How to Build a Copper Pipe Side Table

Make your own copper side table from scratch! We used copper pipes for the base and laminate flooring planks for the tabletop. Mix and match materials to make a one-of-a-kind design to suit your decor style.

Our bedside table is the stuff that (thrifty) dreams are made of! We spent some time in the plumbing aisle choosing copper pipe and elbows (the curved pieces) to fashion into an easy table. You can even have your pipe cut at most home improvement stores if you don't have easy access to a pipe cutter.

If you want your table to stay bright and shiny, be certain to finish the pipe: First scratch with emery paper, then seal it with a clear coat to avoid continued oxidation of the pipe. Ready to get started? Our how-to guide gives you step-by-step instructions for creating the copper table.

  • Working Time 2 Hours
  • Start to Finish 3 Days
  • Difficulty         Projects Kind of Easy
  • Involves Sanding, Sealing, Painting

What you need

Tools

  • Damp cloth
  • Handsaw
  • Paintbrush, if painting
  • Brad nailer

Materials

  • 22-inch segments of 3/4-diameter type M copper pipe (x4)
  • 7-inch segments of 3/4-diameter type M copper pipe (x6)
  • 15-inch segments of 3/4-diameter type M copper pipe (x2)
  • 3/4-inch copper T connectors (x4)
  • 3/4 x 3/4-inch 90-degree copper elbow fittings (x8)
  • Emery paper
  • Epoxy
  • Clear coat
  • Sandpaper
  • 20 x 20-inch piece of 1/2-inch plywood
  • Laminate flooring planks
  • Construction adhesive
  • Paint, if desired
  • 1 x 2-inch trim with mitered corner edges
  • Wood glue
  • U-clamps (x6)

How to do it

Step 1 Assemble Base

Assemble base as shown in diagram with pieces of pipe and fittings. In a well-ventilated area, scratch the base with emery paper, then secure with epoxy. Apply clear coat and let dry.

Step 2 Create Tabletop

Lightly sand a 20 x 20-inch piece of 1/2-inch plywood to remove any rough edges. Wipe away sawdust with a damp cloth. Then, stagger and attach laminate flooring planks to the plywood with construction adhesive. Let dry.

Step 3 Trim Tabletop

With a handsaw, trim down the tabletop to 19 x 19 inches. Sand the edges smooth. If desired, paint four pieces of 1 x 2-inch trim that have mitered corner edges. Let dry. Attach one piece of trim to each side of the table with wood glue and brad nailer. Let dry.

Step 4 Attach Base and Top

Attach tabletop to base with U-clamps. Place two clamps each on the left, right, and center pipes of the base.

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