How to Build a Pallet Coffee Table

Bring style and function to your deck or patio with a DIY coffee table made from pallets. (Built-in planter included!) Follow this step-by-step for how to make a pallet table and in no time, and for little cash, you’ll have a fun salvaged coffee table to star in your outdoor spaces.

Furniture made from pallets is a popular way to bring salvage style to any space, including outdoor rooms. Coffee table ideas like this DIY pallet project capture the essence of the upcycled spirit with flair and an earth-friendly approach. This outdoor pallet table comes together in a few simple steps of construction. Gather your materials, and get started!

What You'll Need:

  • Two wooden pallets
  • Planter box
  • Measuring tape
  • Framing square
  • Jigsaw
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • Eight mending plates
  • 24 wood screws (1 1⁄4-inch)
  • Drill
  • Four concrete half-blocks
  • Paint brush
  • Primer
  • Exterior paint

Step 1: Measure for the Planter

This outdoor pallet coffee table includes a built-in planter, recessed into the top of the table. To cut a hole for the planter, use the long edge of the planter box as a guide and draw the first cut line on the top pallet. Measure the width of the planter at its widest, just below the lip. Transfer that measurement to mark the second cut line.

Step 2: Mark Additional Cut Lines

Using the framing square, draw the third and fourth cut lines on the pallet parallel to the first two lines.

Step 3: Cut the Opening

Cut an opening in the top pallet for the planter box using a jigsaw and following the cut lines. Sand the edges of the opening.

You’ll want to make sure you’re using the right blade for your project. The blade’s tooth-per-inch, or TPI, should correspond to the thickness of the pallet wood. Adjust the bevel and speed as needed. It’s always good to consult the owner’s manual for information on the various settings.

Step 4: Build the Pallet Table

Stack the pallets bottom to bottom, placing the pallet with the planter opening on top. Position a mending plate near the outside corners of the pallets and mark holes. Drill pilot holes, then use wood screws to attach the plates, securing the pallets together.

Step 5: Prime and Paint

Apply primer to the concrete half-blocks and to the pallets. Allow the primer to dry overnight, then apply one or two coats of exterior-grade paint to the blocks and the pallet. When dry, place a block under each corner of the pallet to support it.

To add extra stability, use an appropriate adhesive to attach the concrete legs to the pallet table. Look for an adhesive that will bond concrete to wood and is graded for outdoor applications.

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