Pallet Coffee & Tea Drink Station

Previously, we've shown you how to deconstruct a pallet, in this post we share an idea of what to make with those pallet boards. It's important to point out that working with pallets is not for those who like right angles and nice straight edges--pallet lumber is definitely neither, but that is what people like about it. Pallets are usually free, pretty plentiful, and offer up a good amount of usable lumber. Embrace the imperfections that come along with using pallet wood.
If pallet wood is not your thing, then feel free to substitute purchased lumber in the same approximate size. Finish it with a weathered affect and you've got the rustic look without the imprecision!
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- Pallet wood cut to 36" lengths (enough pieces to create a rectangle approximately 36" X 24")
​- MDF board (Home Depot)
- 5 mason jars (we used pint size, wide mouth jars) (Amazon)
- 5 large hose clamps (Amazon)​
- Package of six cup hooks (Home Depot)
- French Cleat (Amazon)
- Wood glue
- RapidFuse (Amazon)
- Screws
- Paint--grey and brown for the pallet, black for the screws
- Drill
- Impact Driver/bits
- Glue Gun
- Sandpaper
- Orbital Sander
- 1 3/4" Hole Saw
​- Clamps
Part of the coffee/tea station will be a place to store K-cups. Clamp one of the pallet boards and a scrap piece of wood and secure it to your workbench with clamps.
Using a 1 3/4" hole saw, make 12 holes approximately 3" apart. Drill part way through on the first pass, flip the board over and finish up the holes.
We purchased a small piece of MDF to attach the slats to but we still needed to cut it to size (22x34"). Tip: Ask when you're at Home Depot to have the cuts made.
Because of the imprecision of pallet wood, we knew that some of the MDF might show through, so we painted the board with a combination of gray and brown before attaching the pallet wood.
Once everything was dry, we started glueing with wood glue the boards into place, starting with the bottom two in which the K-cup holder was sandwiched between.
We used Rapid Fuse to glue the K-cup holder into place.
These three boards were clamped and allowed to dry a few hours.
The remaining boards were glued and clamped into place and allowed to dry overnight.
The hooks were positioned across the top. We hot glued them in place just to hold them temporarily and then screwed them into place.
We were unable to find screws that were already black so we used craft paint to camouflage the screw heads.
Drill a hole into each of the five hose clamps.
Screw clamps onto the board.
We removed the inner metal lid from the jars but replaced the ring. This is optional, but we like the finished look it give. Place the jar into the clamp and tighten the clamp with a screwdriver or drill.
We use hot glue to secure the free edge rather than cutting the piece off which would leave a sharp edge.
This is a project that lends itself to creative interpretation. Your version, I'm sure, will be very different from ours based on the materials you use, the size that works for your space, and what you want to store in yours. Steph's version is perfect for her space. It replaces a mirror and is just what the space right above her new new live edge buffet table needed!
What would your coffee/tea station look like? Would you use pallet wood or something a little more precise? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Melinda
    on May 5, 2017

    Don't know if this point has been addressed already, BUT, in my area, pallets are NOT FREE, and you can get charged with theft for taking one. If you ask they may tell you you can take one, and may give you directions on which one to take, but it's always wise to ask first! I live in the San Francisco bay area, FWIW.

    That said, this coffee station is super cute!
    • Mother Daughter Projects
      on May 5, 2017

      Yes, you are right. We always ask for permission if they are at a business. If they are on the side of the street we can safely assume they are for trash day pickup. Always look for ones that have a burned on stamp on them with the letters HT which means the pallet is heat treated rather than chemically treated.

  • Pam LoCoco
    on Aug 21, 2017

    I LOVE this idea! What a way to think outside the box. Thank you for the inspiration.
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