I wanted to make a unique piece from pallets, and I think I accomplished it. Here's my Hexagonal Coffee Table. It used two pallets and only cost about 15 dollars!
If you want a challenge with a lot of rewards, try your own Hexagonal Coffee Table:
First, I dismantled a few pallets to find the right tones and thicknesses of wood, in the sizes I needed. I ended up using deck boards equaling about two pallets total. It was definitely a challenge to cut all the angles and get it all lined up, but it was fun!
I cut the pieces for the sub-frame, out of the pallet stringers. I made a box and then put a cross in the center so the table-top boards would have somewhere to mount. I installed the legs to the inside of the sub-frame box, and created a second box and mounted it low to create a shelf and also to provide added strength and support. I built a smaller shelf underneath in the center of the table.
After finishing the structural build, it was time to conquer the fun part - the top! I cut a center hexagonal shape to build off of; cutting the size so that each side was the width of a standard deck board. I centered and mounted it, and then began by mounting the six mainboards that make the "starburst"-pattern in the center. Then started filling in the remaining sections, carefully cutting the angles and sanding them to fit snugly. I mounted everything with screws and sanded it smooth, but left some of the interesting pallet defects and character intact.
I plan to stain and seal it to protect the beautiful wood for years to come.
Hope you enjoy it :) I know it was fun making this Hexagonal Coffee Table. Something about not throwing things away and finding the use for them really makes me happy!