Pallet Wood table for under $20

Hi all,

Ann-Louise has been busting me to get an outdoor table and I was determined not to just buy one but build one. So here are the photos of the table I built from pallets and a breakdown of materials and costs. 

Total of 6 pallets were used to make this which I picked up all for free! (note … never pay for pallets. There are plenty around but make sure you get the ones that have been heat treated rather than chemically treated. I will show a pic of what that looks like)

Tub of external timber screws which was about $17 for 500 and I still have heaps left.

2 litres of stain which i picked up from the tip shop at $1 per litre. Easily $40 if you bought from Bunnings.

Its really not that hard and if I can do it I’m sure you can too. Give it a go as its incredibly rewarding and also saves a few $$$ and trees.

 

So as mentioned … step 1 is to collect as many pallets as you can. Cruise industrial areas and scour gumtree.

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Then the fun begins. Dismantling pallets and prep takes the most time. But it really does pay to make the effort. I spent alot of care removing nails as i didn’t want a stray one puncturing tyres.

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Legs and frame are next. I did sand the legs at this point as i knew after it was built it would be much harder!20180503_12014120180503_10233820180503_121536

 

Added a temp centre brace as a guide to line up the boards at 45 degree cuts20180503_12263420180503_15013320180503_16530920180503_165508

 

Trimmed off the edges and put a finishing edge around.20180504_15502920180504_155051

 

Almost there ….. now for sanding … and lots of it! and then time to stain.20180506_161303

The burn mark is what you are looking for to identify the heat treated pallets which are chemical free.20180516_135022

 

and there we have it. Tempted to build in a long ice bucket along the middle of the table but thats for another day. 20180516_135034

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