How to Build a Dog Feeding Station

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DAP Products Inc. for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

How to Build a Dog Feeding Station

Today you get free woodworking plans and distressed painting instructions to build this custom dog feeding station. All of the wood in this project was scored in the Craigslist free section. I literally stalk this section daily, which has paid off in spades over the years!

Saint Bernarnd Puppy

This project is for our friend's irresistibly adorable Saint Bernard puppy, Willy (above). You can easily adjust the height to fit your animal just right. This was my first time using DAP® RapidFuse™ Wood Adhesive, which I am excited about for many reasons. You will be too! Let's get started.

Tools and Materials list:

Identical food and water bowls (They don't have to be the same size as ours, but need to fit in the space                               dictated by the width of the wood you are using for the top).

DAP® RapidFuse™ Wood Adhesive

¾ inch finished-one-side plywood - 10 feet

Kreg Jig and 1.5 inch Kreg screws

1.5 inch x 0.25 inch trim strips (Or desired wood for trim)

Glue, Pencil, paper, Scissors

Table saw and Jig Saw

Nail gun

Drill

Craigslist free section gave us a section of ¾ quarter inch finished plywood in perfect shape. The piece was dry, flat, hole-free, and large enough to cut out all the pieces.

  1. The first thing to do is to build the basic box using the ¾ plywood. Here are the dimension for each piece:

(2 Pieces) Front/Back - 12” x 23”

(2 Pieces) Sides - 12” x 12”

(1 Piece) Top – 12” x 21.5”

  1. Cut Bowl opening in Top.

Willy’s bowls were the stainless steel, slightly tapered ones with a little ¼ inch lip around the top edge. The trick is to cut the opening so that it is large enough that the bowl slips all the way down in but small enough that it catches the lip of the bowl. Seems simple but because of the slight taper it is a little tricky. Here’s the way I found easiest.

Woodworking project plansGet the bowl into position. For mine each bowl opening ended up being 3.25 inches apart in the center and 7.5 inches in diameter. You can set them however you want visually. Once in place, trace a line around the upside down bowls.

Drill hole for Jig Saw

Use your drill and drill a hole inside the circle large enough for your jig saw blade to pass through.

Insert Jigsaw blade

Using your jig saw cut out the circle you traced on to the top. The trick is to cut the opening so that it is large enough that the bowl slips all the way down in but small enough that it catches the lip of the bowl. If you prefer not to eyeball it, draw a circle inside the traced circle. If you’re like me, I had to do a little finishing touch with the saw and the sandpaper, in order to get the bowls to sit down nicely in the hole. BE CAREFUL don’t get happy with the cutting and make the hole too big. You don’t want the bowl to fall through!

  1. Drill Kreg holes into each piece as follows:

          TopKreg Hole Placement for Top Piece                                                                                   SidesKreg Hole Placement for sides of holder

Use Kreg Jig to Join Wood

For more info on using this jig, see my previous post: How to Make a Pallet Sign Using a Kreg Jig

  1. Assembly - Time to put it all together and talk about wood glue!

Wood Glue Tips

I had the opportunity to try out DAP® RapidFuse™ Wood Adhesive, and I won't go back to other wood glues! After just 30 minutes, you can plane, sand and stain wood. No more waiting 24 hours. No more not being able to stain. The stuff is also water resistant, so it's great for indoor and outdoor projects. The joint is stronger than with yellow glue or polyurethane glue, and doesn't swell, shrink or crack! There is no other glue like it. Seriously.

Wood Glue Application

Apply a line of glue on the side piece.

Attach with Kreg Jig

Attach the side pieces to the front piece first using the 1.5 inch Kreg screws.

Next, attach the TOP piece so that it sits inside the sides and flush with the top edge of the front piece. Also attach the top to the side pieces.

Lastly, attach the back piece in the same way you did the front piece. Attach top last

Now you have a box that is extra sturdy, with a recessed top that has holes in it to sit the bowls.

Attach Mitered Trim

    1. Trim – We decided to cut mitered trim pieces around the perimeter of the Top to cover the little seam and just add a little “finished” look. It’s totally optional. We make our own trim board by using the table saw with the fence set to about ¼ inch and then we rip 1.5 wide boards. You can buy trim board already cut if you prefer. We also mitered the corners but you can butt them if you don’t have confidence in your mitering skill. Just do it like you're cutting a picture frame and attach it to the box with glue and then small brads in the nail gun.

Sand edgesBefore painting, sand any uneven areas.How to Chalk Paint Distress Wood

    1. Paint - We wanted a distressed look, and decided to go with a stained top, painted bottom. This is a super easy paint distressing technique that you can apply to any project.

Stain top

I stained the top with Wood Finishing Cloths. These are super convenient as they aren't as messy as using stain from a can, and they contain sealant!

Dry Brush for DIY Weathered Wood Finish Tape off the top (pictured below). Apply your first base coat color randomly on all sides. This is fun because you paint in every which way, quickly and messily!

Dry Brush on Second Color

Once the first color is dry, apply the second color in the same fashion. I realized at this point I needed to tape off the top so I wouldn't get paint on the stained area.

Apply Final Paint Color with Wooden Block

A block of wood is a great tool for creating a chippy paint look. You can use a piece of scrap wood, or this fancy distressing tool with a handle. Just get a glob of paint on the wood, and drag it across your surface, repeating until you are happy with the result.

Create Stencil with Cricut and Paint Name

Finally, I created a stencil with my cricut machine and cut it out of white contact paper. I used a dark gray/black chalk paint for this part, applying it with a paint dauber.

DIY Dog Feeding Station Tutorial

Seal as desired and you are finished!

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Thanks to DAP for the great new woodworking product. I will be keeping up with them here: DAP Facebook, and for sure using RapidFuse in my future builds!

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Dollar Tree Pallet Wood Bathroom Organizer Tutorial

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Could you stand to be a little more organized in your bathroom?  I know I could.  I find organizing rather boring, unless I can combine it with creating a cool home decor accent.  Today I am sharing a project fitting that bill- a rustic, chalkboard reclaimed pallet wood bathroom organizer using cute little jars I scored at the Dollar Tree recently!  For only $3 and some supplies I had on hand, this project packs a big punch on the cheap.  You can totally make this.  Give it to Mom for Mother's Day!

SUPPLIES:

How to make wood pallet bathroom organizer

Pallet wood plank about 15 inches

Amazing Goop or E6000

Saw tooth hanger

Hammer

3 Dollar Tree Jars

Chalkboard Paint

Small Paint Brush

Tape Measurer

Marker or pencil

TUTORIAL:

Begin by hammering the sawtooth hanger in the middle upper back of the wood.  You want to do this before gluing the jars in place.

How to attach jars to wood with Amazing Goop

Measure placement for the jars and mark three evenly space dots on the front of your board with pencil or marker.  This board already had 3 evenly space holes drilled for a project that never happened.  Apply a generous dot of Amazing Goop on the board on the marked spots and on the jars in the middle back.  Let this sit for 2-10 minutes, then place jars, holding gentle pressure on each for about 1 minute.  Let this cure for a couple of hours before the next step.

How to make wood pallet art

Paint the indented area with Chalkboard paint.  This took several light coats, drying 15 minutes between each.

DIY Wood Pallet Dollar Store Craft

Label with chalk and hang on wall!

Do you love it?  I do!

Be sure and visit our 60+ Dollar Store Crafts Roundup:

And our 50+ Wood Pallet Projects Roundup!

Make a Stenciled Planter Box From Reclaimed Wood

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blue Print Social for Ed Roth Stencil1 Stencils and FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint by Plaid Crafts.  All opinions are 100% mine and honest.

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Today's project is a simple, inexpensive stenciled planter box made from reclaimed wood .  Use this rustic crate for house plants, flower bouquets, to display vintage bottles, candles and more!  I used FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint and an Ed Roth Stencil1 stencil with some scrap wood and chicken wire I had on hand to build this versatile rustic home accent.  Read on to find out how you can make your own version!

Rustic Home Decor Ideas

SUPPLIES:

Ed Roth Stencils @PlaidCrafts

Scrap Wood

Chicken Wire

Metal Snips

Wood glue

Ed Roth Stencils

FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint

FolkArt Antiquing Medium

Foam Brush

Lint Free Cloth

Stencil brush

Masking Tape

Table Saw

Nailer or hammer and nails

TUTORIAL:

How to build a scrap wood vintage crate

Cut wood for the bottom, 2 ends and divider of your crate.  I these all from the same piece of pallet wood.The two ends should be the same height, and the middle divider should be that height minus the thickness of the bottom piece.

Ryobi Airstrike Nailer

Attach the ends to the bottom as pictured, placing a strip of wood glue at the contact point before nailing together.  I used one inch brad nails with my nail gun.

How to make a reclaimed wood planter box

Attach the divider by flipping box over so that the bottom is up and nailing through the bottom into the divider so you are left with the above image.

Reclaimed wood projects to make

For the sides of the crate, I used a wood shim like scrap piece from my stash.  You could use paint stirrers or vintage yard sticks here too.  Cut four of them (2 for each side) the same length.  To get the length just hold the wood up to the crate with one edge flush and mark the other edge to cut.

How to use Nail Gun

Cut chicken wire with metal snips to same length and height as crate.  Put the wire in place and secure by nailing side planks in place over the top of the wire.

Ryobi Nailer

Repeat with the remaining side plank at the top, then flip the crate over and repeat on the other side.

Folk Art Antiquing Medium

Since all of my wood was random and mismatched, I decided to pull it together with FolkArt Antiquing Medium.  This stuff is super easy to use and I love the aged effect, on top of how it unifies the various wood pieces.

How to created aged wood effect

Apply the medium with a sponge brush in a few inch sections at a time, then wipe back with a lint free cloth until you get the desired effect.

Wipe back antiquing medium

If you find it too dark, use a damp cloth to remove more of the stain.

How to use stencils

Once that is dry, tape your stencil into place and apply the FolkArt Muti-Surface Paint using a stencil brush.

I found the stencil I tried easy to use.  The lines were crisp and there was no bleeding.

 The Ed Roth Stencil1 Stencils come in large formats that are ideal for walls, floors and furniture, and are made of durable, reusable mylar that is super easy to clean.  These stencils will be available at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft stores soon. As for the paints, they work on any surface, are dishwasher safe and can be used indoor and outdoor.  I personally can't wait to try them on glass so I am sure you will be seeing that around here in the near future!

Build a Rustic Planter Box

Once that is dry, you are ready to use your awesome handbuilt crate!  I went with ferns, but the customization options are endless.  Make it all you.

If you loved this project, you may want to fcheck out Plaid Crafts on FacebookTwitterYouTubePinterest, and Instagram or visit their blog, The Plaid Palette.

Want more projects with Ed Roth Stencil1 Stencils and FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint from your favorite bloggers?  Here you go...

 

Make a Repurposed Door TV Console

[pinit]Repurposed Door Upcycle Project; Make a console from an old door @savedbyloves[pinit]

Last week when I shared with you 50+ Ways to Repurpose Old Doors, I alluded to the fact that I had a project in mind for the door I found recently on the curb.  It was initially going to be a coffee table, but this t.v. console fit my current needs better, so I made the sides a little taller and here you have it.  This project is super easy, free except for the rockin' 6 inch diameter casters, and you can whip it up in an after noon, stain, sealer and all.  I will show you just how to do that!

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I found this guy stacked against a dumpster and threw it in my truck!  Best day ever.

How to upcycle an old door

I brought her home and cut into thirds with my table saw.  I just measured and marked so the sides would be equal height.  The first step was attaching the two smaller parts for sides to the larger segment (which would become the top of the console).  I used my go to connector tool, Kreg Jig.  You can read about how to join using Kreg in my DIY Pallet Sign Using Kreg Jig Tutorial.

How to build a console

To finish the building, I cut a piece of plywood to fit as the base of the console, attached the casters which I got at Menards, and added trim from 1x2 furring strips that I mitered.

Minwax Finishing Cloths

I recently discovered Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths.  Love at first wipe.  Dark Mahogany was the perfect color for my living room where this console would be spending its days.

How to Stain Furniture

I was actually going to paint this whole thing!  I am so glad I went with stain instead.  It took me like 5 minutes to do since the door was already stained.  I went over it in spots and stained the trim and plywood base.  Check out more of my obsession with thoughts on Minwax Finishing Cloths in this DIY Reclaimed Wood Headboard Tutorial!

Reclaimed Wood DIY Headboard

Repurposed Door Console

How to Make an Entertainment Center

Old door to console

If you love woodworking and reclaimed wood projects, check out SBLC's Woodworking Projects Gallery.

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DIY Reclaimed Wood Headboard

[pinit] How to Make a Reclaimed Wood DIY Headboard @savedbyloves

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 If you have shipping pallets or other reclaimed wood you would like to make great furniture with, this DIY headboard project is a great place to start.  The plan is from Ana White's Reclaimed Wood Queen Size Headboard, with a little tweaking to fit the wood I had on hand.  My version is made using fence board, old deck board from my mom's deck demolition, and pallet wood.  The finish is what I am most excited about, and you will see why.  It is a new (to me at least) product from Minwax that makes staining and finishing as simple as the wipe of a cloth.  You are going to want to use this stuff.

Pallet Wood Furniture Plans @savedbyloves

HOW I DID IT:

Make Legs for Headboard using table saw  

Instead of attaching a 1x2 and 1x3 for the legs like Ana shows in her plan (linked above), I used my table saw to notch out a segment from 2x3 pieces of wood I ripped from 2x8 reclaimed lumber.  I did this by adjusting the height of the saw blade and making perpendicular cuts down the length of each leg to remove that segment.

How to build your own headboard

I nailed a supporting piece to the back of the planks to stabilize them in the center.

Ryobi Air Strike Brad Nailer

Here is my favorite tool these days; Ryobi Air Strike Brad Nailer.  I have talked about it before, but I will say it again.  This thing is super handy.  It is lightweight, requires no air compressor, is cordless and works like a charm.  The price can't be beat.  Worth every penny.

DIY Pallet wood furniture plans

This picture shows pallet wood clamped to the base of the headboard for trim.  I put 2 pieces of pallet wood at the bottom to make it all the way across the width of the headboard.  I hid the seam with wood putty before staining, and you can't see it.  Make do with what you have.  It is cheaper, more sustainable and presents a fun challenge!

Pallet wood Headboard Tutorial

Here is the sneak peek I showed you before staining.  I sanded with my orbital sander; 60 grit, 120 grit, 180 grit, then stained with the awesome new product I eluded to earlier...

Minwax Wood Finish Cloths

I was at Lowes and saw these Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths.  I was highly skeptical when I read "Wipe on Stain and Finish in One Easy Step... Dries in One Hour".  I used Walnut for this project, and was completely amazed by how easy it was to apply.  The stain looks great!  I finished the piece in 15 minutes.  Stained and sealed.  I may never use anything else.  Seriously awesome.

How to Make a Headboard

How to Make a Chevron Table from Reclaimed Wood Pallet

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Chevron coffee table DIY from Reclaimed wood shipping pallets @savedbyloves[pinit]

I am a little smitten with today's project, which is made from shipping pallets and a $5 table I picked up at Habitat Restore.  Reclaimed wood projects are here to stay, folks - at least for this DIYer.  This modern chevron wood plank table took an afternoon to create, but will be enjoyed indefinitely!

Make a Chevron Table

SUPPLIES:

Pallet wood

Ryobi AirStrike Nailer

1 3/4 inch 18 gauge brad nails

Wood Glue

Circluar Saw

Mitre Saw

Wood Clamps

Random Orbital Sander

Rustoleum Wood Stain Dark Walnut

CeCe Caldwell Satin Finish

Lent free cloth

Paint brush

Tack cloth

Yard stick

Pencil

How to Build Furniture for Beginners

TUTORIAL:

How to make a reclaimed pallet wood table

Find a really awesome hairpin leg table for $5 at Habitat Restore and tackle anyone in the way of you and it.  Bring it home.

Make a Chevron Table from Pallet wood

Cut pallet wood to 45° angles using mitre saw.  Meet wood in center to form 90° angles(I drew a line down center of table with pencil using a yardstick).

Glue and nail down with air nailer or hammer and finishing nails.  This is where I use my Ryobi AirStrike brad nailer.  The thing is amazing.  I can't believe how powerful, lightweight and inexpensive it is.  I use it in all of my reclaimed pallet wood projects and it makes my life worth living, or at least way easier when building.

How to Resurface a Wood Table

Use the circular saw to cut off excess wood extending over edge of original table top.  This is way easier than cutting each individual plank to size.  Way.  Easier.  And.  Faster.  Trim with 1x2s or rips from 2x8s like i did.  I mitered the edges to 45° for a more finished look.

Ryobi Air Strike Nailer

Again with awesome nailer (this is not a Ryobi sponsored post, btw) - glue and nail the trim in place.

Reclaimed Wood Furniture Projects

Orbital sander on wood top

Sand with orbital sander.

Rustoleum Wood Stain

How to apply wood stain

Staining a Wood Table Top

Wipe on Stain per directions, with the wood grain.  This is the first time I have used this Rustoleum stain and I love it.  Gorgeous color, easy to use, what is not to love?

Finishing Wood Table Top

How to Finish Wood Table

DIY Wood Pallet Dog Feeder

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Today I am sharing with you a quick and easy reclaimed pallet wood dog feeding station.  You can make this piece in an afternoon and for little to no cost.  The only thing I didn't have on hand and had to purchase were the bowls, which I found for $2 each at WalMart.

DIY Wood Pallet Projects

I started with a piece of wood I got from a friend that was wide enough for the diameter of the bowls.  My bowls are 9 inches in diameter, the wood 11.5.  You see casters pictured, but I decided not to use them.

DIY pet projects

I eyeballed this whole deal by Just placing the bowls upside down, evenly spaced on the board, then tracing them with a pencil.  I drilled a hole inside each circle to insert the jigsaw blade, then cut to the circle outline and all the way around it to create the hole for the bowls.

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Using wood from pallets I had broken down previously, I cut the sides and front/back to size.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Project #upcycle

I used a small support as pictured, and attached with wood glue and nails (see below), holding square with corner clamp.

@RYOBIpowertools air nailer

@RYOBIpowertools air nailer

This Ryobi AirStrike has my heart.  Cordless, lightweight, powerful, it really doesn't get any more convenient.

Sanding distressed piece

After it was all constructed I sanded with 80 then 120 grit paper.

CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint Project

I used CeCe Caldwell Chalk & Clay Paint to finish.  First I painted Vintage White Chalk & Clay Paint then coated Clear Wax followed by Aging Cream Dark.

DIY Dog Feeding Station from #woodpallets #reclaimed #upcycle #chalkboardpaint

Want more DIY pet projects?  Check out our 50+!!

Easy Pallet Sign Using Kreg Jig

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I have been a long time fan of making signs from reclaimed wood.  If you have tried to make a pallet sign, you may have run into the same dilemma as I have.  How do you attache the wood pieces together?  Some people use the pallets as they are and just paint on them.  I prefer each plank to be the touching edge to edge.  Before I discovered the Kreg Jig, I scabbed my pallet planks together like I showed you in this How to Make a Sign From Reclaimed Wood Tutorial.  This is a way easier process using the jig.  You drill perfect pocket holes based on the wood thickness and the join is flush, edge to edge.  A Clean, strong, quick and easy attachment, that I am told doesn't even require wood glue!  I used it anyway because I am just like that.  Pallet signs have gotten way easier since I made this investment.  This is not a sponsored post!  Read on to see how it works.

SUPPLIES:

how to use a kreg jig

Kreg Jig with drill bits and clamp

1 1/4 inch Kreg Screws

Shipping Pallet Boards (I pry mine off of the pallet with a pry bar a.k.a I have my husband do that part)

Stencils for words (I cut mine with my cricut machine)Wood Stain and lint free cloth

Acrylic paint (I used Tim Holtz Distress paint but anything will do)

TUTORIAL:

how to drill pocket holes with Kreg Jig

I drill two holes in each pallet, one one each end, a few inches in.  The pocket guide is set to 3/4 inch since that is the thickness of this pallet wood.  You can go down to half an inch but remember to use shorter screws.  There is a great chart that shows you what settings to use.  So the neck of the drill bit has a stopper that you set, then the guide with the holes that you drill through is set to that number, and there is a corresponding screw length.  The jig comes with a handy chart for quick reference.  SUPER easy!

Kreg jig pallet sign tutorial

Once your holes are drilled in each board (except the bottom one, which doesn't need holes), swap to the screw driver bit which is shown in the drill in this photo (both bits you need come with the jig).

How to make a reclaimed wood sign @savedbyloves

Add some wood glue or don't (see above).

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Then drill your screw into the pocket hole.

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Keep going until all of your pieces are attached.  I stained my sign with Walnut color Minwax Gel Stain.  Let dry.

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Use your stencil to create the phrase.  I cut mine from contact paper using my Cricut.

Attach wire to the back with nails or a staple gun and hang!

How to Resurface a Table with Reclaimed Wood

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Are you tired of your table, but not in a spot to spend money on a new one?  Do what I did and cover your worn out kitchen table with reclaimed wood from pallets, fences and whatever scraps you have on hand.  This project was fast, easy, cheap, and I am in love with the new look.  I used milk paint for the legs, a first for me.  I finished with CeCe Caldwell wax and aging wax.  Read on for the full scoop from planning to finish!

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I told you about this table/chair set I got at Habitat Restore for $6 and revamped a couple of years back.  I spray painted the table top black and the legs silver, the chairs blue and green and this has been our kitchen table since 2010.

Make a table from reclaimed wood #upcycle #woodworking #reclaimedwood

I measured the table's length and width and cut 1x2 pieces I had on hand to frame the it.

Connect frame with Kreg Jig Pocketholes

I connected the sides to each other with  wood glue, a Kreg pockethole and 1 1/4 inch Kreg screws and held them together with corner clamps while the glue dried..  I glued the frame to the table sides with wood glue and 2 inch brad nails, holding in place with clamps until glue set.

For the boards on the top, I just placed them and marked where I needed to cut the ones that stuck over the edge.  I cut them, glued the boards in place, and used my nailer to nail some down for added security.  I let that dry overnight, planed and sanded the top, stained with weathered wood from Minwax.

How to use milk paint, distressing furniture with milk paint

I used this milk paint, which comes in a powder that you mix with equal parts warm water.

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milk paint on table legs

This is after one coat.

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This is after the second coat with 1 hour dry time between.

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I love where this chippiness happened!  I wanted the look everywhere, but it happend where it wanted.

Reclaimed wood resurfaced kitchen table diy #furnituremakeover #woodworking @savedbyloves

I painted a few of the boards with the leftover milk paint.  I distressed the legs with my hand sander in some spots.  To finish, I sealed with a coat of CeCe Caldwell clear wax, followed by aging wax all over.

Resurface a table with Pallet Wood