Vintage Style Pipe Table




Introduction: Vintage Style Pipe Table

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This Instructable will show my attempt at an iron pipe table. This is the first table that I have made and I think it turned out pretty nice. I hope you enjoy, and please vote for me in the contests.

Step 1: Materials

For this table I used
All 3/4 inch pipe in 8 6inch, 4 4inch segments, 8 bases, 6 T connections, and one 32 inch pipe
The other items needed are:
Clear coat( I didn’t know what to use as a finish, but so far this has worked)
Grey spray paint
Two 11 1/2 by 48inch oak trim boards ( I chose these because of the beveled edge)
16 1/4 inch bolts
3 metal connection plates
20 short screws
Sand paper 80-220 grit
Dark walnut 2716 stain
And a brush with gloves

Step 2: Frame Assembly

The frame I made consisted ofthe four base plates, then attached to each base was two 6 inch pipes connected by a T connection. The T led to a 4 inch pipe connected to another T connection, this then gets attached to the same thing on the other side. You should end up with 2 sets of legs, the large 32 inch pipe connects these two together. I recommend painting the pipe frame to make it look nicer but if you do not want to skip the spray paint and clear coat.

Step 3: Table Top

Next you have to sand the heck out of the wood, I started with 80 grit and made it all the way to 220 grit. After sanding with one grit use a moist paper towel to wipe the wood dust off. This whole sanding process took about two hours, because you want the table to be very smooth. Then use the metal plates to connect the two boards( I could not find a board big enough so I had to use two). After it’s all assembled mark holes on the bottom side of the board, if you don’t want to use bolts you can just use some short screws. Then connect the frame to the table top and your almost done!

Step 4: Staining

Now you have to get the stain and paint it onto the table. Make sure you wear glove, stain will stain your skin. Immediately after the first coat is on wipe off the excess stain, do this after each coat. To make it darker add more coats, to make it lighter only add 2 coats. I ended up doing a total of 3 coats.

Step 5: Sealing

To finish the table spray clear coat or any other seal. After this you are done! Just make sure the entire table is covered so the wood doesn’t get messed up.

Step 6: Conclusion

Overall this was a great project and I recommend making this. I decided to put a layer of paint on the metal plates to make them match. This table is meant to be a coffee table but if you wanted a dining table or any other size just change the size of the boards and pipes, but the frame style can stay the same. I hope you enjoyed this and found it helpful, if you make this table yourself please leave a picture in the comments I would love to see it. Thanks for reading and please vote for me if you like this Instructable.



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    11 Discussions

    I like the look of having the bolt heads show on the top. Something to consider is pre-painting the joining brackets and staining the wood before you join the pieces. Requires a little more caution in the rest of the built, but adds to the finished look.

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    I agree about the painting, I just didn’t think to paint them until they were already on. I have the bolts a weathered look by placing a drop of stain on them and letting it dry, it made it match the table more.

    I can't quite tell, are the bolts flush with the table top?

    I'm considering modifying this plan to make a small high-top

    I love it. I have an old farmhouse door I hope to add to your metal leg idea. Thanks!

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    Make sure to post a link or picture here if you make a table like this

    I really like this table. Simple and sturdy!! well done :)

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    Great looking table! If this is only your 1st, I can't wait to see the 2nd and 3rd and 4th and...

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    8 months ago

    Classy-looking and relatively simple (especially the fact that you don't require fancy equipment that many of us low-tech diy-ers don't have!). Nice, straightforward, unfussy, "un-cute" instructions: LIKE!

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