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outdoor pallet table diy

A midweek hello to you!

One of the many things keeping me busy lately has been a backyard overhaul. While I wait to finish a few final touches to the backyard/patio, I want to share our diy pallet table.

To make the table, we used two wood pallets, one 4x4, 4 caster wheels with nuts & bolts, L-brackets & skrews, and then gray stain. First we determined the height we wanted (21"), subtracted the height of the casters and two pallets (15"), then cut the 4x4s for the additional 6" legs. We then attached the 4 legs to the top of the lower pallet and also the underside of the upper pallet. After attaching the 4 casters using nuts & bolts, we decided a little color might look nice. We chose a gray stain hoping for a subtle coloring, but the wood absorbed stain so fast we ended up with a nearly black table. And I will add the amount of work to cover every surface inside of the pallets was....brutal. Do-over I would probably recomend keeping the natural wood color. I still really like the dark look and the size of the table is perfect for our patio.

So there you have it! Works great as an outdoor movable table, and a great alternative to expensive patio furniture. If anyone is interested in more specific direction, just let me know. I realize this wasn't the most detailed diy ever posted.

What do you think of the final product?

// UPDATE // My apologies that this DIY is not a very clear step-by-step. Please read through the comments to make sure your question is not answered there. If you still have a very specific question, I will try to answer via email. With so many repeat questions, emails are often buried in my inbox so I want to apologize ahead for tardy responses. Your understanding is greatly appreciated!

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If I only had a backyard....

I love it!! great idea that looks expensive.

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

i love it! we have an old pallet sitting around in the garage and this would be perfect to have around when we're roasting s'mores. :-)

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteremily clare

This is so great. I was wondering if you sealed it anyway because of the rain?

Thanks in advance and glad I found you.

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzzi

This looks like an amazing idea. Can't wait to try it out for our deck. Good tip about not staining the insides/leaving the wood rough.

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErik

Showed this to my hubby, he can't wait to put one together for our house.. He even wants one for his man cave.. Lol..

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBetty jo

@Suzzi Actually we chose not to do any sealing or polyurethane coating. We are wanting the rain/weathering to dull the wood color.

Thanks @Erik!

@Betty jo I want to see pics if/when you do!

July 24, 2011 | Registered CommenterAmanda Joy

SO thanks! We were so inspired we went out and got two pallets, some stain, wheels and blam-o! Now we have a super sturdy wonderful outdoor table. Thanks so much for sharing your ideaS!

July 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJG

This is a super cool idea!! I've been wanting some lounge chairs to put by my pool but they are so expensive. I wonder if I could make one out of a pallet? But how could I make a back that raises up and down like a normal lounge chair? Any ideas?

August 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

This is a terrific idea. Two questions: where can I go to get pallets? And where did you find those cute pillows? Thanks!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

@Jessica Well we got our pallets from the local hardware store because we bought many many bags of rock/pea gravel. I believe they sell them there as well (but of course it's always better to find them for free!). The pillows were on clearance from Target.

Hopefully that helps!

August 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterAmanda Joy

Thanks Amanda Joy - for responding. I found my pallets and can't wait to try this.

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzzi

Where did you use the brackets?

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMprice823

Completely fell in Love with this table when I saw it...and when I showed it to my husband, he let me know that the mill where he works throws hundreds of pallets away each week, and that they are free for the taking to whom ever wants them! (yeah!) We've decided that we're gonna make this into a "coffee table" for the LR with a piece of glass. Any suggestions we should know ahead of time?

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I would love to get more specific details of the DIY instructions.

Thanks! LOVE IT!

September 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Hey that looks great. I have the wood and I have the gerber tools to work with. I'm on it.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKat

I love this project!! I am a new follower.

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnita

I love this! I am constantly looking for pallet ideas. My husband's office is right next door to a company that has many of these laying around. I will have to see what happens to these pallets? Might be time to do a dumpster dive! Newest follower! Following from http://imnotatrophywife.com


January 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

This may be a stupid question, but how did you attach the 6" legs to the lower & upper pallet? I mean, what did you use to do that? (I don't have a man to help me with this project and was hoping it's something I can do on my own).

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Hi Mary! No problem at all. I used a electric screwdriver to screw in the L brackets to the pallet and the legs.

Hopefully that helps, sorry the tutorial isn't very clear!

January 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterAmanda Joy

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