I used many pallets. (Lost count) I planned each board then used the table saw to square them up as much as possible. I then face nailed them (I hope they stay down) To finish up; I used cherry stain and two coats of high gloss and one coat of satin polyurethane. It took me about a month working on and off. The hardest part was planing the boards and cleaning up the all of the sawdust.