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I started this project because I wanted an affordable bench/entryway table for my front door and didn't like anything I found in stores in my price range.  It's so easy to make and the materials are pretty affordable, too!

Heavily inspired by the tutorials at http://homemade-modern.com/

Step 1: Materials

Tools:
Power drill (or just a hand screwdriver if the wood's soft and/or you're a boss)
Staining pad (if you decide to stain the wood)
Level

Lumber:
1 - 2" x 12" x whatever length you need.  Most hardware stores will custom cut the lumber for you.  I bought a whitewood softwood board and had it cut to 45"

Hardware:
8 - 1/2" Black iron floor flange**
4 - 1/2" Black iron tee fitting
8 - 1/2" Black iron 12" nipple
2 - 1/2" Black iron 5 1/2" nipple

16 - black wood screws

Optional:
Wood stain of your choosing (I used Minwax in mahogany)
Polyurethane or lacquer of your choosing
Felt pads to protect wood floors


**According to Home Depot's website, they stock black iron floor flanges.  I bought all my materials at Lowe's and was told floor flanges only exist in galvanized iron so I spray painted the silver to black.

Step 2: Assembly & Staining

If you don't like having your hands covered in grease, wipe down all your hardware before you begin.

Assemble each end's legs into upper case "H" shapes with floor flanges on one end, making as tight and straight as you can.  The pipes will not tighten enough to cover the threading.  Try counting how many rotations you make to try to keep the legs even.

Attach the legs to the board by screwing in the floor flanges.  Loosely screw on the bottom floor flanges and flip the bench so it's standing on its feet.  Place the level on the bench and tighten the bottom floor flanges until it is level.  

Apply felt pads (stick-on ones are the best!) if you have wood floors to protect from the metal edges.

Apply stain if you like! I did three coats of mahogany Minwax and two coats of spray polyurethane.

This idea is so adaptable -- even after you're done you can alway swap out the hardware for changing needs.  I'm currently planning a longer, taller version of this to go behind my sofa, or maybe a two-shelf version for my tv and cable box.  


<p>Nice 'ible! I took your ideas and mod'd for my needs. Made a sofa table, a bench for the end of the bed, and a footstool for my reading chair. Also made the reading lamp you see here.</p><p>Marla S7, TSP (available at most home improvement stores) works very well at getting the gook off the pipe, but make sure you clean up the sink quickly because it'll drop out and leave a mess.</p>
<p>what did you use to clean the pipe</p>
<p>What a simple and fantastic idea! With a bit of ingenuity you can make tables and other such like stuff to fit just about anywhere, thank you for getting my mind racing - oh well looks like a house of &quot;black pipes&quot; coming up! </p>
Looks great! Any idea on the dimensions tho?
<p>Simplistic, looks super strong! Would out live us! well done!</p>
<p>nice!</p>
Looks good. Really like the pic of it in front of the railing, they match a bit :)

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