Coffee Tables Made Of Pallets

Have you ever had a moment where you needed to clean up a mess and create something meaningful at the same time? Well, that’s exactly what happened to me when my wife asked me to make her a coffee table. Instead of just tidying up, I decided to make use of the pallet blocks scattered on my workshop floor. Little did I know that this seemingly simple project would turn into a series of crazy ideas and valuable lessons.

Coffee Tables Made Of Pallets
Coffee Tables Made Of Pallets

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A Puzzle of Wood Blocks

I gathered pallet blocks from various countries like China, South Africa, Turkey, Canada, USA, Ukraine, and Sweden. Each block differed in size, wood type, and resin content, making this project all the more challenging. But I embraced the randomness, aiming for a coffee table with a unique design.

The Glue-Up Adventure

To create a stable structure, I began by gluing the blocks together. This glue-up was a tricky process, requiring careful planning and precise clamping. As I worked to piece together the blocks, I shared my mistakes along the way. And the answer to the age-old question of whether wood glue is strong enough on its own? Yes, it is!

The Power of Epoxy Resin

After the glue dried, I took the project to the next level by pouring black epoxy resin into the cracks, gaps, and nail holes. I used a simple mold made from plastic film and duct tape to contain the resin. The deep pour epoxy resin from Entropy provided a stunning result, but I learned the hard way that small cracks and gaps absorb more resin than expected. This meant ordering larger buckets of epoxy and waiting patiently for the curing process.

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Flattening and Finishing Touches

Flattening the tabletop posed another challenge. Without a wide enough thicknesser, I constructed a jig to use my router for the job. Once flattened and sanded, I decided to preserve the rustic look of the pallet blocks by adding wood burning. However, I made the mistake of applying only one layer of furniture lacquer, which darkened the burned areas more than desired. Undeterred, I sanded it down and used epoxy resin to fill up the remaining gaps, cracks, and nail holes. Several rounds of sanding and treatments with tabletop oil and Danish oil brought the coffee table to life.

A Happy Ending

As I showcased pictures of the finished table, a restaurant owner became instantly interested and purchased it for their bar. This project, filled with its share of ups and downs, taught me the value of persistence and embracing mistakes as part of the creative process.

Coffee tables made of pallets may seem like a humble endeavor, but they offer endless opportunities for creativity and personalization. So, the next time you find yourself in a cluttered workshop, why not transform it into an opportunity to craft something unique and meaningful? To learn more about my journey and watch the video, visit Marmalade Cafe. And remember, coffee solves everything!

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