diy: that coffee table bookshelf on wheels

three pallets. two days. one awesome piece. chile, i did it, you can do it!

you will need, uhh... three pallets. a box of three inch nails. a bag of four inch nails. four four by four posts, cut to twelve inches (home depot will do this for you - if you buy the entire post). four industrial weight wheels (i used two with stoppers, two without). a one quart can of the oil based stain of your choice. rags. a drill. a sander (electric or manual - or both). two quarts of a polyurethane finish. a drop cloth. premium two inch paintbrush. a tape measure. and plenty of space and fresh air. i cannot recommend an open space enough. i did this here thing in my living room and became quite loopy somewhere around stain number two. be smarter than me and take it outdoors!

step one. cut a hole in a box. heehee. nah, you disassemble two pallets, leaving the best one in tact. here's a link to a great instructables video to show you how to do this. or, if you're like me, con your maintenance man into doing it for you. :)

step two. align the planks from the top on top of three of the middle pieces from the pallets. make sure that they're even and fit - if you're allowing overhang, measure to make sure that it's the same on both sides. drill the planks into the middle pieces using long screws - i think i used three inchers. but make sure that they're not so long that they come through the bottom. [photo one - finished]

step three. take two thin-ish remaining planks from the very bottom of the pallets to support the weight of the top. i did this in a 'v' formation, as i thought it would distribute and hold the weight better. i was right. [photo three]

step four. align your posts and attach them to the top you made and the third pallet. you'll need longer screws for this. i did two in each post and it is purrrty sturdy. just make sure everything is aligned. now. you could use 4 pallets and make the top twice and all. but. this was easier. and looks kinda cool. so...

step five. flip that baby over and add the wheels. self-explanatory. but it's probably a good idea to draw the drill points in advance, to make sure that you're placing your wheels evenly. otherwise, you might end up with a wobbly table. and we don't do wobbly tables, do we? [photo three] which leads us to...

step six. flip your table over, give it a thorough sanding - make it as smooth as you'd like it. (i used both an electric sander and a handheld one... i like the electric for coarse sandpaper - and the manual one for fine sanding.) [photo four] i focused on the top moreso than the bottom layer - but that's just me.

step seven. add the stain of your choice - here, i used a rag and a quart of oil based varathane in dark walnut. it may have been easier to use the all-in-one, but, something about having control of how much stain goes into the wood is a pretty special thing... at least in my humble opinion. [photo five] two coats of that.

step eight. i then used a clear varathane polyurethane with the matte finish (using the two inch brush) - for special protection purposes. also two coats of that stuff - for the termites who just knew they'd be feasting on a new piece of furniture... ha! i did a fine sand between the coats - because i read somewhere that i should. and i'm cool with how it came out. i chose to cover all surfaces - but, again, that's just me.

that's it! i freaking love this table. not just because it's fly and purposeful. but. because i did it all by myself. [photo six] whacha think?