Dining Room Table Made of Salvage Pallet
This table was made of salvage pallets and timber with a clear glass top and solid steel legs for an industrial look. The process to make this table wasn’t quite easy as I was expecting before we started. It took the work of three people, three days and a lot of hard work.
Day 1: First we had to dismantle three pallets, which means knocking down with a hammer and pry bar, but being careful not to damage the wood, which was really difficulty to do it, as the nails were deep inside the wood and not quite easy to come out. This job was done by my father, which I am very grateful because I wouldn’t be able to do it myself, but if you have a reciprocating saw with a metal cutting blade that cut through nails, you can make your job easier, preserve the entire pallet and plus have some extra character with the nails fragments that are left in the wood.
Day 2: We planed the layout of the table and put the timbers together to make a table of 160cm x 80cm, as pallets are usually 1.05 x 1.05m or euro pallets 1.20 x 0.80m, so we used euro pallets that have the same width of the table, we only had to work out the length of the table using a longer timber to cross all the way. When we finally got the layout we started to nail down, working out with measurements so each wood strips would be quite the same distance from each other, making the visual symmetrical and more pleasing to the eye. Then we waxed with medium oak liquid wax, to give a deeper tone but not too dark. Two coats were needed to get the exactly tone we wanted. Then we let it dry overnight.
Day 3: Finally we attached the steel hairpin legs and put the glass top, which were both made to order, so if you change your mind or you are going to have to live with it, or pay again for a different one. So, before you make up your mind, really think carefully what you want and how you want it. Even that the table is made of salvage pallets, which you can get it free, there is a lot of materials to purchase that is not cheap, in this case steel legs and glass top are quite expensive, but the end result is worth it.
To create the shelf under the top you have to add extra slats of wood and another long piece of wood at both longer sides of the table to hold everything in place.
The storage area is big enough to hold bottle of wine, plates, cutlery, table linens, cookery books, etc...
The results are amazing, you not only get a beautiful, industrial looking, naturally distressed wood table, that will make an amazing focal point in your dining room or kitchen, but also a piece of storage. Who doesn’t need storage these days in any home? It’s beautiful, one of kind and double duty.
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