This was my first attempt at any type of table building. I made a custom coffee table for my new place because I could not find a table which would fit the narrow space I had between the couch & television, and after about a month of shopping I was tired of searching shop after shop for one.
The items are pretty simple, the only real added difficulty was the 2nd recessed shelf I decided to add for more storage, but all elements followed a similar process so you could easily do a table without the additional shelf.
White Pine board - Sanded. Plank 1: 48" x 16", plank 2: 36" x 12"
Iron piping - 18" x 1" (4x) // 6" x 1" (2x) // 1" flange (8x) // 1" pipe cap (4x)
Sandpaper - 150 & 220 grit
brushes or rollers
Steel wool & dish soap
Flat Black spraypaint
Sanded white pine boards, unfinished. Picked these up at Lowe's for about $35.
Adding Pre-stain conditioner. I added this because 1) I read that it is an often neglected step - may not be a problem, but I didn't want to risk issues with the stain later on. And 2) The internet told me to.
After stain. It ended up coming out darker than I wanted, so after the stain dried I spent a half hour re-sanding the wood over the grain to pull out some of the color again. It was a pain, but I actually ended up liking the control I had over where the grain would show through, and how much of it I wanted to expose.
Industrial Piping. You can get this at just about any hardware store, in MANY different sizes. It's a great, cheap option for inexperienced builders like myself. One detail you will need to take care of is cleaning the oil off of the pipes, they come standard pretty dirty and oily. I just used some wire scrub pads and dish soap, was quite easy.. and VERY necessary.