DIY Projects: How to Make a Pallet Workbench

We love seeing things people make out of repurposed pallet wood. We decided on a workbench as our first project, because it is perfect for DIY purposes. This would also make a great pallet worktable for crafts or allow you cheap extra table space wherever you need it.

We look forward to building more pallet furniture, adding stains and finishes, doing a variety of other things with pallets.

Materials needed to build a pallet workbench:

  • Safety glasses
  • ear plugs
  • work gloves
  • pencil
  • measuring tape
  • screws (3″ and 1 1/4″)
  • drill
  • circular saw
  • 2×4’s

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Finding  Pallets

The absolute best part of all about wooden shipping pallets is that they can routinely be had for free. Totally no-cost, free lumber that could be sanded if you were aiming to make something pretty but that is pretty versatile just the way it comes. Free.

If there is a transfer yard for eighteen-wheeler trucks in the area, a distribution hub for almost anything – canned goods to party supply manufacturers to aircraft parts – or a major LDS cannery nearby, chances are good you’re sitting on the ability to pick up a free shipping pallet. In some cases they’ll return good ones to the source, but almost all of them have sad, lonely piles where some of the boards have cracked or come loose. Most will be delighted to have somebody pick them up. If not, well, Mister Resourceful Raccoon would find a way to save them.

Freebie websites like Craigslist routinely have pallets in my area. So do Lowes and Home Depot, several local growers for retailers like Homestead, local nurseries, landscaping supplies and contracting companies, and several tire repair and retail outlets. There are too many places to get free shipping pallets to spend money on anything that calls for 2x4s or 1x4s.