I first got into uitializing pallets as furniture when I lived in my first apartment in Salt Lake City. I grew up with an entire workshop in my basement with an assortment or tools at my disposal, and my apartment had nothing close to those assets.
My first piece was my current coffee table, two pallets glued together with liquid nails and casters held on by forced in wood screws via a screw driver, no drill. But I must say this thing is sturdy. From there I've built two wall hangings and a buffet table, that was not a pallet but from recycled metal shop table legs.