Another 3 pallet DIY today. I just love our reclaimed wood projects.
They are free and very versatile. They can be repurposed to build anything you want. With pallets, you can create home furnitures for practically free.
There’s just one problem:
It’s hard to find good guides, tutorials, plans, or instructions on how to build something with pallet. There’s absolutely nothing in books or magazines, and you have to dig deep all over the internet to find the one you need.
two things before we start
Before we get started, there are two things I have to tell you. First, where you can get these pallets for free and, second, which ones are safe to use for DIY projects.
How to Get Free Pallets
You can often call small businesses around your area. Usually they have to pay a company to come get the pallets for them so they can be disposed of. If you come get them you save that company money so a lot of times they’ll just give them to you.
It is also wise to checks sites like local yard sale pages and Craigslist. People will often advertise if they have pallets that need to be disposed of in hopes that someone will come get them.
Here’s where/how you can get pallets for free:
- Small business (hardware store, pet supplies store, furniture store)
- Newspaper companies
- Construction site
- New business openings
Make sure to ask someone first before taking pallets, even if you find them on a dumpster.
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We made this pallet project a couple of years ago, when we were very new to building any sort of structure, and if I were to do it over again, I would probably do a million things differently. But the overall process would be about the same and using pallets is an economical and sustainable way to build any structure you might need.
I am going to let the pictures do most of the talking, so here we go!
1. Making PALLET COFFEE TABLE
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 Guide or Table Saw
Glue (any type is fine, wood glue is best, Elmers will work too)
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.
2. DIY Pallet Barn
Our barn is 10′ x 10′. Each pallet is 48″ x 40″, so we used 3 pallets per side to make the 10′ length. We connected the pallets together with 3 inch lag bolts.
We purchased 4×4 posts for the corners and around the doorway. These posts are secured into the ground. The second story of pallets was connected to the corner posts, as well as connected to the first story pallets using recycled boards from around our homestead.
We were working on a major hill, so we had a lot to do in order to make the structure level. We added blocks for support in most areas, and added some smaller pallets to reduce the gap size between the ground the the pallets. We took apart a few pallets and used the wood to make the supports for the roof slope.
Because of the hill, the barn ended up being closer to 10′ tall instead of the intended 8′ height. But, I love how it turned out, and our goats are very happy in their pallet barn!
3. DIY PICNIC TABLE FROM PALLET WOOD
For this project I used:
- 1 pallet
- 2- 2x4x8′ pressure treated boards (this is for the legs)
- 3″ wood screws
- stain, paint, or water sealer
The first thing I did was demo the pallet. I used a reciprocating saw, hammer, and a pry bar. I cut through the nails on each side of the pallet first and then used the pry bar and hammer to remove the boards from the center 2×4.
Next, I marked and cut all my pieces. For the pressure treated 2×4’s, I started by cutting a 30 degree angle on the end and then measured 26″ and cut another 30 degree angle. I did that 4 times to get each of my legs. I cut 2 pallet 2×4’s to 40″ for the seat supports and the other pallet 2×4 into thirds, about 16.5″. I then cut 30 degree angles on each end of the 3- 16.5″ boards. These will go under the table top boards. I picked 5 of the best looking pallet boards for the top of the table and 2 for each seat.
Next, I attached the top boards to the supports. I planned to drill a hole in the top for an umbrella so I off centered the middle support, so my hole would be center and would not hit the 2×4.
After the table top was finished I laid it standing up on one of it’s ends. I laid one of the seat supports down first and then 2 of the legs on top of it. The 2 legs met at the middle of the center table top board. The seat support was in the middle of the legs. I made sure to make the distance from the bottom of the legs to the top of the seat support the same on both side of the table. Now, I secured the boards with wood screws.
After I did that same step to the other end I added another support between each of the seat supports. I forgot to include this board in the supply list. You could use a 2×4 but I just used an extra pallet board because it was already the right length.
Next, I stood the table back up right and attached the pallet wood seat tops. Now all the table needed was a little sanding and some paint, stain, or just water sealer, if you like the weathered gray look.
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