Pallet Farm Table Desk Part 2 – the build

Learn how to build a Pallet Farm Table Desk Part 2 - the build shares the wood required and how to assemble the framework for this large 12 foot desk!

Pallet Farm Table Desk Part 2 – the build

 

This project was long time coming!

After weeks of gathering all the right reclaimed and pallet wood, then cleaning it up in Part 1 HERE, it was finally time to get all this wood cut and looking like a desk!

And I admit, I was pretty stoked, hoping this would work out being my first build from scratch!

But I’m thrilled to report, not only did it work out, it turned out better than I could have ever imagined.

I ended up with a solid desk with a farm table vibe. All out of reclaimed wood!

So let’s continue with how the desk was built!

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Pallet Farm Table Desk Part 2 – the build.
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Pallet Farm Table Desk Series

1 – gathering the goods

2 – the build

3 – the reveal

Visit all 3 parts HERE

Preparing the wood
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After all the wood was cleaned and dried as shown in Part 1 HERE, all the planks were then sanded on all 4 sides with a palm sander.


Building the frame
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Careful consideration to what pieces of wood had actual pallet markings were noted so they would face the front. This was gonna be cool!

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

And this was the plan I worked off of. Isn’t it beautiful?! LOL I drew a more detailed one for you below so don’t you worry!

The basic frame was dry-fit on the driveway, then cut with a miter saw to desired size.

Once the build was sorted out, everything was brought inside where the table would sit so it could be built on the spot.

At 12 feet long, this is a very long table that wouldn’t fit through a regular doorway otherwise!

Below is a run down of the wood cuts and how it was laid out:

Learn how to build a Pallet Farm Table Desk Part 2 - the build shares the wood required and how to assemble the framework for this large 12 foot desk!

Table pieces cut:
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  • Legs – square posts / 27″ tall / 8 needed
  • Frame front – 2x4s – 4 feet long / 6 needed
  • Frame sides and inner supports – 2x4s – 27″ long / 6 needed
  • Top – cedar planks / 5″ x 36″ / 26 needed

The pallet oak posts were cut down to 8 legs at 27″ tall.

Learn how to build a Pallet Farm Table Desk Part 2 - the build shares the wood required and how to assemble the framework for this large 12 foot desk!

Above is a diagram of how the basic frame was structured.

Below is a picture of the built frame.

Learn how to build a Pallet Farm Table Desk Part 2 - the build shares the wood required and how to assemble the framework for this large 12 foot desk!

Learn how to build a Pallet Farm Table Desk Part 2 - the build shares the wood required and how to assemble the framework for this large 12 foot desk!

How to assemble:
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1. The main 2×4 frame was set on the floor in a big rectangle. Then the rest of the pieces were dry-fit into place before assembly.

2. The leg posts were positioned into place.

3. The supports were positioned into place.

4. Then it was a matter of pre-drilling holes, and assembling everything together with a cordless drill and screws.

5. Once the frame was built, the cedar planks were placed on top.

And I never did screw them down, but they could be!

This table ended up rock-steady! I couldn’t budge it! And that’s a sign of a pretty sound build I say!

I’m quite certain that an expert builder could have done it differently or with less cuts perhaps. I just desired to use up the reclaimed wood I had to make it work. So if you can think of your own cheats that would save you time, do that for sure!

But I’m super stoked how this ‘Pallet Farm Table Desk Part 2 – the build’ turned out which you’ll soon see in Part 3 HERE!

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Visit Part 3 HERE to see the reveal on how it all turned out!

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 goods

Learn how to build a Pallet Farm Table Desk Part 2 - the build shares the wood required and how to assemble the framework for this large 12 foot desk!

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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  1. i am SO with you on the palm sander! the desk is LOOKING GOOD so far. love that stamped element on the leg…so funky junkified perfect!

    i thought spring was coming…heard birdies singing a few days ago…now we’re expecting another 6-12 inches. we’ve already hit a national record with 151 inches this winter! oh i SO want to get some projects done, like you said…outdoors so the dust can fly!

    judi

  2. I thought of you today when I was loading some free firewood with my kids. It was at a house that will be demo’d and the (deceased) guy who built the house years ago used salvaged materials. I spied old wood trim that his son gave me and I asked him to call me before the demo so that I can salvage some faded white wood that’s on the side of the house! At one point I told my 13 year old son that he sure was strong and he said, “I have to be with a mom like you.” Ha!
    J in WA 🙂

  3. I am working on a pallet project as we speak and need some advice. Do you do anything to the wood besides sanding? Any treatments? I am making a bench {some awesome bench theme party happening later this week, lol} and was thinking maybe I should use some type of varnish for the wood. Also since it IS old pallet wood there are a few pieces that have split…would you still use them? Anything you can do to help with that? Thanks so much in advance and for being my inspiration!

  4. Donna ~

    I am about to embark on my first build-it-yourself project and I completely fell in love with your desk. A few questions did cross my mind, what size wood did you use to frame the table top? How many posts did you require to make the desk an impressive 12 feet long?

    Natalie