Step 1: The Plan & Parts
Here's the Parts List:
I used a half a piece of oak plywood that I had in my basement. So roughly 48" x 48"
I'm giving you the cuts and you can figure out what lenghts of pipe work best for you. This is just plain ole cheap fence pipe from the home store.
5 x 27" legs
2 x 33" horizontal supports for back
3 x 17" horizontal supports for sides
I'm a part owner of Simplified Building Concepts, so of course I got my fittings at a discount. Here are the quantities I used and links to where you can get them on the web site. If you are going to build this exact desk, let me know in the comment field on checkout and I'll throw in an additional 5% discount on the fittings
5 x L61-7 - Flange 1-1/4" - these hold the pipe to the plywood
2 x L10-7 Single Socket Tee 1-1/4" - these terminate the horizontal supports against the front legs.
3 x L21-7 - Side Outlet Tee 1-1/4" - these hold the horizontal supports to the back legs.
5 x 77-7 Plastic Plug - this goes into the end of the pipe and keeps the floor from getting scratched.
- Edge Tape (Iron on kind) - for making the edge of the plywood look nice
- Screws - for attaching the flanges to the plywood
- Stain - for making the table look nice. (I used Minwax polyshades stain & polyurethan in one)
- Hex Key - for tightening down the fittings
- Screw driver
- Wood Block
- Box Cutter (or sharp straightedge of some sort)
- Iron - for attaching the edge tape
- Circular Saw - for cutting the plywood
- Sandpaper, Tac Cloth and Steel Wool for smoothing our the stained surface.
- Pipe Cutter
After I was done my wife made a "skirt" for the desk with some fabric, some wire and some eyelets.