I am a graduate student and my wife, and I needed a coffee table for our new apartment. As a graduate student, I was working with a tight budget which made pallets perfect! No power tools were used, everything was done manually. The tools I used were nothing fancy: hammer, screwdrivers, handsaw, level, square, measuring tape and rubber mallet. All hardware was relatively simple and cheap: wood screws, nails, hinges and a few internal mending plates. It took me about fifteen hours spread over four days. With power tools, it could be done much faster.
Student Pallet Coffee Table