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Pallet Wood Recycling: Patio Table

comments (2) July 16th, 2012 in Reader's Gallery

craftedbyethan craftedbyethan, member
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Hello All,

To see more of my work and read my blog, visit:

Recently I have set up a great deal with a local store to get their used pallets for free and all I have to do is pick em up. So I decided to start a blog about my work, but I wanted to bring each project by itself as well.

So as you see from the gallery I have built a rustic patio table and bench set with pallet wood. At first it was a little bit daunting deciding how I wanted to build the table and how it would look because I did not want a typical picnic table design. So after a few drawings I went for the design you see below. I started it out with retrieving the wood and making sure I didn't destroy the pieces in the process. I picked out each piece that I used for this project from like pallets that had similar dimensions and wood type.

THIS IS WHERE A PLANER & JOINER WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT!But alas I don't have either one yet. So I made do with my hand saw, skill saw (7,1/4), BD Hand Sander, Drill and Titebond III glue (I may consider using liquid nails in a future project).

After I sanded and glued the top together (using straps as a makeshift clamp… don't have those yet either) I put together the top base and legs. I have to say it took alot of sanding to get it down to an acceptable flatness before I could weather proof and stain, but I am very happy with the top as it retains a rustic feel to it. And after some testing the water beads up very nicely.

The benches were much easier to assemble and look great. I wanted to inlay the seat boards but leave a rounded lip just above the line for the side boards.

In the end with much more practice I can see alot of great, quality projects with pallet wood. Check out my blog on blogger at: and here on lumber jocks:

Design or Plan used: Not specified

posted in: Reader's Gallery, bench, pallet, pallet table, pallet wood, pallet wood bench, patio table, recycled project

Comments (2)

brettg311 brettg311 writes: Fantastic use of materials. thanks. Umbrella stand hole is a great touch.
Posted: 7:36 pm on October 6th

morrdigan morrdigan writes: Looks great, especially for not having the tools and clamps. I am in the process of making a pallet wood table as well. I was kind of unsure without having a biscuit joiner but it looks like it turned out fine for you. Gave me the motivation I need to finish mine!
Posted: 9:45 am on July 17th

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