I saw this post about making an outdoor table from used pallets. We occasionally get deliveries on pallets at my work so I snagged a couple and decided to try it. I love the way it turned out! You’ll need to read the tutorial or else what I’m going to tell you might not make sense.
Now for a couple notes about this project.
- I would rate this as a super-duper easy building project. Try it, you can do it.
- I hand-sanded the pallets. Dumb idea. It takes forever, hurts your shoulder and you’ll find spots that still aren’t smooth.
- I had my 4×4’s cut to 8 inches instead of six because I wanted a taller table. I don’t have a saw yet so I just had them do it for me at the hardware store; they only charged me a dollar.
- I pre-drilled all of my holes before putting the screws in. It makes the screws go in easier and helps keep the wood from splitting. My 4×4 was crap.
- I used the same stain from my previous post about aging new wood. It went on SO MUCH DARKER. I think it is because it was exposed to air for a bit while stained the garden box. I didn’t have enough for all of the table and I figured out about half way through staining that I could dilute it with water for a softer color and to make it last longer.
So what’s in store for part two? I have a new batch of stain in progress. This weekend I plan on sanding the table with a finishing sander and then re-staining it with a mixture of 1/2 stain and 1/2 water. I don’t want to seal my garden box because of the chemicals but I might seal the table. We’ll see. Stay tuned.
Now, let’s talk about the pallet furniture trend we’re all seeing all over Pinterest. Why is it important to reuse pallets? According to this website, about 1/4 of all the wood in landfills comes from shipping pallets. I have no idea how accurate that statistic really is, but look around when you visit stores, you will notice a LOT of pallets and a lot of them end up in the dumpster. So yeah, take them from the dumpsters and make stuff.
That’s all for now!