Coffee Table Reveal

Remember ths curbside castoff?


Well, she’s all done and a she’s a beauty!

In my last post about the project here, I left off having given the table base a fresh coat of paint and solicited my awesome husband’s help to begin cutting the pallet boards to size.  After the demolition of the pallet simply to get the boards apart (thanks love, it’s harder than it looks!), we started off by selecting the best (i.e. least beat up) boards for the table top.  We laid the boards out on the table to determine the right arrangement and decide where we wanted the cut lines to be. Note: I think it was right about this point that I realized the project was going to be a wee bit more involved and time-consuming than I had initially thought.


Enter my wonderful husband to save the day. If you’re reading this, thank you so much for your patience, instruction, and encouragement throughout this project. I couldn’t have done it without you! Hubby was truly the brains behind the construction of the table top, and did all the sawing to boot!

We drew our cutlines on roughly at first, then went back with a 90-degree ruler to ensure that our lines were straight and would match up after the saw did its work.  To help Hubby further, he had me draw an arrow on each board toward the end that we didn’t want to use.  That way he knew to align the saw blade to that side as he made the cuts, rather than erring to the side we wanted to keep and running the risk of cutting the board too short. Smart thinking babe!


Hubby intentionally cut each of the boards a tad bit on the long side at first so that we could sand them down individually for a perfect, snug fit.


After my husband did some sanding/shaping along the sides to fit the boards width- and length-wise, I gave each board an even, all-over sanding using our power orbit sander and some course grit sandpaper.


Since the base of the coffee table was originally built to hold 4 panes of glass as its top rather than the pallet wood, our challenge was to figure out a way to secure the variously-sized boards together to create a single, solid table top.  We certainly didn’t want someone to lose some of the smaller boards through the openings in the midst of using the table!  My brilliant hubby decided the best way to secure the top would be to glue it all together with wood glue and then staple it here and there on the underside for added support.

Later that night, we carefully transferred the wood piece by piece to the worktable and laid the boards out in a mirror image.  By laying the boards facedown on a flat surface, we ensured that our table top would be completely flat when all’s said and done. Using a few extra pieces of wood, we created a 2-sided frame to help us keep the edges aligned at 90 degrees as I glued each piece together, then stapled.

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Hubby screwed a third spare board down on the worktable along the length of the boards to keep constant pressure on the newly glued boards as they dried overnight.  The following day, I went back over the wood with the orbit sander and some fine grit sandpaper to give it a smooth finish.

Finally, I got to the last steps today…Apply a finish to the table top, distress the base, and put it all together!

I went back and forth about whether to use some of the leftover stain we had from staining our kitchen table, but decided against after staining a trial spot yesterday.  It was simply too dark for the look I was going for with this table.  So I ended up giving it a single coat of clear satin polyurethane instead.


And after all of that hard work, here’s the finished project!



What do you think? I’m planning on selling it, but have yet to decide the best way to sell it here in the local area.

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2 thoughts on “Coffee Table Reveal

  1. Thank you Mom! I already bought two more small side tables today while antiquing with some friends, so my next few projects are already in the works!

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