the boards in place while nailing and you won’t need to use as many nails with glue).
Using nails and nail gun, nail the pallet boards to the plywood. (We used brad nails).
Step7
Once all the pallet boards are nailed down, draw a line where your tabletop edge is and using a circular saw, cut the pallet boards down to size.
Step8
Using additional pallet wood, make a frame for the table edge.  Cut the wood to the thickness of your tabletop, plus an additional 1/8″.
Mitre the ends of the boards at a 45º angle.
Nail boards to sides of table to create frame.
Using a circular saw, cut another piece of plywood to fit to the boards on the bottom of your table. I wanted the outside edges to be pallet wood, so we cut two pallet boards to size to fit at the edges, and sized the plywood to fit between those. You can just use one piece of plywood here if desired.
Step9
Drill holes in the pallet boards (or plywood if you’re just using that) where the legs will attach.
Screw the board to the legs.
Step10
Once all four legs are attached to your pallet boards, set the plywood in-between and screw it in place.
Set the bottom part of the table on top of the upside down tabletop.  Drill pilot holes into the bottom of the table.
Step11
Screw together the two pieces.
Flip table over and sand any rough spots.
If desired, coat table with polyurethane, following directions on can for use and dry times.
Pallet Coffee Table | The Merrythought
DIY Pallet Wood Table  |  The Merrythought
DIY Pallet Wood Table  |  The Merrythought

Here’s to pallets!  xo.  Manda

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24 thoughts on “DIY Pallet Coffee Table”

  1. I looove pallets furniture! We have a pallet coffee table, a tv stand, home office desk and even our king size bed made of pallets! They can be used in so many ways and making pallets furniture ends up much cheaper then buying some in a store. Great tutorial!
    -Suzana
    (thisgirlloooves.blogspot.com)

  2. It’s beautiful! What a great reclaimed project. Can I ask what color is on the walls in that room? I’ve been looking for that exact color for my bedroom. Thanks!

    1. Hi Alicia – unfortunately I don’t know the paint color. :( The walls have been this color for over 10 years and I don’t have a paint can that I can look at to let you know. So sorry!

    1. Hi Kathryn – the table took about half a day to make – the longest time was waiting for the stain to dry. Putting the coats of polyurethane on took longer, as we had to let that dry completely between coats, so add another day or two on for that. But the actual time to assemble the table is fairly quick if you’re handy with tools. I think we may have used 2 pallets for this. It will really depend on the pallet though, they are different sizes and some have a little more wood on them than others. But it shouldn’t take more than 3. I hope you’re able to give it try – we love our table! It’d be an amazing Christmas present!!

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