DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

There is nothing more rewarding than making something and at the same time re using some good old pallets ;) This tutorial can be done 2 different ways - the proper way and the lazy way - and you can use this as a guide to make - tables / benches / wall art / trays / barn doors/ furniture doors - the sky is your limit - now i have already written the proper way to do this type of table top - in my Aztec wall art post - check it here , but as I do love a lazy diy - Today i show you how to build create it the lazy way - and this might be a rather long post so lets roll ! This table is going to a very special friend of mine - and at the moment of this post going live - i would probably be half way making another table similar to this for our garden;)

DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY
DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

to construct the table all you need is
drill with screw driver and a wood drill bit
measuring tape ( ok i didnt use it ;)
pelcil ( that i did use )
rubber - to rub off pencil marks
saw - hand or electric
sander and sanding paper
pallet wood boards ( or any boards) i used 18
some side wood to dress sides up up - i used 3 x 2.5 meter pieces in size 18x70 mm
no nails adhesive
nails
wood stain
clear varnish
for legs - 3 boards of 47mm x 75mm (L)2400mm and 1 board 22mm x 125mm (L)1800mm

DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

To construct table frame
I used my old wood top as a base so i did not have to construct a table frame , but if i did - i would have done it this way as the plan i made on the picture above - basically you are creating a frame with 4 pieces of wood plus one piece in the middle to support your wood - but you can use more mood / ply whatever you got as a base :) - the reason why there is no solid base is that when creating the Aztec design on the table top the lazy way you will not need a full base - but if you want to do it the proper way just construct the frame and add a solid type of board on top and adjust your side dressing wood width accordingly :)

DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY
DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

Table top building
1- lay all your pallet wood on either frame you made or an old table you want to recover - and then to save yourself the amount of cuts that you need to do simply attach 2 sides ( one long and one short ) of side dressing wood - that way you know your pallet boards will be straight - and wont move about when you start attaching them

DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

2 - measure , and mark - ok i didnt use measuring tape here - i simply pushed the pallet board against the side dressing wood - and marked underneath the table where the other end needs to be cut

DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY
DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

3 - cut the board using either electric or hand saw and sand the edge so its smooth

DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY
DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

4 - using the no nail adhesive and nails (best to put 2 at each end and one in the center) attach the board to your table frame/ base and continue doing this to all the pallets - if you are on the last piece and it doesn’t fit your frame - as pallet wood isnt a uniform width - then mark the piece and cut it to fit the size

DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

5 - attach rest of side dressing wood - i done it the easiest way - no fancy cuts needed here , but if you are feeling adventures simply cut both pieces of wood at an angle … but lets be honest here - aint no body got time for that ! so simply cut the dressing wood like i did

DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

6 - sanding - did you know that i love sanding ? nahh thats a lie i hate it ! - but is got to be done …

DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY
DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

7 Creating the design - most of Aztec patterns are created with a simple 45 degree angle - your electric saw as well as mitre box for hand saw got this angle :) - simply grab an off cut of pallet and create a template - you need cut it at 45 degree on both sides - and get drawing - i also wrote a letter on every pattern that correspods with a color i wanted to use

DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

8 - creating the design - here is a plan for you - its rather simple - you can create any pattern you like , but if you liked mine - here is the plan guide - i prepared earlier x

DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY
DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

9 - the lazy way - now here is a trick - and no its not an add ;) - i had at home worx sonicrafter ( they are always on offer somewhere i think i seen some in bq going cheap this week) - as i used this to remove dado rails and random bits of cutting :) - i simply attached a saw piece to it and started cutting into previoesly drawn pattern - dont cut straight through the board - just a little bit to create an illusion that you spend hours cutting and creating pattern as well as crate a gap so your wood stain wont seep through other side ! - painting pattern on uncut wood with wood stain is a no go - stain just seeps through - so dont bother ( or again you can do the table pattern it the proper way but i really could not be bothered and wanted to see if the lazy way was doable and i done the proper way before - both ways work well and you cant tell the difference )

DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

10 - staining - pick your stain colours - in my case it was ebony , and dark oak ( the light pieces are unstained ) - grab a cheap flat headed art brush - and paint the detail - rest you can stain the traditional way - with a piece of rug . Once stain is dry - put a clear coat of outdoor varnish - i used mat here

DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

the finished table top looks like this - now onto building legs

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DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

To construct taable legs is really easier than you think - think of creating a shape of a 2 letters “H” With extra 2 boards on top - what i did is i got 3 pieces of treated timber (T)47mm (W)75mm (L)2400mm ( i buy by eye it looked chunky enough for the table ;) - the 2 pieces itself were enough to create the H legs - one piece was used as a center beam and and 1 piece of Sawn treated timber (T)22mm (W)125mm (L)1800mm i cut in haf and attach it from the top to the h leg to strenghthen it as well as use it from screwing the legs to the table from the underneath

DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

First cut all the wood for your legs and centre beam

you want to create something like that - i know its a rubbish plan but i still need to get my head around how to make those plans - can you see the top board resting on the legs ? well you need 2 of those on every leg

DIY Pallet wood AZTEC TABLE - THE EASY WAY

This is how i constructed legs - i used 2 random pieces of wood to rest the middle beam so its even at both sides - i screwed it from the side

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Once you do 2 legs - add both of top beams on - and them put your table top back on - and start attaching legs to the top using wood screws - on the second photo you see how my table top looks from underneath - there is plenty of space for me to secure the legs

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Finished table should look like this - i didnt have the time to stain legs as it started to rain ( the white dust you see all over the place is saw dust ‘)
I hope that you all have enjoyed this tutorial and i cannot wait to see how you adapt it to your homes and personal styles
Love Pati x