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How To Build An Inexpensive Wooden Pallet Table

Updated on February 6, 2013

SPRINGTIME MEANS OUTDOOR PROJECTS

Okay, maybe it’s not quite spring yet, but come on, let’s dream together. If you have a garage then the weather is no factor, and boy oh boy do I have a great project for you. This is another of those projects that costs practically nothing, and will leave you the envy of your neighbors.

Last week I taught you how to build a very inexpensive lawn chair made out of recycled wooden pallets. I promised we would then turn our attention to a patio table and by God that’s exactly what we are going to do today.

Are you ready?

A stack of pallets ready for construction
A stack of pallets ready for construction | Source

WHAT YOU NEED

Pay attention because I’m only going to say this once.

· Two wooden pallets, both the same size

· One eight foot 4x4

· 16 wood screws

· One can of stain or paint

· Four caster wheels

· Screw gun

· One hand saw or power saw

TIME NEEDED TO COMPLETE PROJECT

I can make this table in an hour. Add painting or staining time to it. Say two hours if you are moving slowly today. I am not a carpenter. I am a guy who hates to spend money on things like patio furniture. So when I tell you that this carpenter-neophyte can build this table and two chairs in four hours you really need to pay attention. It truly is that simple.

The finished product
The finished product | Source

HOW TO BUILD THE TABLE

I’m going to warn you again that this is ridiculously easy. Are you ready? Follow these simple steps.

1. You might want to sand down your pallets and 4x4 now before you begin. I tend to do my sanding after I have built the table, but I realize I’m kind of a backwards kind of guy.

2. Cut the 4x4 into four equal two foot sections.

3. Take one pallet and lay it on the ground, face up. Screw one section of the two foot 4x4 to each corner of the pallet.

4. Place the second pallet on top of these 4x4 sections and screw the new pallet onto the 4x4’s, thus connecting the two pallets.

5. Turn the table upside down. Drill a hole in each corner of the bottom and insert the caster wheels into each corner.

6. Turn the table back up and place it down on the wheels. You are now the proud owner of a patio table.

7. Now you can stain or paint your table. Of course, you might prefer to do the staining or painting before you build the table. Again, I’m kind of a backwards guy so this is when I do the painting.

Another design idea

WOULD YOU LIKE AN ALTERNATIVE DESIGN?

If so, follow these suggestions. You will need two pallets and two eight foot 4x4’s. Caster wheels are optional depending on whether you want the table mobile.

1. Pry all of the slats off of the top of one pallet and set them aside.

2. Sand down all the slats, or wait until you have finished the table.

3. Now take the pallet that is untouched. Take the slats that you pried off of the other pallet and nail or screw them onto the new pallet, filling in the gaps with these slats. When you finish you should have a solid surface for the table top. The slats may not fit perfectly at first and you may have to pry and move slats on the table top pallet.

4. Cut the 4x4’s into four foot sections, one for each table leg.

5. Turn the table top over and screw on four foot 4x4 to each corner.

6. Add wheel casters if you want for mobility.

7. Paint or stain.

8. If you prefer a lower table then adjust the cut to your 4x4’s. instead of four foot legs you can have three foot or two foot legs.

alternative design
alternative design | Source

Do you think you could do this project?

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WASN’T THAT EASY?

Of course it was easy, and right now many of you are nodding your heads and thinking that you just might be able to do this yourselves….and you can!

What do you say? Are you willing? Go out and find some pallets just as we did this past weekend. We picked up ten at a lawn equipment store. They cost us nothing. Then we found some old barn lumber on Craigslist that was being given away. Then we found some free landscape rock at a dump site. During a two hour drive we spent nothing and picked up enough for several new projects which we will tackle next weekend.

I truly hope you give these projects a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed in the results.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ellen, you could certainly support the posts with brackets or just a crossbar. I use four screws per post. There is also such a wide-range of pallets, even in the weight depending on the type of wood, so that might add to the feeling of instability.

      Thanks and good luck.

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      Ellen Cary 4 years ago

      I am in the middle of building this table. My husband has helped me with some aspects and I'm close to being done. He says he thinks the posts that connect the top pallet to the bottom pallet need to be supported with L shaped shelf type brackets. He says the top pallet is going to be top heavy and could snap over to one side. I've also scratched my head on how to screw the posts to the bottom pallet. I'm not a carpenter and this is my first project.... Did you screw the posts on at an angle? How many screws on each post? Thx in advance!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, the thought has occurred to me. Finding the time is another issue. :) Thank you as always!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      You ought to start making these things and selling them! That table looks terrific.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DIY, thank you! I'm glad you like this, and what a great deal that your husband has access to the pallets.

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      Julie 4 years ago

      Who would have thought you could do such cool things with wooden pallets? My husband is able to obtain some wooden pallets from where he works, so I'll definitely have to add this to my ever-growing list of DIY projects! Thanks for the great...and, definitely, timely...hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I know for a fact that you could do this. It really is that simple and I know because I have done it. :) Thank you Dianna and have a great week.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I believe I could do this one by myself. The materials used are so simple and you can find them easily. The finished product is very nice and would compare to store bought expensive brands. Very nice idea.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I don't know about you, but I have fond memories of Bingo. We would go at least once a month to the Catholic Church and play with beans. Thought it was so cool when they got those cards with the sliding windows. LOL And we never won! Good memories, though.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You keep better track of me than my parents used to!! Yes, I was up late......because I babysat for little Joseph until 11:30......his parents went to play BINGO! Woo Hoo? With a 6 month old, it's their little bit of "escape & stretch time." Not to mention that my son inherited eternal optimism. I tell him, his is overkill......"OK, Robert, you are SURE you're going to hit the damned Jackpot!!"......

      When they get back, I can tell by how hard he slams the car door....that they won JACK-SQUAT! Awwww.... :(....LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, it is my pleasure. You will find it to be as easy as the instructions say it is.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, did you get any sleep last night? You were up awfully late young lady. Well, I'm glad you were so thank you for the three visits.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy, I have always wanted to make this but did not know how to make. Thanks for this easy tutorial.

      Cheers

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill....BINGO! Handy Dandy and how!....I absolutely love this table....the stained one in the picture is terrific. Yes, I can do this and by gosh, I will, soon as Spring hits the area. Thanks for the great project to add to my LONG list. Busy hands are happy hands...plus, it keeps me out of trouble.....sometimes.........UP+++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Comfort, I have seen those too. I'm thinking of making one this spring as soon as the weather warms up enough for me to go out there. :) Thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Carter, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you like this idea; tell your daughter it really is incredibly easy to make.

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      What a great way to recycle wood pallets. I've also seen pallets used as planting boxes for veggies on balconies and patios.

      Thanks for sharing this. Voted up and useful.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Billy, I found your hub trawling through my feed this morning had to read this..it is such a fantastic idea & looks so easy..will pass onto my daughter who is into building anything with recycled materials..it looks so great well done..VUUAI & shared - cheers

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mperrottet, I'm not handy either, but even I can make these....and I have. :) Thank you for the visit.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I'm for anything free, especially such a nice looking finished project. This actually seems easy enough for me and my husband to tackle (neither one of us is especially good with this stuff). Voted up and useful!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, my standard remark still stands: if I can build this then anyone can. :) Thank you my friend and I hope you are feeling better.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, great idea! See how clever you are! I'm glad you liked this, and it's nice to hear from you again.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      That's a great-looking table, Bill, and you're so creative. It's much better to recycle wooden pallets than buy new wood. Good for the environment as well as the pocketbook. I'll pass the link for this hub along to the younger members of my family who can build things.

      Voted Up++

      Jaye

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      This is a great use for repurposing pallets. If I get my hands on some, I think I will try a variation of this, one without wheels. It would be a great way to store, display. and grow more herbs.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kyricus, it sounds to me like you have the perfect supplier. Now get that screw gun out and start working.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Moms, we are all skeptical at first with this idea, but they really do look great when finished. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lastheart! I'm glad you enjoyed this and thanks for the visit.

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      Tony 4 years ago from Ohio

      Ha, what a great simple Idea, especially for patio furniture. I work for a distributor with public warehouses, as such, I can lay my hands on boatloads of old pallets. I have a concrete patio in desperate need of some new furniture this spring. I think I'll have to give this a shot. Great idea!

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      MomsTreasureChest 4 years ago

      I was skeptical, but the finished table looks great! I especially like the color, it gives the table a finished and more expensive look. Thanks for sharing!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Great idea!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...let's just skip the first two steps and you start baking now, Liz! :) And you'll never move up here; you wouldn't last a week in this cold weather.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      When I move up there, I'm gonna have to borrow your saw so that I can make all of this cool furniture. Actually, I'm sort of afraid of saws, so I will probably ask you to help me. That is, until I give up. Then I'll just bake you some cookies and ask you to finish it for me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I would be amazed if a business in your town doesn't have pallets behind on the loading dock...unless your town is so small that there are no loading docks. LOL Good luck, and thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Well i must say, " I'm amazed " I bought a picnic table unfinished, i painted it red and it cost around one hundred and fifty dollars. I pulled on it last summer to mow under it and a leg broke off. The pallet table is really nice. Thank's for sharing, now where can i find some pallets?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      justsilvie, thank you and it's nice to see you again. We have lost touch and I will have to do something about that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, you do for sure. :)

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      Great ideas! Love the Patio Table! Voted up and shared!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      lol... who loves ya?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Deb! We are going to make one this weekend. Hope it turns out okay after this hub. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LInda, you are a doll and I know for certain that there is only one reason why you are reading this hub...and I appreciate it. I'll try not to do this to you too often. LOL Thanks buddy!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is a great project that looks really nice, too. A fine job, Billy.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Gosh yes, that was easy. All I had to do was close my eyes and imagine all the handy-dandy men I know lined up in my yard with their tools all ready to build me a city out of ued pallets. I wonder if the construction industry realizes it is being threatened by the builder of everything pallets in Olympia. lol You know I'm reading this because I'm a loyal friend and fan of everything you write, right? Still, you have a gift and even these project type hubs are fun to read. So, here I am, a little late, but still impressed. Love ya Kindred!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sha! this is one of those projects that literally anyone could do. It is almost foolproof. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Excellent advise, Bill. Not only is it economically and ecologically friendly, but with the addition of wheels, you can move the table off the patio easily when it comes time to clean and place it wherever you like at any time. Great idea!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzzycue, too funny! I would love it if a great many people were out today searching for free pallets. :) Thank you!

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Keep it up Billy Buc and you will need a pallet cottage to showcase it all in. Projects like yours are great for today's economy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, that's great! I know you will love it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, really? you are moving to the west coast? Well fantastic! At least we will only be 800 miles away. Getting closer to a reunion. LOL

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      What a great idea! I will be trying this one!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      When I moved to Nashville from California, I thought I would start a huge business and would be THE vocalcoach. Hah! Every other person in this town is a musician of some sort. Record companies everywhere, etc. My competition is fierce. I'm just a small pebble in a huge brook of famous folks. But you're right. The music is awesome and everywhere. Like living in a dream. But mine didn't quite come true the way I had hoped. So - I'm movin back to beautiful Idyllwild, CA, a forest high above Palm Springs. Gonna sing to the squirrels, trees, brooks and all of nature. Hugs -

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey...what could be better than attractive, cheap, and environmentally friendly? Answer...nothing!

      Thank you my dear; have a great day in Nashville! I'll bet there is some seriously great music in that town on a daily basis...probably on the street corners too. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rochelle, I thank you kindly! I do love to build with pallets, mainly because it doesn't cost me a thing to do it.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Bill - Sending this to my son who builds upright basses. Such a great idea. If I had a good set of muscles I could do this myself :)

      These tables are attractive, useful and cheap + environment friendly - my kind of product.

      Thanks Bill - you are amazing - yes you are!

      Hugs from Nashville.

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      Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country

      That's very attractive. You transformed these so nicely, the word 'pallet' doesn't even come to mind when viewing these.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks moonlake. I think you will like it if you try it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Sheri! It is pretty cool, isn't it? Give it a try!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, Randi! It's about as easy a project as you can imagine. Thank you!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Great idea, so many things are being made from pallets rather than thow them away. Voted up and more.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Cool! I can't believe that was made from pallets!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I really love these. They would go so well with the wooden pallet house. I actually think that this is a project I may try! thank you, Bill! up and sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine.....as always. I hope your dad loves this as much as I love your loyalty to my hubs. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, you are quick today. Thank you! This really is so simple and would look great on your patio. :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I just forwarded this one over to my dad and am even pinning it for him, because I had mentioned the last time you had a project with wooden pallets and he was totally game to try. So, I know he love seeing this and enjoy possibly trying this in the spring. Seriously thanks for sharing and love this table, it really is just awesome that you can make something this nice out of something you may never think of possibly using. Great job and have of course voted up and shared all over!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      What a great looking table. I am amazed at your creativity..We libras do a lot of things. I have so many interests some day I don't know where to begin. A simple idea into a lovely piece of furniture...Voting up and pinning...for others to get creative.