Pallet Farm Table Desk Part 1 – gathering the wood

How I built a rustic pallet Farm Table Desk ~ Part 1, gathering the goods. This post shares where I found all my free pallet wood and cedar fence planks!

Pallet Farm Table Desk Part 1 – gathering the wood

Much like these cedar fence planks all lined up in a group, I’ve been swarmed with good wishes and kudos over the last little while. If you’re new here, you can get caught up on ‘the book’ news HERE.

So while I get all that sorted out, I felt it was now or never to get started on a new project I’ve been wanting for a very long time!

I have visioned a super long 12 foot Pallet Farm Table Desk in a downstairs office. There is a large picture window in the basement, and a long desk along the entire stretch of that wall could be such an amazing workspace! 

Plus, giving it a farmhouse feel would be totally cool and not something you see everyday! Add the fact that this would be entirely made out of reclaimed wood making it free too? Well… sounds like a clear win to me!

So it was time to get this dream furniture build underway… even though I had NO idea what I was doing. 

I had never built furniture from scratch before, so I was somewhat hesitant on how to go about this. After a little advice from builder friends, it sounded as if I was on the right track. After a little general knowledge going over basic framework for stability, it was time to gather up the wood.

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Pallet Farm Table Desk Part 1 – gathering the wood
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Pallet Farm Table Desk Series

1 – gathering the goods

2 – the build

3 – the reveal

Visit all 3 parts HERE

How I built a rustic pallet Farm Table Desk ~ Part 1, gathering the goods. This post shares where I found all my free pallet wood and cedar fence planks!

Wood used for this project:
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  • Pallet wood oak posts
  • Reclaimed wood cedar fence planks
  • Reclaimed 2x4s

How I built a rustic pallet Farm Table Desk ~ Part 1, gathering the goods. This post shares where I found all my free pallet wood and cedar fence planks!

Gathering the wood
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I’ve been gathering up reclaimed wood from my favorite pallet shopping mall HERE. I found a few 4×4 pallet posts one day, however they weren’t enough, so I couldn’t start the desk yet.

How I built a rustic pallet Farm Table Desk ~ Part 1, gathering the goods. This post shares where I found all my free pallet wood and cedar fence planks!

And then on this fine rainy day, I see these posts and boards sitting behind my truck after another day working at the same location.

Oh how it PAYS to chat to others about what you’re building! Matt who works there knew I was looking for more pallet posts so he removed these posts off firetruck palettes for me! You rock, Matt.

How I built a rustic pallet Farm Table Desk ~ Part 1, gathering the goods. This post shares where I found all my free pallet wood and cedar fence planks!

Pallet posts

These are posts from very large firetruck pallets and the coolest part is, they are made out of solid OAK!

How I built a rustic pallet Farm Table Desk ~ Part 1, gathering the goods. This post shares where I found all my free pallet wood and cedar fence planks!

This doesn’t look like much yet, but these boards are about to become a real deal pallet farm table desk in no time! You just wait and see. πŸ™‚

How I built a rustic pallet Farm Table Desk ~ Part 1, gathering the goods. This post shares where I found all my free pallet wood and cedar fence planks!

Reclaimed 2x4s
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new vs. used… which would you use?

I also had a stash of reclaimed 2x4s that I incorporated into the build. The most fun is finding all kinds of odds and sods and making them work.

The choice to purchase them new was there of course, but when I found the old ones, that’s the way I chose to go!

I’m a firm believer in, if you want your projects to look old, use reclaimed wood where possible.

How I built a rustic pallet Farm Table Desk ~ Part 1, gathering the goods. This post shares where I found all my free pallet wood and cedar fence planks!

Reclaimed cedar fence planks
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Next up, these cedar fence planks were in my neighbour’s yard. They didn’t want them any longer and I asked if I could take them off their hands. They said yes!

So I threw the cedar planks over their fence into my own yard.What a great haul!

Did you read about the dumpster that parked next door? You have to read it. One of the best days of my entire life is HERE. πŸ™‚

The planks are apparently very old although they look brand new. I was thrilled to take them off their hands and knew I’d eventually figure out what to do with them. It sure pays to stockpile reclaimed wood!

These planks would indeed become the top of this pallet farm table desk!

How I built a rustic pallet Farm Table Desk ~ Part 1, gathering the goods. This post shares where I found all my free pallet wood and cedar fence planks!

How to clean reclaimed wood
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To clean reclaimed wood, I generally pressure wash, then stack to dry.

Learn how to clean reclaimed wood and stack it to dry so it doesn't warp.

Since this wood wasn’t mildewed or really even dirty in any way, I decided to wash these down by hand with a scrub brush and soapy water.

Learn how to clean reclaimed wood and stack it to dry so it doesn't warp.

Then they were rinsed off with a water hose.


How to stack washed reclaimed wood to dry so it doesn't warp - part of a desk build.

Stack on cement to dry
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Wet wood is best stacked on cement, then standing up with air space between each plank, otherwise the wood will warp.

To store, wait until the boards are completely dry, then stack in such a way that allows some air flow if possible.

Aren’t they gorgeous?!?

How to stack washed reclaimed wood to dry so it doesn't warp - part of a desk build.

 I love how I can enjoy this desk for many years to come and think of the generosity of my neighbours. And be grateful for my firetruck place stash.

So… wanna see what I’m building? I’ll show you my high tech plans to mull over…

Drawing plans to make a pallet farm table desk - learn how I did it here!

The pallet farm table desk plans
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Could you build a desk around this plan? πŸ™‚

This is my first build entirely from scratch, so this would indeed be a wonderful challenge…

And you know what? My idea is working!

Continue with Part 2 below!

Pallet Farm Table Desk Series

Visit all 3 parts HERE

or visit posts individually below:

Pallet Farm Table Desk ~ Part 1, gathering the goods

1 – gathering the wood

Pallet farm table desk Part 2 - the build

2 – the build

Pallet farm table desk Part 3 - the reveal

3 – the reveal

Questions answered about the pallet farm table desk

A boat load of questions answered on the farm table desk 

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40 thoughts on “Pallet Farm Table Desk Part 1 – gathering the wood

  1. Donna,
    They look perfect. I will be waiting with all the other thousands of your fans. πŸ™‚ Really, I am so excited about the(YOUR)book. It just shows that hard work and lots of talent sometime merge.
    smiles, alice

  2. you rock girl! you give all us wanna be builders such hope. i am sitting on the edge of the couch waiting for this desk build to be complete. and yes, the drawing is awesome..what more do you need cuz its all in the head anyhoo.
    judi

  3. #7 Mandi, I get my wood from broken down palettes you can find for free most anywhere. Some places resell the palettes however others throw them out or give them away. It pays to ask.

    This is something else I’m going deeper into in ‘the book’ as well. How to find what I do.

    Donna

  4. Hello Donna…I’m new to your blog, but I get so inspired reading your posts! I just recently moved into a house built in 1948 along the Oregon Coast. It has so much character & I want to keep the decor rather vintage-ish. Your pallet table is ideal for my house. Luckily we have a very cool architectural salvage place not far & I know exactly where the perfect lumber is for a project like this!! Can’t wait to see your progress so I can replicate it! πŸ™‚ I wish you luck with your book!! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.

  5. Beautiful wood there Donna. I can’t wait to see the finished product! I also have a pile of wood behind my shed from when our neighbours ripped down a fence. they were just going to throw it away so i grabbed as much as I could. I plan to make a BBQ table one day.

  6. I love the idea of palet wood for a desk, it’s great wood, why throw it out, I say…Have you seen my rusty bucket post called “hanging pot” at Mel’s Cabin? Hop on over when you get the chance…you’re mentioned again….

  7. Great post! I can’t wait to see what how the finished product looks. And your banana belt weather sounds awesome. I grew up in SW Washington and I love the rain. Having things be green all the time is well worth getting wet πŸ™‚

  8. We’ve used plans like that too, and also more elaborate ones, depending on what we are building.

    It is always a treat to visit your blog. What an inspiration you are.

    Looking forward to seeing this next wonderful project of yours.

    Happy Creating ~ FlowerLady

  9. Your wood is simply gorgeous! I must admit I try not to look too hard or I start to covet… haha! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see the finished product! I had to laugh because I am currently working through a stack of “plans.” We currently live in a tiny (1200 sq ft, 3 bdrm) house with low ceilings but it is about to get bigger. We are having an addition build and I’m drew up the building plans. Currently I am working on the room plans… and then it will be plans for the furniture (so the project doesn’t end us in the poor house. LOL) SO right now you are providing LOTS of inspiration! Thanks!!

  10. Hi Donna-

    My olfactory senses are getting a wood fix when I viewed the photos of you washing the planks – do they smell as good as they look?

    Nice to receive a mention on Junk Radio πŸ™‚ What a fun site.
    My best- Diane

  11. Junk Radio?! Wow, never heard of it! I, too, looking forward to seeing your new desk! It will be awesome, I’m sure.
    Ever faithful follower.
    ~Pam

  12. I’m tellin’ ya, girl…they are coming at ya from all directions. Now a radio show!! Pretty soon, you are going to have your own freakin Funky Junk TV Show. :)))

    That wood is beautiful. Can not WAIT to see your desk. I know it will blow our sox off.
    ‘hugs, bj

  13. This is going to turn out gorgeous!!! I’m green with envy.

    Junk In My Trunk is a local show that I just found out about a couple of weeks ago. Cool that they are featuring you.

  14. Donna – Where DO you get all your energy? Wish I could find just a fraction of it! Congratulations on the upcoming book. My sister was involved in a group of gals that recently saw their very own magazine published and what a satisfying experience. Best to you on your success. πŸ™‚

  15. you just crack me up. but I admire your brilliant imagination and am looking forward to seeing the finished product. Oddly enough, I am germinating the seed of an idea for an art project using a shipping pallet. more to come on that too… I don’t happen to have a source for a pallet (yet).

  16. Where DO you live?? I want to move there! I live in Coeur d’Alene, ID and in the summer it’s like heaven, but man these winters are getting old…
    Your projects are beautiful and so inspiring!! Thanks πŸ™‚

  17. After I went back and read a little of her blog, I see that you two know each other. (Creative Ambitions)…ok…just wanted to be sure you knew her.

  18. Hi! A fellow fraser valleyite here…can you tell me the type of brush you were using to clean the wood, and where I could get one too? Thanks!

  19. It pays off to be a chatty Cathy sometimes, lol! Love that Matt, disassembled the posts you need and left them for you to load in your truck!
    I consider myself to be pretty good at networking and I attribute it to my gift of gab I inherited from my Dad.

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