Modern Coffee Table From Pallet Wood Base

8 Materials
6 Hours

I wanted to create an inexpensive, sturdy, and modern shape coffee table for our living room! You might remember my ....

Well, I sold that to make way for a more neutral color scheme in our new house. I'm really trying to focus on creating a modern aesthetic with a bit of industrial built in. I thought a birch coffee table with large casters in a simple shape would fit the bill.

I started by stacking two pallets on top of each other, screwing them down. This would form the base of my coffee table so the structure would be sturdy for folks to sit on.

I did modify the pallets to be slightly smaller to fit to scale with our couch. I added large casters and raised them a few inches by adding 2 x 4 blocks to mount them. This ensured my coffee table was the correct height (18 inches).

Once my pallet base was all constructed and sized correctly, I went to Home Depot and bought 1/4" thick birch plywood. I brought my measurements along and the store cut it to size for me! I used wood glue and my brad nailer to secure these pieces of birch plywood to all the sides and the top of the pallet base.

When building was complete, I finished the piece with linseed oil to retain the natural wood look. I also painted the 2 x 4 blocks of wood that the casters were mounted onto black.

I love my new modern coffee table and neutral color scheme we have going on in our new home! To see more of my new home adventures, including our , visit my blog!

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  • Reflector
    on Feb 5, 2019

    Amazing what you were able to do. Looks great. Also love the painting behind your couch. Did you do it yourself?

    • Reflector
      on Feb 12, 2019

      Also, do you have a website that shows your paintings and how you go about it, and are they for sale. Was the one I asked about using oils or acrylics? Thanks!

  • Nancy Cavanaugh
    Nancy Cavanaugh
    on Feb 5, 2019

    Are you happy with the linseed oil finish now that you’ve used it? Is it sufficient protection? The look is lovely but I wonder about water, food or just general use leaving marks.

    • Joe Jones
      Joe Jones
      on Feb 12, 2019

      If you don’t like the smell there is a sunflower oil stain just like linseed that has no smell and it’s all natural.

  • Sandra Giove
    Sandra Giove
    on Feb 13, 2019

    Absolutely beautiful I really need a couch could you do one so I no how.

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  • Cap32519532
    on Dec 28, 2020

    Great Job. What do you think about painting the chrome casters?

  • Super Metallic.
    Super Metallic.
    on Dec 28, 2020

    I like what you did and your finish is okay but I would use a clear hard finish to protect the wood. In all thumbs up.

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