DIY Chevron Coffee Table – Stunning Decor Designs made from Reclaimed Pallets

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If there’s one project that you decide to leave with a natural finish, make it the Chevron Coffee Table. If you choose a pallet that varies in color and texture, you can create a really beautiful table simply through the weathering and history of the wood. The pallet I found had been sitting outside for a long time and the wood was old and brittle, but once I cleaned it up and put those final few coats of lacquer on the table, it easily turned into one of my favorite pieces in the book.

  • Tools    Nail gun or hammer 1″ nails 1½” nails Miter saw Wood glue Sandpaper Table saw Circular saw Ruler or square
  • Materials Pallet pieces Top (12): 8¼” × 3⅜” Trim (2): 2½” × ¾” × 8′ boards (standard 1×3×8 from lumberyard) One 28¾” × 11⅛” piece of ⅝” plywood Four table legs


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Take one of the 8¼” pieces and cut off both ends at a 45-degree angle, making sure that both angles face the same way to create a parallelogram
shape. Repeat with the remaining 11 pieces.

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2. Lay the boards out on the piece of plywood in a chevron shape, lining them up in the middle. They will overhang on each end.

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3. Once you have the pieces arranged in a pattern you like, lift them up one at a time and apply wood glue underneath. Nail the corners of each board with 1″ nails for extra support. Let dry.

4. Flip the piece over and carefully cut along the plywood on the two short ends to cut off the boards that are hanging over. You can use a jigsaw, bandsaw, or circular saw for this, whichever you’re most comfortable with. Flip the piece back over.

5. Take the extra pieces cut off in Step 4 and fit them into the two empty spots on the top and bottom of the table. The pieces will go on the end opposite to the one they were cut from. Glue and nail into place.

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6. Since I used a really old pallet for my project, the texture of the boards was varied and the edges needed trimming. Should that happen to you, flip the piece over and use a ruler or square to draw a straight line, then use the circular saw to trim along the plywood edge and even out the edges.

7. Measure each side of the table and add the width of the trim (¾”). Cut four pieces from the trim boards, two short and two long, and sand them smooth. If you choose to finish them in a different color than the table, do so now; it’s easier to paint or stain them before attaching

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8. Once the trim is dry, take one of the long pieces and place it on one long edge of the table. Line one end up flush so it overhangs ¾” on the other end, and measure ½” from the top so there’s a lip around the table top. It may be tricky to hold all those things in place at once, so I found this to be easiest: line the edges up flush and measure down ½” on the end, inserting a 1½” nail to tack the board in place. Then you can move down to the other end, measure down ½”, and insert another nail while the other side is stabilized. Glue and nail the rest of the trim in place.


9. Repeat Step 8 with the other three trim pieces, moving around the edges and lining the ends up until it’s all in place.

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10. Flip the piece over and attach a leg plate to each corner using the included hardware. Check to make sure the included screws aren’t too long; if they
are you’ll need to provide your own. Screw in the legs.

11. Finish the table with a few coats of lacquer for a water-resistant surface and to preserve the characteristics of the wood.

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