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 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
Glue (any type is fine, wood glue is best, Elmers will work too)
Mitre Box
Nail Gun
Sand Paper

How to do it:
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.
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.
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.
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)
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

Wanting more pallet projects? Check out our Pallet Swing Bed or Pallet World Map.

Dremel Tool and material compensation provided by Dremel Weekends. All thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

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  • Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 3:19 pm

    Hannah Faith - I’ve been wanting to make one of these for the longest! Great tutorial :)ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    Eva The Human - That’s so awesome I wish I could create that hahaReplyCancel

  • Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 4:03 pm

    Tara Victoria - Gorgeous!! What a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    Alex Maurer - How great! Love the wood.


  • Friday, September 27, 2013 - 5:22 am

    Suzana S. - 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!

  • Friday, September 27, 2013 - 6:59 am

    amiechristo - This is beautiful! And I love all the different shades of brown in the table.ReplyCancel

  • Friday, September 27, 2013 - 9:41 am

    amberleroux - Very nice, I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Friday, September 27, 2013 - 10:30 am

    Jane Yoo - wow. this is really really gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Friday, September 27, 2013 - 2:09 pm

    sarah - um, it’s already been said, but needs to be said again… this is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Friday, September 27, 2013 - 4:40 pm

    madison - Thank you so much for sharing this!! I was at Lowes today trying to figure out how to do something like this to my kitchen table!ReplyCancel

  • Friday, September 27, 2013 - 5:28 pm

    Leah Faye - We just recently shared a palette project over on our blog! I love this coffee table!
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    a clover and a beeReplyCancel

  • Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 11:57 am

    Elizabeth - This reminds me of Ariele Alasko’s work. You should check her out- she’s amazing! Gorgeous table!ReplyCancel

  • Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 8:14 pm

    Stephanie - Another amazing project by Mike! It’s so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 9:17 pm

    Joan - Does Mike do house calls?ReplyCancel

  • Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 5:56 am

    illuminaugust - That’s just amazing! Really great job! Also I love your photos :)ReplyCancel

  • Monday, December 23, 2013 - 6:37 am

    Arun - I like this wooden project very much. it is really great idea to make our home furnished with woods.

  • Monday, March 31, 2014 - 1:18 pm

    April - Hubby & I did this over the weekend. Love love love it! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:27 am

    Alicia - 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!ReplyCancel

    • Monday, April 14, 2014 - 7:34 pm

      Manda - 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!ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:45 am

    Chandler - Looks great! Do you have dimensions so I can do this myself?ReplyCancel

    • Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:27 am

      Manda - Our tabletop is 37″x26″x1.25″ The table is 18″ high. If there are any other particular measurements you want, let me know! So glad you’re building one!ReplyCancel

      • Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 11:43 am

        Chandler - Great! Thanks for replying!
        Also, how many pallets did it take?ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 8:27 am

    Kathryn - This looks incredible! Love the idea – might give it a go for a christmas present! How long did it take you? And roughly how many pallets did it take you?ReplyCancel

    • Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 9:04 am

      Manda - 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!!ReplyCancel

  • Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 9:09 pm

    Thomas - You really had vision on this one. I really like how it turned out. Great tutorial, too.ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 12:07 am

    Joe - Incredible table! Also that rug looks really great too, where is it from Manda?ReplyCancel

    • Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 9:25 am

      Manda - Thanks Joe! The rug was vintage – found at an estate sale (for only $1!!).ReplyCancel

      • Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 7:03 pm

        Joe - that’s amazing! What a find!ReplyCancel

  • Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 12:11 pm

    Hannah - This is great! I’m about to make one for my room! For the boards you did stain, what stain did you use? And about how many boards are stained? I love the look of the different colors on the chevron part and want mine to look like that!ReplyCancel

    • Monday, August 3, 2015 - 9:57 pm

      Manda - Hi Hannah – I can’t remember the exact stain colors we used. We used 2-3 different stains and most likely would have used Minwax brand. How many boards you will need to stain will depend on the wood you’re using – the pallets we had were different shades, some were darker than others to start with. If your boards all seem to be very similar in color, than I would go with at least 3 different shades of stains. You can also do more coats of stain on some boards to get them a little darker. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

      • Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 5:49 am

        Henry - I Like your coment.thanksReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 1:26 am

    Marshall - Your design is great. I was waiting for something like this and perhaps I will shamelessly copy your design of the table. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 4:03 am

    Karim - It’s very nice table! I will make by myself. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 11:53 am

    England Furniture Reviews - Using reclaimed woods to make furniture seems like an interesting way to preserve natural resources. Thanks for the post.ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 3:52 am

    Donald M. Ho - It’s a very good project Manda. You are so dextrous to do that lovely TABLE. It looks simple and cute. It will be my next project. Thanks for sharing your idea.ReplyCancel

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