A company I once worked with gives their pallets away, so I go there a lot. I removed the planks with a hammer and pry bar. Figured out the design, ripped the boards to size on a table saw, and cut boards to size. I was able to use some of the old nails to try to keep with the rustic feel. To have proper strength and stability, I did need to use screws in some locations. I also did little initials of our kids names to personalize it.