Pallet Design Idea – Make A Bedside Table

Shane Conlan aka ‘Uncle Knackers’ has a great pallet design idea for bedside tables.  In this video he shows us how he upcycled old pallets into 2 lovely little bedside tables.

The tutorial starts at 1.10 mins into the video and Shane does provide some basic measurements for making the tables. He’s confident that someone just above beginners level can make these.


Pallet Wood Usage – Safety

Please be careful about the pallet that you use for this project.  Pallets are typically either heat-treated (heated to a high temperature to seal the wood) or treated with methyl bromide – a toxic pesticide linked to human health problems and ozone layer depletion.

  • Look for pallets that have the IPPC seal and an “HT” stamp,which means it was heat-treated rather than sealed with chemical pesticides.
  • Avoid unmarked pallets or those stamped with an “MB” for methyl bromide.
  • Also, try and source pallets that were not used to ship food, chemicals or other materials that may have contaminated the wood.

The materials and equipment that you’ll need to make your upcycled pallet bedside tables are shown below.

  • Old pallets – for each bedside table you will need 2 pallet wood stretchers and approximately 4 pallet wood slats (1 length of 90 x 35mm (2 x 4), 1800mm (six feet ) long)
  • 8 cup head bolts and nuts
  • Wood glue
  • Biscuits or dowels
  • Nails
  • Clear satin varnish or Danish oil
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Measuring tape
  • Bevel
  • Drop saw
  • Circular or jigsaw
  • Chisel
  • Nail gun
  • Biscuit joiner
  • Hammer
  • 2 long clamps
  • Weights / something heavy (to place on the pallets while the glue dries)
  • Electric sander
  • Dust mask
  • Paint brush
  • Gloves
Did You Know?

Approximately 16 million tons of wood waste was generated in 2010, according to the EPA. In fact, wood comprises the largest percentage of the residential construction and demolition waste stream—approximately 42 percent of residential new construction debris—according the National Association of Home Builders Research Center.

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