Being in need of a set of End tables I searched around and was pretty unhappy with what I found for what we wanted the end tables to do. This was be small but have some storage space. We did not want drawers because these all become junk catch alls. For added functionality it would be nice to have a built in wall outlet and or USB charging port etc...
Kind of a tall order to fill without a hefty budget. Exploring build options I settled on my good friend the PVC pipe. And the table seen above (in 2 different configurations) is the design I settled on.
And the best part is you can make this PVC end table for under $20.
Step 1: Gather Parts
- 3/4" Sch40 PVC x 13.5ft
- 3/4" Tee fitting x 15
- 3/4" Cross fitting x 2
- 1 x 4 Board 2 ft lengths x 4
Optional Finishing materials:
- Wood stain of your choice
I used some liquid brown shoe polish (what I had around already)
- Spray paint (optional)
I used a Hammer finish paint for a galvanized pipe look.
Step 2: Gather Tools
- Tape Measure
- Pipe cutter Snips (or saw etc...)
- Wood Saw (optional)
Step 3: Cut Pipe and Boards
Cut the 3/4" PVC pipe into the lengths and quantities below:
- 3.5 in x 12
- 6 in x 1
- 13.75 in x 2
- 14.75 in x 2
- 18.5 in x 2
- 20.5 in x 1
Cut the 1 x 4 Board
- 2 ft x 4
(I purchased an 8ft 1 x 4 board and cut it in quarters. Ask your lumber supply to cut your board if you do not have the means to do so. In must cases they will be happy to help you out.)
Step 4: Sub Assembly #1
With 3 Tee fittings and 2 lengths of 3.5" pipe construct the sub assembly #1 in the pic above.
You will need 3 of these sub assemblies.
Step 5: Sub Assembly 2
You will need 2 of these Sub Assembly #2s.
Step 6: Side A, Construction
Side A will be made by connecting a sub assembly 1 with a sub assembly 2 with two 18.5" sections of pipe as seen in the pics above.
Step 7: Side B, Construction
The legs of this unit are made with the following configuration 3.5" pipe + Tee + 13.76" pipe. Use 2 of these to joint the Sub Assemblies as seen above.
Step 8: Shelf Assembly
- 1 x Sub Assembly #2
- 2 x 6" pipe sections
- 2 x 14.76" pipe sections
The Shelf Assembly should look like the pictures above when done.
Step 9: Final Frame Assembly
Follow the pics above.
Step 10: Adding the Wood
The boards should fit fairly snug in their places on the frame.
I originally planned to glue my pipe frame together but was surprised how sturdy the small table was without it.
If you're not concerned with the unfinished look your table is ready to use.
Like most of my projects if you want to kick it up a notch continue through the next steps and we will:
- paint and stain
- add wood to the second shelf
- add an outlet and lamp cord for USB charging
Step 11: Paint, Stain Gather More Stuff
I was going for an industrial look and used the Rust-oleum hammer finish paint.
PVC paint tip:
Automotive Interior Spray can dye is the best "paint" for PVC. As the name suggests it does not just cover when applied to vinyl products it will dye the surface and not scratch off.
As mentioned earlier I had no stain at the time and added color to the wood with liquid shoe polish.
For the finishing touches you will also need:
- Wood screws ; 1-5/8" long x 16
- 1 x 4 board 10.5" lengths x 3
- electrical outlet box
- Wall receptacle
- length of lamp cord
- Hand drill and small bit and screw driver
Step 12: Secure Shelving and Power Up!
Drill pilot holes and attach each end of the boards to the pipe framing.
Start from the bottom self and work your way up. This will give you plenty of room to drill.
After the boards are all secure mock up a mounting location for the electrical box. Wire in your cord and you are done.
Now you have one fancy PVC End table.
Step 13: Closing Notes
I glazed over the outlet hook up intentionally The addition is fairly straightforward if you have the experience if not you should think twice about doing this addition without experienced help high voltage can injure or kill.