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.