Butcher Block Pallet Table

This table serves as a dining area and a cooking area to maximize space in the kitchen.

Butcher Block Pallet Table

This table serves as a dining area and a cooking area to maximize space in the kitchen.

Difficulty: Intermediate

(2) 3' × 4' wood pallets
¾" cabinet-grade plywood at 44" × 36" × ¾"
48" × 42" × 35" butcher block
Wood glue
1¾" screws
Drill driver with 1/16" drill bit
Paint in color of your choice
Paint roller
Sander or 150-grit sandpaper
150-grit sand discs
½" latch screws
¾" screws
3" wide-angle brackets

  1. Use the tape measure to find the center of the shorter side of the first pallet, which should be 18". However, since the plywood is ¾" thick, instead of marking 18", mark 17 5/8" from both the top and the bottom of the pallet. Repeat this step on the middle and bottom pieces of wood on the pallet, and then with the other pallet

  2. Now it’s time to attach the 3" wide-angle brackets to the pallets at the marks from step 1. The brackets come in two parts. Separate the halves, and predrill holes into the pallet. Then lay down the pallet and drill ¾" screws into the pallet through the holes of each bracket

  3. Carpenter Tip: When predrilling, it’s best to use a drill bit that’s slightly smaller than the screw so you don’t accidentally drill a hole that’s bigger than the screw. In this case, use a 1/16" drill bit.

  4. Place the plywood flush against the three bracket halves. Secure it in place by adding the other halves of the brackets flush to the plywood, in line with the halves attached in step 2

  5. Turn the pallet back so it is standing, and repeat steps 2 and 3 to add the second pallet to the plywood. This will serve as the base of the table

  6. Now that the base is complete, measure and mark 7" from the ends of each pallet. Next, measure and mark 7" in from both sides where the pallet and plywood meet. This is where the L-brackets will be placed

  7. Place the L-bracket at the mark and predrill the holes with a 1/16" drill bit. Then drill the bracket into place with ½" screws

  8. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the opposite side of the base

  9. Set the butcher pallet on top of the base and sit it flush with the edge of the base. Don’t attach it yet – just make sure it sits right
  10. Paint the base with a paint roller. Use a smaller paintbrush to paint the tighter areas

  11. Set aside for two hours to dry
  12. Once it’s dry, lay the butcher block in place. Drill it into place with 1¾" wood screws from underneath, through the L-brackets and into the butcher block

  13. Place the table in the desired area and enjoy!