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.
What You Need
- 22-inch segments of 3/4-diameter type M copper pipe (4)
- 7-inch segments of 3/4-diameter type M copper pipe (6)
- 15-inch segments of 3/4-diameter type M copper pipe (2)
- 3/4-inch copper T connectors (4)
- 3/4 x 3/4-inch 90-degree copper elbow fittings (8)
- Emery paper
- Clear coat
- 20 x 20-inch piece of 1/2-inch plywood
- Damp cloth
- Laminate flooring planks
- Construction adhesive
- Paint and paintbrush, if desired
- 1 x 2-inch trim with mitered corner edges
- Wood glue
- Brad nailer
- U-clamps (6)
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.
Editor's Tip: When choosing flooring planks, be sure to pick tiles that match your decorating style. The planks won't be painted, so the finish you choose now will influence the look of your whole table.
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.