Close to Free Close to Tryde Coffee Table

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About This Project

After my free drink station project I was going to swear off pallet wood for larger pieces, then I came across what may be a holy grail of pallets. 4 feet by 5 feet made with 4X4's and 2X6's held together with screws rather than nails. Yup, something had to be done with this.

so the sort of free comes from the lumber being free while I paid for the stain and poly. Of course, you could say we always pay for those, in this instance though they weren't leftovers from another project.

I say sort of Tryde because it shares the basics of the table, 2 by top pieces, breadboards, chunky 4X4 legs. However, given my wood choices the lumber sizes are all mixed around. Also because I was originally going to make the modern X leg kids picnic table but didn't have any good wood for the legs.

So instead of the breadboards being the wide pieces those are now 2X3's with 2X6's for the table top pieces. Another difference is that instead of 1X4's for the aprons boxed out I used 2X4's. This really wasn't a big deal because I had a Kreg Jig. By the way, got the master system and it rocks my socks off.

Compared to my last pallet wood projects these boards pretty much look store bought, I wish I had remembered to take a picture before I stained it. They're definitely a bit knotty but that's OK because even when I don't want an overly distressed look I still don't think wood should be perfect, if I wanted that I would use MDF.

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Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Simple Minwax Ebony stain with a gloss spray poly.
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You are right about the pallet. I Wish I could get my hands on a couple of those! The coffee table looks amazing.

I have access to an endless supply of pallets now, but most of the wood is in pretty bad I am very jealous of that pallet!!  You did a great job with the table.  Looks like your roommate is lucking out in the furniture department!

There's a warehouse in town which seems to get a wide variety of things shipped to them as they seem to have barely any normal shipping pallets. That's also a bonus because that means many of them are one time use so the wood isn't too beat on.

Alex, this is a good find turned into great coffee table. You may get it cheaper next time if you find oops paint/stain ;) I am loving them since I learned about their existence!