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Immerse yourself in this DIY project by The Merrythought this weekend. You'll feel a real sense of achievement every time you put your feet up on your new coffee table.

Finding a reclaimed wood project on the Dremel Weekends website, Manda from Merrythought enlisted the help of her husband Michael to make their new table.

After some changes in design - to make it work with their needs and style - Manda says, “I'm so happy with how it turned out; I love my new coffee table and my Michael for all his hard work.”

Follow this DIY pallet coffee table from The Merrythought. Click for more photos

DIY: Pallet coffee table

Follow this DIY pallet coffee table from The Merrythought. Photo: The Merrythought

  • Follow this DIY pallet coffee table from The Merrythought.
  • Step 1. Break down the pallets into individual boards. Separate the boards from the pallet using the Dremel Multi-Max tool to cut the nails (or use a hammer and pry bar). Remove all nails from the pallet wood.
  • Step 2. Using a circular saw, cut the plywood to the size you want your tabletop to be. We wanted the pallet boards to be narrower to work better with the chevron pattern, so we sized ours down to 2.5 inches. To do this, use a table saw or circular saw fitted with a guide and trim boards to desired size. Draw a line down the centre of your plywood - this will be the guide to line up the boards. Using the Dremel Multi-Max's sanding attachment, lightly sand your pallet boards. You can do more detailed sanding if you don't want your table to look as rustic.
  • Step 3. I wanted the boards to have more of a contrast in colour, so we stained a few of them to look darker. Using the mitre box, cut the ends of the pallet boards at a 45 degree angle. To make the shelf under the table, use the three boards from the middle (or inside) of the pallet, and cut to the size of your table top using circular saw.
  • Step 4. Attach the three boards to the plywood tabletop using a drill and screws. Place a board at each end and one centred in the middle. Arrange the pallet boards in the pattern you like, using the line you drew as a guide. The boards will hang over the edge of your plywood.
  • Step 5. Apply glue to back of pallet boards and lay them on top of the plywood. The glue helps to hold the boards in place while nailing and you won't need to use as many nails with glue. Using your nail gun, attach the pallet boards to the plywood.
  • Step 6. Once all the pallet boards are nailed down, draw a line where your tabletop edge is. Using a circular saw cut the pallet boards down to size.
  • Step 7. Using additional pallet wood, make a frame for the table edge. Cut the wood to the thickness of your tabletop, plus an additional 1/8? (approx 3 millimetres). Mitre the ends of the boards at a 45 degree angle. Nail boards to sides of table to create frame. Using a circular saw, cut another piece of plywood to fit to the boards on the bottom of your table. I wanted the outside edges to be pallet wood, so we cut two pallet boards to size to fit at the edges, and sized the plywood to fit between those. You can just use one piece of plywood here if desired.
  • Step 8. Drill holes in the pallet boards - or plywood, if you're just using that - where the legs will attach.
Screw the board to the legs.
  • Step 9. Once all four legs are attached to your pallet boards, set the plywood in-between and screw it in place.
Set the bottom part of the table on top of the upside down tabletop. Drill pilot holes into the bottom of the table.
  • Step 9. Screw together the two pieces. Flip table over and sand any rough spots. If desired, coat table with polyurethane, following directions on can for use and drying times.
  • Here’s to pallets!

What you'll need:

  • Pallet or other reclaimed wood
  • Plywood (sized for your tabletop – top & bottom)
  • 3×4 posts (or any size desired) – we used old framing lumber
  • Dremel Multi-Max MM20
  • Circular saw
  • Circular saw guide or table saw
  • Yardstick
  • Stain
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Glue (any type is fine, wood glue is best, Elmer's will work too)
  • Mitre box
  • Nail gun
  • Nails
  • Sandpaper
  • Polyurethane