How To Build An Upcycled Hall Table From Pallet Wood

Uncle Knackers shows us how to build an upcycled hall table from pallets in this video tutorial.  I’m going to attempt a simplified version (with no drawers) some day soon…  reckon this will be a weekend job!

The materials and equipment that you’ll need to make your upcycled hall table are shown below.  There are no sizes for the wood pieces.  So you will need to calculate the section lengths and table dimensions for your table.

  • Legs – 4 lengths of wood (the length was cut to 875 mm or 34.5″ after the pieces were glued)
  • Top – 2.5 lengths of wood
  • Sides – 4 lengths of wood
  • Bottom – 2 lengths (depending on width)
  • 2 drawers – 8 lengths (4 for the front and 4 for the back)
  • Inner / structural support pieces
    • 2 lengths for the middle top and bottom
    • 4 x rails (for the drawers to run on
    • 2 stoppers for the back of the drawers
    • 2 lengths to support the bottom shelf
  • Cement sheet (for the base of the drawers)
  • Beading (to decorate the front of the drawers)
  • Wood glue
  • Biscuits or dowels
  • Nails
  • Paint (optional)
  • Stain (optional) – you can make this by soaking some steel wool in vinegar for a few days
  • Varnish
  • Nails
  • Electric sander (optional)
  • Sandpaper 80, 120, 180 and optional 240 grit
  • Biscuit / plate joiner (or use a drill and small dowls)
  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • Something heavy (weights or books) to sit on top of the legs whilst gluing
  • Saw (hand /drop / circular / jig)
  • Nail gun
  • Drill
  • Chisel
  • Paint brush

Wood pallets have been a major factor in deforestation, which is a large contributor to global warming.  An estimated 30% of CO2 build up is attributed to deforestation over the past 150 years.

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