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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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This is amazing. Can you please send more detailed directions to a.grotberg@hotmail.com

Thanks!! Can't wait to have my own!! :)

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

I am working on this project now! =) Amazing idea!! It's going to be gorgeous, and wow yes brutal staining project. One question, exactly how many L brackets are needed? Just one for each leg or 2?

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

@Amber Unfortunately this post is the most detailed instructions I have. I am more than willing to answer specific questions you have!

@Jackie We actually used 4 L brackets per leg for extra stabilization (2 on top, 2 on bottom).

Hopefully that helps! // Amanda

February 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterAmanda Joy

I love this and my husband "thinks" he can do it! Would love to get more specific details of the DIY instructions.
Thanks Jen

March 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

OK, don't make fun, but I am wanting to make all of my outdoor furniture out of pallets. My hubs has tons of pallets at work. I am going to attempt this table, but I was wondering what type of tools do you recommend for this type of work?

Hand saw or do you have power tools? I am trying to figure out how to get everything I need to expand my crafting into building stuff.


March 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTammi

What size are the casters that you used?

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzie

I have pinned this on Pinterest. I wouldn't want this honey do to get away. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

April 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJema Watts

I very much love this! it will blend perfectly with my home decor and really make the back patio feel much more like an extention of our home. We have a very large patio and a balcony overhead...I just might make four of these! the fact that we could actually "join" them together for large get together is wonderful! (or at least two of them, as it wouldn't really be easy to move them up and down stairs! ) I may even make one for indoors for a family room game table..have been looking for one!

Misty K

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMisty K

oh I just had a idea to make the staining of this just a little bit easier and A LOT faster... I own a Wagner Power Sprayer that would make great work of that and if it is a little imperfect it will just add to the charm and character. who knows when I will get around do actually doing this project as I am still working on my living room project at the moment...hence the stumbling onto your blog as I look for inspiration.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMisty K

Love the table. You said 6 legs. Where are the other 2 and how did you secure them.

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy

Super cute! I can't wait to make this!

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaimee

Love it. I'm moving next week and I'm going to make thisbut going to use it inside as a coffee table in our living room

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterashley

Hi! Great table! I am planning to make this very soon. Can you tell me what size casters you used for this? Thanks!

April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMclarkwalker

I would like more specific instructions ... I love this and want to re-create! How do you attach the 4x4's to the pallet? Is that where you used the L brackets? About how long did it take you to put this together, not including the staining (because it sounds like that added alot of extra time). Thanks for sharing this great idea!

April 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPamela Miller

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this, we always seem to have a pallet around!

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterelizabeth

Got everything for this from my work, but noticed wal-mart has a ton of pallets! Love this simple project!

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTim

@ Peggy, I don't think she used 6 legs....I believe it was 6" (inch) legs.

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCyndy

I was wondering if I could get a detailed diy instruction sheet to this. My main question is how the 6'' legs were attached to the upper and lower pallet?

June 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlina

I am wondering if you have a more detailed post of how you attached the 4x4 to each of the pallets? I want to make this for my deck!

June 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMairi

Hello! I love your DIY table! Were planning on doing it this weekend, can you send me more specific info. Thanks... Vanessa

June 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

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