This table was made of salvage pallets and timber with a clear glass top and solid steel legs for an industrial look. The process to make this table wasn’t quite easy as I was expecting before we started. It took the work of three people, three days and a lot of hard work. Day 1: First we had to dismantle three pallets, which means knocking down with a hammer and chisel, but being careful not to damage the wood, which was really difficulty to do it, as the nails were deep inside the wood and not quite easy to come out. This job was done by my father, which I am very grateful because I wouldn’t be able to do it myself, but if you are a very strong woman you might be able to do it.
Day 2: We planed the layout of the table and put the timbers together to make a table of 160cm x 80cm, as pallets are usually 1.05 x 1.05m or euro pallets 1.20 x 0.80m, so we used euro pallets that has the same width of the table, we only had to work out the length of the table using a longer timber to cross all the way. When we finally got the layout we started to nail down, working out with measurements so each wood strips would be quite the same distance from each other, making the visual symmetrical and more pleasing to the eye. Then we waxed with medium oak liquid wax, to give a deeper tone but not too dark. Two coats were needed to get the exactly tone we wanted. Then we let it dry overnight.
Day 3: Finally we attached the steel legs and put the glass top, which were both made to order, so if there is a change of mind forget about because what you get is what you have to live with, unless you can afford to pay again for a different one. So, before you make up your mind, really think carefully what you want and how you want it. Even that the table is made of salvage pallets, which you can get it free, there is a lot of materials to purchase that is not cheap, steel legs and glass top, which makes the table a little expensive at the end, but worth it.
The results are amazing, you not only get a beautiful, industrial looking, naturally distressed wood table, that will make an amazing focal point in your dining room or kitchen, but also a piece of storage with a shelf under the top to store plates, cutlery, wine, table linen, etc. Who doesn’t need storage these days in any home? It’s beautiful, one of kind and double duty.