We write about awesome green design every day on Inhabitat, so I can’t help but feel rather jealous of the designers who make all of this inspirational stuff. Last weekend though, I got it in my head that I needed to be a “maker” rather than just a “writer.” So I headed to Recycle Utah, my local recycling center, and picked up five old shipping pallets so I could make a new coffee table for our house. 8 hours later, having used about 100 finish nails (and having fallen victim to 20 or so splinters), my shipping pallet coffee table was complete! I’m not gonna lie – I’m proud of it and also happy I didn’t chop off a thumb in the process. Read on to see how I did it.