How to make a DIY pallet coffee table (video)

If you have access to reclaimed wood pallets in good condition and a taste for rustic decor, this DIY is for you! Choose a wood stain or glaze that matches your decor, and you can't go wrong with this simple and unique coffee table.
PaintyCloud demonstrates the technique in the video below; watch carefully for visual instructions. If you prefer a larger table than the one built by PaintyCloud, simply skip Step One and adjust sizes and pallet quantities accordingly.
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DIY pallet coffee table
2-3 wood pallets in fair/good condition
Saw
Hammer
Nails
Flathead screwdriver
Pliers
Sandpaper
Wood stain or glaze
Drill
Carriage bolts with washers and nuts (or wood glue)
Directions
1. Saw one of the pallets in half crosswise, with one half including two of the three support boards. The result will become the top of the table.
2. Use the hammer and flathead screwdriver to carefully remove slats from a second pallet. Remove any old nails.
3. Gently hammer these slats in between the slats of the tabletop you created in Step One, ensuring that all slats are aligned and nails are completely embedded into the wood. Now your tabletop, while still looking like a pallet, has much narrower gaps between slats!
3. From a third pallet and/or the remainder of one of the first two, cut the table's legs. Similar to Step One, this includes a crosswise half with two of the three support boards -- but this time, you are cutting only the front slat. The result is a wooden rectangle with a hollow middle. Repeat until you have a total of five rectangles, then set them aside.
4. Cut four slats from scrap pallets to the width of your table. Attach two to the underside of the tabletop where they will be supportive -- one along the top edge and one along the bottom edge. Set aside the other two slats.
5. Attach three of the rectangular table legs to the supports, crosswise to the tabletop -- one flush to the left side, one in the center, and one flush to the right.
6. Sand table to your satisfaction. Tip: Wrap a piece of sandpaper around a small piece of pallet to create a handheld sander.
7. When table is smooth and beautiful, apply stain or glaze to the tabletop and to the four pieces still outstanding (two rectangular leg pieces and two width-long slats).
8. Turn tabletop upside down, and lay the two rectangular pieces on the left and right sides, aligning with the rectangular pieces that are already there. Drill three holes through both rectangular pieces (carriage bolts will go here in Step Nine).
9. Drill two holes in the ends of the remaining two width-long slats, aligning with the holes in the rectangular pieces.
10. Attach rectangular pieces and slats with carriage bolts, washers and nuts; the rectangular pieces extend the legs on the left and right of the table, and the slats provide support crosswise on the top and bottom (middle carriage bolt will not hold a slat).
You now have a beautifully rustic coffee table made from your own hands and customized to match your decor! You can attach casters to your table, as PaintyCloud demonstrates in the video, or leave it as is for a more sturdy fixture.
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