Lately I've been dabbling in woodworking.  I'm certainly no expert at it but I actually find it relaxing and it brought out a creative side of me I didn't even know existed.  A few weeks ago I purchased 70 bags of topsoil for what I hope turns out to be a garden at some point in the future.  They were delivered on a standard 40 x 48 inch wooden pallet that from the look of it has had its fair share of use.  Standing there in my garage looking at this worn and weathered pallet, I noticed a sense of beauty about its rusted nails and abused gray wood.  I pondered what the story was behind it and how many adventures it had been on.  So what did I do?  I started to dismantle it with a pry bar and hammer so I could use it to burn in the backyard fire pit I had recently completed.  As it laid on my garage floor in pieces I had an idea, I don't know why, or what had prompted it, but for some reason I thought to myself "Hey, that would make a neat looking coffee table."

My intent was to build a coffee table for my living room, as my current coffee table had a lovely 70's flair to it that I wasn't exactly fond of.  The first task at hand was to decide what would become the legs of the table.  I noticed that the 3 stringers (the pieces of wood that support the deck boards) had arches cut in them for a forklift.  These stringers would be perfect for the legs as they are sturdy and the arch cut into them would give the legs a decorative look.  I cut the stringers right down the middle of the arches and was able to get 4 identical pieces that I could use for the legs.

For the top of the table I was initially going to lay 5 of the deck boards parallel to one another.  After laying these out it looked nice but I thought I could do better.  To give the table more character I cut the deckboards into random lengths and laid them out so each cut was offset from the neighboring board.  I now had the legs for the table and boards I would use for the table top.  I used the remainder of the wood left from the pallet to secure to the underside of the table to provide additional support and to hold the boards in place.  To assemble everything together I simply used some wood screws I already had and some trimming nails.  In the process of building the table I came across two pieces of rebar I had in my garage.  Using my newly discovered creative side I cut these and placed them between the table legs on each end.  I did this by drilling a hole on the inside of each leg just big enough to hammer the rebar into.

All of the above took me approximately 2 hours or so and I was quite proud of what I had made, it looked pretty darn good!  This is when I had my second idea.  What if I could actually sell this magnificent coffee table I had just created.  In the past I had attended a few flea markets with my wife and I knew there was at least some market for my creation.  I shared my grand plan to sell the table with my wife.  She was immediately against my plan.  Why you ask?  Because she loved the table and wanted to keep it.  I assured her that if I were able to sell it that I would create another one for her.  So I put a coat of polyurethane on the table's surface and created an ad on craigslist.  I was about to list it for 50 dollars, but this price was balked at by my better half.  She said she would bet I'd be able to get at least 100 dollars for it.  So I did what any self respecting husband would do and I listed it for 100 dollars, not actually thinking anyone would pay that much for something I created.       

Later that afternoon I checked my email and was surprised to find emails from 3 people interested in the table.  One of them actually said how it was exactly what she had been looking for.  Since I believe in the first come, first serve mentality I responded to the first email letting her know it was still available.  She replied minutes later and wanted to come pick it up right away.  An hour later I was loading the table in her car and she was ecstatic.  In fact she asked me if I'd be interested in making a matching end table.  I actually had quite a sense of accomplishment after she left.  A guy like myself with no experience in this sort of thing just made someones day with nothing more than an old pallet.

If you have any questions or have had a similar experience making something creative please leave a comment below.  



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