The Coffee Table


The first design in The Heirloom Collection,  “The Coffee Table” is a custom piece to pass down from generation to generation. It’s solid, full of history, and has a story.

Designing and building this at the request of a new customer was downright FUN. The reclaimed components make me giddy:  a recycled door base, pallet slat table top, a distressed pine wood frame, and barn wood beam legs.

When the customer first send me a photo of something similar and asked if I’d build it, I enthusiastically said yes. I’m always on a mission to show that there are SO many things you can do with pallets. My goal was to highlight the natural beauty of hand-picked pallet slats on the top so that guests in my customer’s home would exclaim, “Wait, those are pallets?”


Most pallet planks have a rough side and a smooth side. If you are fortunate to find some of the very large, heat-treated pallets with extra thick planks, those are the best to use if you are going to have kids running their hands and feet on the wood. The planks on this table come from three different pallets. One was given to me in Vermont from an older gentleman who had let it weather behind his barn for years. PERFECT. The other two I picked from Pennsylvania, and it was important for all three to be HT and not chemically treated. The varying wood grains and patterns are highlighted in their natural state; after sanding each slat before securing it to the top, the top was finished with three thin coats of satin poly.

Fitting each row within the frame made me feel like I was on Survivor, competing in a reward challenge. I consider it good practice for when I submit my application for the 4th time. Maybe this skill will help me finally get selected to be on the Brawn tribe.


Since it’s still winter, I decided to build the table in my small basement, and for the first time, carted all my power tools, saws, and lumber down there to build ‘indoors.’

Now, I haven’t mentioned that this table is close to seven feet long and three feet wide. With six barn wood beam legs, the recycled door that serves as the frame, plus all of the wood on top, the table turned out to be a beast, especially when having to bring it back up the steep basement stairs.  On the trek from the basement to the living room, I enthusiastically pitched my idea to Chris about building a tiny home on our property and instead using our ranch-style home as my workshop (“Perfect! No stairs! Easy access to electricity and my truck!”).  We placed the table in our living room temporarily to keep it protected from the elements until the delivery day. And then I decided I need to build one of these for our room, especially since Chris wasn’t as excited about my tiny house idea as I was. Or maybe I should just focus on building a pole barn.

“The Coffee Table,” lovingly referred to by me as “The Beast,” made it safe and sound to its new home:


I know it’s not really an Easter Egg if you give away the secret, but there is an Easter Egg on the table. (I’m horrible with surprises. Obviously. Surprise!)  In the middle on one of the slats is an original stamp from whomever made the pallet itself. “Sustainable.”  Yep. That sums it up.


The Coffee Table: please email me for a quote for your order. Prices vary depending on size.

About Mel

My name is Mel, and I spend my time living, working and playing on the east coast. I'm a reclaimed wood artist who loves to continually find ways to repurpose wood and give it new life. "Nature Calls: Reclaimed Wood Designs" is my business dedicated to doing that! Thanks for stopping by!
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