Ready For DIY Pallet Crafts?

Not everyone can attest to having enormous pallets at their access–mine happened to be leftover from our recent flagstone patio project (you can read about that here, here, here, and here). I wasn’t about to let them go to waste. See, they’re a lot bigger than the common pallet you often come across, they’re mammoth and strong enough to support thousands of pounds of flagstone, each weighing approximately 60 pounds.

Emily and Cody, ready to build a DIY palette table.

Side note: I can’t take a picture with my dog, Cody, without him howling.

Due to their weight, these pallets weren’t going to be ideal for a wall-hanging piece like you often see, but I did have a project in mind that would make great use of the strong, free materials.

Keep on reading to see how I designed and built my own DIY outdoor pallet table!

See, we have a table that sits on the deck for everyday use (I gave it an update this past spring and it’s held up really, really well all summer), but that table isn’t in close enough proximity to the grill, forcing us to balance plates and juggle spatulas and tongs whilst preparing our summertime favorites. We’ve known for a long time that we really needed to get a small table to sit beside the grill (high enough to be out of the dog’s reach, of course, a constant consideration); while we considered one of the Weber-branded tables that attaches to the grill itself, we tend to move the grill around a bit and didn’t want to make it bulkier. Our biggest point is that we needed something durable enough to be left outdoors in sun and rain.

A pallet table seemed like the perfect fit, so just this week, I got to work creating a new piece of furniture from the pallet that had been sitting in the driveway. I had decided on a design that would leave us with a sideboard-sized table, 48″ wide x 20″ deep (half of the size of the whole palette) to create a generous space for food, drinks, and grilling accessories.

To saw the pallet in half, I used our cordless Sawzall to cut through the boards smoothly.

Cutting a palette with a Sawzall.

Insta-tabletop! I removed the single board from what would be the underside of the pallet table…

Rearranging boards on the palette table.

… and fit it into the gap between the boards on the top of the pallet (surprisingly, a perfect fit with no additional cuts needed!). I was even able to secure the board into place using the original nails.

A solid palette tabletop.

With the whole pallet cut in half, I then pulled other boards from my pallet wood pile and used them as legs (approximately 30″ in length each). The only monetary investment for this project happened to be $8 for eight 1/4″ x 4″ lag bolts, two to attach each leg to the table top. I used clamps, a few pieces of scrap wood, a drillbit to pre-drill holes for the bolts, and a socket wrench to tighten them. Friendly reminder: Square up often so that those legs stand perfectly. I really lucked out with the consistency of my pallet scraps; the ends of the “legs” were cut clean and square, and required no extra trimming.

Securing table legs for my palette table.

I staggered the bolts to prevent them from being wobbly, and they cinched the leg and tabletop frame together almost effortlessly.

Securing lag bolts to attach the legs of my palette table.

The finished piece, currently positioned alongside the garage in the vicinity of where we grill our summer meats and veggies, looks wonderful.

Completed DIY Palette Table.

Completed DIY Palette Table

What virtually free, resourceful furniture have you made lately? Have you ever made anything with scrap pallets?

Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at DIYNetwork.com. You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at facebook.com/merrypad.

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  16. Alicia Dickson says:

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  21. Tara Winter says:

    Love it!! Most businesses have pallets stacked behind their buildings. If you ask, they will allow you to take them. My husband brought some home from his workplace and used them for many projects around our home. He built a huge fence to keep our dogs safe in the back yard. We planed them down used them for trim around our doorways for a country look. He built a wall in the basement. We even used them for our bedroom floor and ceiling. Why not, Its recycled FREE wood! With a little elbow-grease and imagination, you get beautiful boards. We would have spent thousands of dollars in wood alone.

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