How to Build a Coffee Table From Reclaimed Wood and Wrought Iron

Reclaimed wood is economical and has a rustic feel, no matter what form it takes. A reclaimed wood coffee table with wrought iron accents is an excellent way to add practicality and beauty to any room. This table is so inexpensive and easy to make that you want to make a matching set. The wrought iron accents add dimension and strength to this table that fits well with any décor. As an added bonus, you'll know that you are keeping one more thing from piling up at the dump when you rescue and reuse a pallet.

Breathe new life into pallets by making a wood and wrought iron coffee table.

Step 1

Find two small pallets of the same size that have at least 10-inch legs. Pallets can be found many places, including local warehouses, brick yards, garden supply stores and even dumps.

Step 2

Inspect the pallets for nails or staples. Use a screwdriver or the end of a hammer to remove any sharp protrusions.

Step 3

Sand the pallets with a palm sander equipped with medium-grit sandpaper. Sand only in the direction of the wood grain. Use a tack cloth to remove any residual wood dust.

Step 4

Spread out old newspapers and put the pallets on top. Apply a brown wood stain with a clean rag. Be sure to cover the entire pallet. Allow the stain to dry then apply more stain to light areas.

Step 5

Turn the pallets right side up. Place a generous layer of strong wood glue on the top corners of the base pallet. Stack the second pallet carefully on top of the first. Wipe off any excess glue. Place four weighted objects on the corners of the top pallet to assist with adhesion. Allow the wood to dry.

Step 6

Measure and make a mark in the center of the top pallet's two front facing and two back facing legs. Place a wrought iron star with a center hole at each mark and secure them to the pallet with 2-inch wood screws.

Step 7

Measure and make a mark at the halfway points on the face of the top pallet's left and right end boards along either side of the table. Install a wrought iron star door handle, using the marks as a guide and following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Things You Will Need

  • 36-by-36 inch wood pallets (2)
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Palm sander
  • Medium-grade sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Tack cloth
  • Rag
  • Newspapers
  • Strong wood glue
  • Measuring tape
  • Wood screws
  • Wrought iron decorative stars (2)
  • Wrought iron decorative star handles (2)


  • The highest quality wood pallets come from foreign shipments.

About the Author

Susan Patterson is a health and gardening advocate. She is a Master Gardener, Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor and a Certified Health Coach with vast experience working with organic gardening and nutrition. Her passions include sustainable living, organic foods and functional fitness. Patterson has been writing and presenting on health and gardening topics for 10 years.

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