Making furniture out of industrial materials and salvaged or repurposed items is a hot decorating trend, and these creations can command high prices.
Our table cost a total of $207 to build, with the pipes and fittings costing between $3 and $12 each.
Metal and timber are the hallmarks of this style, so threaded steel pipes make an ideal frame for a coffee table, as they’re easy to assemble.
Calculate the number of pieces needed and their lengths, then use connectors to assemble the frame. Spray the frame with paint and attach a plywood top. You can leave this raw or apply a clear varnish.
BUDGET TIP Plywood is the best choice for the top as it’s more affordable than timber panels.
Join two 20 x 200mm pipes using T-fittings to make the legs. Repeat with two 250mm pipes to make the braces, then screw to the leg T-fittings. Use a 900mm pipe as a rail to connect the legs. Attach end caps to the leg bases and lugged capillary elbows to the tops.
Lay a drop sheet and apply etch primer to the base frame, then apply 2-3 coats of spray paint. We used White Knight Rust Guard Epoxy Enamel, about $16 for a 310g can. TIP When spraying, wear a safety mask and work in a well-ventilated area.
Cut a 1000 x 750mm piece of 19mm plywood using a circular saw. Lay the top face down, centre the frame on it and attach it with 6g x 20mm timber screws through the lugged capillary elbows. Sand the top with 180 grit paper and apply a coat of clear varnish.