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Pallet coffee table

It’s easy to create this rustic style coffee table using old pallets and reclaimed timber.

How to build a pallet coffee table

Ways with wood with Mark Rayner - Project 92

Difficulty level: Challenging

You will need

  • 65mm screws
  • 90mm screws
  • 50mm x 25mm reclaimed timber
  • Clean cloth
  • Drill with 3mm drill bit
  • Electric sander
  • Hammer
  • Large clamp
  • Paint stirrer
  • Paintbrush
  • Resene Aquaclear satin
  • Sandpaper
  • Saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Two wooden pallets

To get the look: Mark varnished the wooden floor with Resene Polythane.

Other ideas: For a pale wood grain effect finish the table with Resene Colorwood Whitewash.

How to build a pallet coffee table

Step 1
Step one
Using the hammer, carefully disassemble one of the wooden pallets and remove all nails.
Step 2
Step two
Take two of the larger sections of wood and cut into four 450mm lengths to form the table legs.
Step 3
Step three
Smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.
Step 4
Step four
Clamp one of the lengths of wood to the underside of the second pallet, as shown, and fix with 90mm screws, drilling pilot holes first. Repeat with the other lengths of wood to form the table legs.
Step 5
Step five
Measure, mark and cut the 50mm x 25mm reclaimed timber to fit between the gaps in the table top and fix with 65mm screws. Again, drill pilot holes first.
Step 6
Step six
Sand the entire table using the electric sander and then wipe off any sanding residue with a clean cloth.
Step 7
Step seven
Carefully stir the Resene Aquaclear.
Step 8
Step eight
Apply three coats of Resene Aquaclear to the table allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

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