Step One: Gather Materials and Stain Them
I used wooden shipping pallets. Pallets can be found at any furniture store and are free. Never pay for pallets - they are everywhere! I gathered mine from a construction company. I also needed wood for the legs of the coffee table, a measuring device, a circular saw, screws, and a drill. The distressed farm-wood was found in an abandoned shed in the Ostrander district. I stained all wood with the same dark color before I began work. A picture of the stained wood is in the appendix (Figure 1).
Step Two: Making Measurements
I had to measure all of the legs to makes sure they were the same size because no one wants a wobbly coffee table. It is extremely important to mark the measurements with pencil so they can be cut at the same spot. Figure 2 shows my measurements for the table.
Step Three: Cutting Legs (Hopefully not your own!)
Figure 3 is a picture of me using the circular saw! Yes, I was surprised I didn’t cut off a finger, too. I was a little worried about using the saw, but thankfully I had a seasoned professional looking after me (my dad). The trick is to hold the wood steady with one leg and wear protective glasses! The photo shows I am cutting the legs to my coffee table.
Step Four: Screwing Everything Together
This was surprisingly simple! I just screwed all of the materials together with a drill.
Step Five: Farm-Wood finish
When my family found this farm-wood driving around one day, I thought it was totally rustically gorgeous and knew I had to use it somehow. I ended up screwing on top of the pallet coffee table. This created a sturdy surface for drinks, magazines, food, etc. and fed into the “farmhouse chic” look my dad’s house is characterized by. Figures 4 and 5, shows my finished product!