How To Make A Coffee Table From Pallets – Chevron Style

coffee table from pallets

The Saw Guy here with another pallet project.  This coffee table from pallets isn’t just your typical coffee table. Using the “chevron” pattern, this pallet coffee table from Beach Bum Livin is one of the coolest yet, but also, one of the easiest.

Get your short list of tools ready.  Here we go!

What You’ll Need

1. Disassemble Pallets

Everyone has a favorite (very relative term) way to dismantle pallets.  However, if you’re not familiar with the process, or are looking for tips, click the link below to check out our guide.

pallets

2. Cut Each Plank To 2-1/2 inches

The table will fit more planks to make-up the table top if each board is cut down to 2-1/2 inches.  It also ensures a straight edge on each board, helping each plank to fit tightly against one another.

The tutorial shows each board being planed before assembly.  This will help the grain to stand out, but isn’t entirely necessary.  However, if you do not plane the boards, I suggest sanding a little to clean the wood up (which also helps expose the wood grain).

 coffee table from pallets

coffee table from pallets

3. Make 45 Degree Angles

Cut one end of each of the 2-1/2 inch boards at a 45 degree angle.  If you have a table saw or a miter saw, this is the best time to use it.  However, if all you have is a circular saw, just make sure to mark the 45 degree angle with a bevel.

coffee table from pallets

4. Assemble Cut Wood Planks & Attach To Base

I recommend lining up all of your pieces (45 degree angle inside) to ensure you have enough, and so that you don’t get into a situation where you have to disassemble everything.

Draw a straight line down the center of the plywood.

Once you’re confident in your design, start attaching each board onto the plywood by adding a layer of wood glue. Next, use a nail gun (or hammer and finish nails) attaching the board onto the plywood.

coffee table from pallets

coffee table from pallets

coffee table from pallets

coffee table from pallets

5. Cut Away Excess Planks

Using your circular saw, cut away the excess wood on each side of your tabletop.

coffee table from pallets

6. Attach 1×2 Frame

Basically, you want to border the tabletop with 1×2’s to cover up the edges.

coffee table from pallets

7. Attach Legs

Use the base pieces from your disassembled pallets, cut, and attach to the underside of your tabletop.

If you have a Kreg Jig, awesome, use it.  If not, go back to step 3 and screw your plywood base into the pallet base pieces before you attach the tabletop wood.

Now, just screw your 4×4’s into the pallet base pieces.

coffee table from pallets

coffee table from pallets

8. Finishing Touches

Dude…you’re basically done!  The finishing touches are all up to you.  If you want a smooth finish, sand it up.  Stain it or something.  Try painting it with some chalk paint…it’s up to you.

coffee table from pallets

coffee table from pallets

coffee table from pallets

Watch the full tutorial from Beach Bum Livin here.

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