You can elevate the mundane to elegant! I made this Lucite-Topped Pallet Table in only three hours to go with my pallet bench. It used four double-wing pallets and is topped with 3mm pre-cut Perspex (a type of Lucite).
How I built my Lucite-Topped Pallet Table:
First, I sanded them down with sandpaper to get the roughness off them Then I sprayed them green with regular fence paint. I turned one upside down - stacking them skid-to-skid. I then screwed another on top and repeated this with another next to it.
I ordered some Perspex (3mm cut to size - a type of Lucite). When I received it, I drilled holes very in the corners and middle, countersinking the holes before securing it with screws. I added a finishing touch to my Lucite-Topped Pallet Table: I put white solar lights underneath (not in photo), and that was my table complete.
This project took me about 3 hours. The longest wait was for the paint to dry, haha! Now . . . Onto my next pallet project!
FYI: How to drill the Perspex material for my Gorgeous Lucite-Topped Pallet Table without cracking it:
You can buy acrylic-specific drill bits. They have a different geometric structure that is designed to puncture acrylic more easily, and they are less likely to melt Plexiglas. See the attached sheet from Perspex.com -pointers for drilling acrylic.
- Always wear proper safety gear including safety goggles!
- You can use either a regular power drill or you can use a drill press working at about 500 to 1000 RPM. You can get acrylic drill bits, but the manufacturer states that most drill bits will function adequately if you proceed slowly.
- Practice on a small piece of scrap if possible first!
- Put it on top of a piece of wood - like MDF - this helps reduce chip-outs.
- Clamp the sheet down to the MDF or plywood you're using underneath. Secure it well.
- Don't drill too close to the edge of acrylic - it's notorious for chipping if too close.
- Start to drill slowly. You don't need a center-punch like you would with metal. Continue to drill slowly and steadily. Clear the shavings frequently - you need to see what you're doing!
- If you've got a thick sheet of acrylic, stop frequently and clear the shavings and allow your drill bit a little time to cool off, so you don't melt the acrylic.