This one of a kind recycled wood pallet table is a great DIY weekend project and will make a versatile modern-industrial addition to your home!
- Move it around: convenient swivel wheels make it easy to move it where you need it.
- Store your stuff: storage compartments to keep your magazines, books, and electronic divices handy.
- Make it last: a protective clear coat simplifies cleaning while increasing durability!
You won’t be able to find a piece of furniture with all of these qualities at any store, so find yourself some good looking pallets and learn how to ‘do it yourself’!
Note: See wood pallet desk and wood pallet dining table at the bottom of the page!
- 2 wood pallets
- Sander and sand paper
- Safety glasses (to avoid getting dust in your eyes)
- Dust mask or hankie (to cover your mouth and nose)
- Gloves (to protect your hands from splinters and stains)
- DIY wood stain (white vinegar and steel wool)
- Optional: wood varnish (for maximum protection and long lasting quality)
- Brush (to apply the stain and the varnish)
- Long wood screws
- 4 swivel casters (wheels)
TIP: To protect your floors while working on your table, place some protective tarp on the floor before you set up your working station.
DIY Wood Stain: Put a pad of steel wool in a glass jar, cover it with white vinegar and loosely place the lid on the jar (oxygen needs to enter the jar and gases need to exit the jar, if you tighten the lid, your glass jar might crack or even explode from the pressure). Let the vinegar and steel wood solution sit for a day or two (the longer you wait, the darker the stain will be). Note: This homemade wood stain solution is misleading. It looks very light in color, but it gets darker as it dries. Make sure that before you stain your wood item, you try the stain on a sample piece of wood. Apply a little wood stain in the back side of the wood or on a residue piece of wood and wait until it dries. If it is too dark, dilute the solution with some water. If it is not dark enough, let it sit for another 6-12 hours or a whole extra day and repeat the test. Once you have reached the desired wood stain color, get a brush and stain your master piece! Note: The stain color might be lighter or darker depending on the type of wood used.
Get to work!
1. Sanding: This is the first thing you are going to do once you have gathered all your materials and you are ready to start. Put your protective equipment on—glasses, mask and gloves—and start sanding! Sand as much as you want, depending on how meticulous you want to be, but do your best to get rid of rough spots and splinters. Use an electric sander and/or manual sanding as necessary and convenient. Once you are satisfied with the smoothness of your pallet, wipe it down and get ready to stain.
2. Staining: With a brush or an old rug, apply a coat of your homemade wood stain to the sanded wood. In order to see the final color of the stained wood, you have to allow the stain to completely dry.
3. Varnishing: With the brush, apply a coat of protective varnish to the entire surface (follow manufacturers’ directions for application and drying times).
4. Pallets assembling and wheels installation: Once the varnish has completely dried, get your screws and drill and put your two pallets together. Depending on what size of pallets you got and your table design, use as many screws as you consider necessary. First use the drill to make a small-guide hole for the screws, then screw the screws through the holes. In this table, 6 long wood screws were used to attach the small pallet to the large pallet, one in each corner and two in the middle. Once your pallets are attached to each other, proceed with the wheels installation. Set a wheel in each corner, drill the holes, and screw the screws.
5. Flip your table over, wipe it down, wag your tail, puff out your feathers, and roll your new awesome table to your favorite location!
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Enjoy your new homemade eco-friendly table and get ready to receive many complements!
For more recycling and furniture restoration projects, visit GSU’s Reduce & Recycle section.
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