The one thing that most people do when they receive an old pallet or two is to cut it up to make kindling. Yes, we all need heat but when I get my hands on old pallets my thoughts go to “What could I make out of this great wood?” Recently I got an old pallet, the wood for our stove was delivered on it. It was old, battered and repaired several times, I wanted to make a table top. In fact I wanted to make an up-cycled Pallet Table with foldable legs. Making the knots and discolouration into funky features of an up-cycled table top.
Post Update: 30th October
When I have made up-cycled table tops before I had bought legs from Ikea, they are good sturdy legs but this time I wanted to make the legs myself. The main thing I wanted from this table was to give it foldable legs so the table could be packed away, hung up on the wall or even taken outside when the sun is out! Taking inspiration from the old saw horses my grandfather had in his work shop, I decided I would have hinges on mine to have them fold down. With a brief sketch I went out and got another pallet for the legs.
The sketch is not to scale!
Several important things I have found up-cycling pallets into tables and other furniture are that the pallet will not come art so easily, so be careful swinging that hammer. Most of the time not all of the pallet’s wood will be saved. The pallets can and do give you bad splinters once in a while and importantly always have a good stock of sand paper around. Give the final product a good and detailed sand removing any splinters or sharp edges, even the under sides and legs. To finish the project off I always apply a layer of wax, if you want to darken the pallet wood get a wax with the required level of colour. And the final image is the table in use now all I need to find a place to fold this up-cycled pallet table away.