How to make a table from wood pallets

Updated April 17, 2017

Wood pallets are the square slatted frames that large or multiple items are shipped on from one place to another. Super markets and delivery companies use them all the time to allow the easy transfer of their goods and often dispose of them when they are finished. You can recycle one of these wooden pallets to make a charming, completely unique table. Make a few of them and place them throughout your house for extra surfaces where you need them.

Sand the entire wood pallet with coarse sandpaper. You should make sure you remove any splintered pieces of wood.

Cut several strips of wood that are as long as your pallet to fit between the planks on the flat surface. Use a table saw and scrap wood to make enough strips to cover one side of the pallet.

Nail a strip of scrap wood between each plank to fill in the gaps on one side of the pallet.

Spread a thick mortar paste over the pallet, pressing it into the cracks between each piece of wood. Use a scraper to smooth the surface until even and let the mortar dry.

Cut 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick planks of wood to the width of the pallet and whatever height you want your table to be. So if your pallet is 75 cm (30 inches) square and you want a 90 cm (3 foot) high table, cut a plank to 75 by 90 cm (2 1/2 by 3 feet).

Attach the legs to the sides of the pallet, with the mortared side facing up. Use a power drill and screws to secure the legs to the pallet.

Paint the side and the pallet whatever colours you want and let dry.


Paint the pallet to match your dining room table and use the pallet table as a serving surface during meals.


Check for bugs and mildew before bringing pallets into your house.

Things You'll Need

  • Coarse sandpaper
  • Table saw
  • Scrap wood
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Mortar
  • Wood planks, 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick
  • Power drill
  • Screws
  • Paint
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Based in New Jersey, Susan Raphael has been writing technology-related articles since 1991. Her work has appeared in “Wired” magazine, and “Mac Addict” magazine. Raphael received the Janet B. Smith Literary Award in 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from New York University.