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With some pipe, fitting, and a left over piece of plywood I made this great desk to adorn our living room corner.
 
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Step 1: The Plan & Parts

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The plan was to use some fence pipe, some Kee Klamp fittings, and a half a piece of plywood to make a corner desk for my living room. Our house has a minimalistic aesthetic so I wanted to create something clean and functional.

Here's the Parts List:

Wood

I used a half a piece of oak plywood that I had in my basement. So roughly 48" x 48"

Pipe
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

Fittings
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.

Other Stuff

  • 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)

Tools

  • 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
  • Vise

Add On

After I was done my wife made a "skirt" for the desk with some fabric, some wire and some eyelets.

Step 2: Cuts & Staining

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First order of business was to cut a section out of the corner of the board where the person would sit at the computer. This is where the keyboard would go.

I measured 24" up from each side, drew a line across and then ripped a cut across the corner of my 4' x 4' section of plywood.

That left me with a nice superman shaped piece of wood.

Staining
I sanded the top before staining and wiped it down with a tac cloth. Then I applied several coats of the stain/poly combo. In between each coat i waited for it to dry and either lightly sanded it or used steel wool to smooth it out. In short, follow the instructions on the stain you buy.

Step 3: Edging the Top

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This was going in our living room so I wanted it to have a nice clean edge. So I bought some iron on edge tape. This was surprisingly easy to use.

I precut my pieces LONGER than the edge itself. So I would line up one edge and the leave some hanging off the other side. I would press the iron on to the strip on the edge and run it along slowly (this is in the instructions on the edge stripping). I then ran a wood block over the strip to make sure that it was completely smooth. I then used the box cutter to very carefully and accurately cut of the extra. I then lightly sanded the edge so that it was a nice smooth transition from edge to edge.

This was my first time doing this and I was very pleased with the results.

After I did this, I applied one more coat of stain and poly, this time applying it to the wood edge strip that I just placed on.

Step 4: Legs and Fittings

I cut all my pipe to length with a basic pipe cutter, nothing fancy. I highly recommend holding the pipe in a vice (though not too tight or you'll dent your pipe).

After the pipe was cut I assembled the legs and bracing (see picture)
  • Fittings tighten down on the pipe with a set screw.
  • You can set the brace at any height, I put mine lower to the ground.

I then turned the bracing over and placed the flanges on the bottom of the plywood desktop And marked where the flanges would go. I then removed the bracing and screwed the flanges into the bottom of the plywood desktop.

After the flanges are screwed in I placed the bracing back into the flanges and tightened down the set screw.

In the bottoms of the pipe I inserted plastic pipe caps. These keep the pipe from scratching up the floor.. very important!

Step 5: Finsihed Desk

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Make sure all your fittings are tight.. flip it over and you're done. It's a very simple desk and we really like the look of it.

My wife "enhanced" the desk by adding a "skirt" to it.
Westmont7 years ago
You know, that would be immensely sexier with brass pipes.
lol steampunk
mada7 years ago
Very nice
mrmath7 years ago
That looks like a realy nice floor, an some really nasty pipe ends. Have you thought about putting anything under them to protect the floor?
simplifiedbuilding (author)  mrmath7 years ago
Yes, actually there are plastic caps that are attached to the ends of the pipes that protect the floors. See the attached image.
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I can't imagine my wife even thinking of letting me do such a project without something like those caps on the end. It's a great desk. I might build one for my son some day. Give his room that "manly" feel to it. No girly skirt around it to hide the pipes. :)
Looks great at the end!
Maybe if you don't put anything under there, you can hide, and when somebody needs to use the table, "ARGH!!"

Hahaha, the perfect prank. Nice job.
Actually, it's funny that you would mention that because that is EXACTLY what my kids do!
That's a really nice end result, at a point I thought you were just plugging your site but you've actually come up with a great table and a great idea by adding an instructa-discount, shame I live in UK
LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
Great job! Sturdy and good looking. You might want to leave the skirt open so heat dissipates easier.