DIY Plumbing Pipe Table Tutorial.

I’ve been shopping around for a patio table but just couldn’t seem to find the perfect one.  When you can’t find one, make one!  As promised I’m back with the tutorial for making your own table made from some boards and plumbing pipe that I featured in my recent patio makeover.  I found all my supplies (except one little piece) from Home Depot.  That one little piece was only because I wanted to put my table on casters and have it be mobile (completely optional).

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 I first started by purchasing 2 – 2 x 12 x 10 boards (which if you measure them, they are really 1-1/2 x 11-1/4).  I had an employee cut the two boards in half (for free) so I had 4 boards which measured 60 inches long each.  My plan was to use all 4 but the table was too deep for my liking so I opted to use 3 of the 4 instead.

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I gave them a light sanding with 220 grit sand paper to make sure my surface would accept the stain evenly.
Next I applied my stain. My first coat I applied with a sponge brush ever so carefully. It took FOREVER so on the next coat I opted for what I call the “dump and wipe” method.  It was much quicker and I learned I didn’t need to be quite so careful.

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(Products I used).

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To secure the three boards that would be the table top I (the Mr., I mean) attached 1 x 4′s on the underside with screws.  Then the pipe base was attached to the 1 x 4′s.  I also stained and Urethaned the 1 x 4′s on the bottom just because I wanted to make sure if you caught a glance it would be an ugly, unfinished board that stuck out.

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Once all the pieces were put together this is what it looked like.  It was SUPER EASY and actually kind of fun.  The Mr. told my 5 year old the pipes were one big giant puzzle that needed to put together.  They put the pipe base together in about 20 minutes.  You’ll notice that my after picture shows the pipe in black, not silver as pictured here.  Home Depot actually sells black pipe but it’s not suitable for outdoors and will rust.  Instead, you need to get the silver pipe and spray paint it (if you so desire).
Another tip regarding plumbing pipes: Home Depot will cut all your pipes and thread them for free. Make sure to test the cut and thread by twisting it into a flange or t-joint.  If it doesn’t twist on easily, either have them adjust the cut of the machine or have them re-thread the pipe which should also do the trick.

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This is the only piece I didn’t get from Home Depot.  Because I put my table on casters I needed a fitting that would accept the threaded stem of the wheel.  It’s a little plastic
1 -1/8 socket that you hammer in to the 4 pipes.  I found it at A1 Casters and they were $1.00 each.  The casters fit almost perfectly.  Nothing that a little epoxy over night couldn’t perfect.  Casters found here.  Plastic socket found here.

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TA-DA!

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I can’t tell you how much I’m loving this table!  We eat ALL our meals on it, roll it to the side when we’re done then spray off the patio with the hose.
Talk about the perfect scenario with kids!

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*If you decide not to put your table on casters you’ll need to compensate the height of your pipes (or whatever you opt for table feet) approx 5 inches.
*I made this a 6 person table.  I wanted at least 6 inches of overhang on both ends of the table to accomodate a chair each.  If however, you just want your table to be a 4 person table you could expand the 39.5 inch long pipe to approx 50 inches, thus giving the four more leg and elbow room.

Click here to see details on my other plumbing pipe project.

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Comments

  1. Funny you posted this cause I went looking through your blog to see if I could find info on it after I saw it – Love it! Now, I remember you saying that the first table you made was more $ than you wanted to spend on it, so, that is my concern with this one, too. Do you mind sharing how much this table cost? It might prevent me from doing it ;( Thanks for sharing and you are so crafty!!

    • I’m going to guess it was about $150. ish. I made a lot of mistakes and had to keep running back for more supplies. But I figure it was still way less than any custom table would have ever cost me. Share pics when you try it out pretty please! :)

    • Nicole E says:

      I used your instructions to help determine the height of my desk, determine the size of pipe to use, and to determine casters/sockets. I didn’t follow your entire design, because I made a corner (L-Shaped) desk for my younger brother for college. You information was very helpful. I just called A1 Casters to order the plastic caster sockets, they were very nice and easy to do business with. I bet you have given them a lot of business, due to your tutorial!!!! Thanks for all the info!!!

    • Derek Carpenter says:

      I’ve been building my own furniture for awhile now and you get SO much more satisfaction from building your own and seeing your family use and enjoy it. Just finished building a Butcher block island on caster’s for my kitchen. Would love to share pics on here but I’m not sure how to.

  2. I just posted my outdoor dining area today! :) If we hadn’t built our table already last year then I definitely would have given yours a try. I really love how it turned out! The vintage crate is the perfect accessory for the table’s industrial vibe too.

  3. Have been thinking of making my own dining table but was hesitant because it would be a rather big project for me. Again, you have inspired me to try bigger projects. Thanks! :)

  4. Would you mind sharing the budget breakdown of this project? I know plumbing pipe can really add up! Thanks!

    • Let me work on that for you. I actually spent way more than I should have because I kept messing up on measurements and had to keep running back to the store to fix my mistakes. Ugh, that learning curve. :(

  5. this is so awesome for outside! i really love this, gonna show it to my hubby & see if we can whip this up.

  6. Awesome DIY table! I’ve been dying to make a pipe table, too and I think an outdoor version is perfect! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  7. Loved it, pinned it!! I think I could do this on my own!! When my husband gets involved it get very complicated, wooodworking is his hobby and he is a perfectionist, good things…but when you just want a simple shelf…it can never be simple :)

  8. You guys are so good! Can’t wait until we can come back and try it out! ;) And just loving the yellow pop of color the drink tray from Cabootle gives everything! Although I keep wanting to pose a newborn baby in it! :)

  9. Alyssa Ennis says:

    Gah, this is SO COOL! I wish I had patio space to do something like this…love the bookshelf too, definitely may have to try my hand at putting that together! Thanks for the ideas!

  10. Another excellent idea! Definitely worth pinning :)

  11. What an awesome table! I love it and you did an amazing job. Thanks for the tutorial!

  12. That turned out so great and it seems fairly easy to make too. I love the castors. It must be handy to just tuck it away when you dont need it.

  13. This is fabulous! I am thinking I could talk my husband into turning this into a desk! Love it!

  14. Where did you find the white chairs? Love the shape of them…..thanks!

  15. Serendipity is all I can say. A neighbor gave me his discarded door. I want to add legs and use the glass part as a light table for my studio. The plumbing pipe legs will be perfect. I want casters too, so thanks for the info on them plus the bright idea of measuring the table height before adding casters.
    Your projects are so clearly illustrated, I appreciate that. You are a clever lady.

  16. My husband made one for me last night! I just have to stain it. What color stain did you use. I have Sedona Red but I’m looking for something dark but with less red in it? Is it Walnut?

  17. Great table. I am going to modify it to make a coffee table, but I am having trouble finding the plastic insert for the casters with the link you provided. Can you tell me where on that website that they sell them?

    • I don’t think they actually sell them on their website. I would suggest just giving them a call and do a phone order. Good luck! I hope you’ll share pics of your results!

  18. Collette says:

    I just came upon your site and I have to tell you that my daughter and her fiancée made a table similar to yours. However they didn’t think to spray the legs which I will suggest they do now that I’ve seen your end product…really love the industrial/country look which is their interior. For my own interest and to finish off a project I started, I’d love to find the plastic socket plugs. My google searches have been utter fails and the link you posted doesnt work. Can you tell us where you found them? Thanks!

  19. Corinne K Barfuch says:

    I love this idea! I am having a hard time finding the perfect coffee table for my patio too- I have some of my favorite seasoned teak pieces (weathered to a silvery gray) & I want something fun & funkier than just a traditional teak coffee table. I am going to attempt a modified version of your table using a polished concrete top & keeping the pipes unpainted (galvanized steel color) and maybe using a more industrial looking caster. Thank you for the clever idea & especially for the directions & shopping list!! :)

  20. Corinne K Baruch says:

    oops – I mis-spelled my own last name on my comment.
    Corinne K Baruch

  21. Did you have any trouble with the black spray paint on the Galvanized Pipe? I’ve read that it’s hard to spray paint galvanized pipe like that. I’m wanting to build this, but wanted to make sure I get the right paint!

  22. what type of wood did you use for the table top?

  23. Found your blog when I googled “casters for 1-1/2 inch pipe leg”. You’ve done wonderful work and you answered a question that’s been perplexing me for 3 days … those plastic pipe fittings that actually hold the casters in place. THANKS!

  24. Shawn Dawson says:

    I can’t find the 1 1/8 inch plastic sockets. :( – In need of some help find those exact ones. please

    Thank you

  25. Wow, nice table! You’ve really inspired me. I think I might give something like this a try.

  26. Oh wow- I love this! The wheels are a wonderful touch. I would LOVE to link to your project if you didn’t mind.

  27. I need to make a very narrow version of your table (sans wheels) using a 26×86 piece of Ceasar stone. It is for a banquette & thus needs to be as narrow (think trestle) as possible and still steady/stable. The top is about 200 lbs. My base can’t be wider than 16-18″ at most. Do you think this will support that much weight with such a long, narrow table? Can you advise alternative set-ups?

    • OOOO. Good question. I’m afraid to give you an answer just in case the base buckles and your stone breaks. Yowzers. That’s some heavy stone. I might consider asking a metal worker or someone who is a little more experienced than me. Sorry…that was no help.

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  31. Its good to see that how you change scrap to a valuable thing. I usually scrap the plumbing pipe when it have some leakage problem.

  32. Thank you for the very detailed plans. Looks incredible.

    One question: were there any issues with getting all the angles square, while still having the pipe assembled/threaded tightly. Were there any loose joints in order to keep it square?

    • No problems with keeping it square at all. All is tight. :)

      • The link for the Plastic Sockets does not have those sockets listed anywhere. Did you have to call them to order? I have everything built but no way to insert the caster into the pipe. We ordered a set from Amazon that looked close to what you used but they were too small. Was curious if you knew of another option to install the casters. Thanks!!

        Building two of these for office desks.

        • Yes, you have to order them by phone. You may want to google a caster store in your area. Then you don’t have to worry about shipping, waiting, etc. I’d love to see how your desks turn out!!

  33. Quick question… I’m getting ready to head to the store to build a 4 foot version! I’m so excited! About how many screws did you use, and what size? Thanks…

  34. Debora Cadene says:

    Hi Michelle….What a great job on the table. I’m loving the industrial look lately and would love to have another go at an outdoor table. Last year I made one of these farmhouse tables, but it was mostly pressure treated wood, because it was all I had handy. I was told not to use that for the top because you would be eating from it, so went and found some kiln dried wood at an outdoor lumber mill (or what ever its called.) Anyhow…I was told it was good to go for staining or painting and sealing and would have no worries, as it was now dry. I was going to stain it with the minwax I had, (like yours) but was then told….I had to use one for outdoors, so did that, then was told I needed to seal it, so did that as well. The table top looked awesome, but not long after, it started bubbling, and was sticky in spots that had knots, and in some spots that had nothing. I did wait a good amount of time before sealing it,but it still bubbled. (like some of those public outdoor picnic tables you come across that have the rough spots on them….) Trust me…I sanded the wood really good before I started too. My table is not under any roof protection, but is also not in full sunlight all day, the deck is in dappled shade from the trees most of the day.
    I stained and sealed on all four sides, and I’m still trying to figure out what the heck I did wrong. Then I found your table and want to start over.

    What type of wood did you use for your top? was it pressure treated, or untreated? The stain you used…can you use it for outside? And did you stain all 4 sides? How long did you wait to seal it and did you seal all 4 sides of that as well, then attach the bottom? Please forgive all the questions. Your table is awesome and I’d really like mine to come out like that as well.

    Enjoy the rest of your day….I just found your site, and am off for what I believe is going to be a wonderful tour!!
    Debora Cadene.

    • It sounds like you did everything right. I think what might be happening is you have wood that is seeping sap from some of the knots. This is quite common and I think the only way to get around it is to use the cleanest wood you can find without any knots. I honestly can’t remember what kind of wood I chose but it was from Home Depot on on the more expensive side. It wasn’t outdoor or treated just regular old boards. Luckily it didn’t seep sap. I sanded and stained all sides. I used a 2×4 on the bottom to attached all the boards together then attached the flange to the 2×4. Hope that helps!

      • Debora Cadene says:

        Thank you for the reply Michelle, I really appreciate it. I was afraid I may have suffocated the wood by sealing all the sides, leaving no where for the moisture to go. They assured me it was dry, but I guess you never know eh!!
        Did you seal all the sides as well?

        debbie.

  35. Absolutely love it! Saw it via the Eclectically Vintage home tour. Thank you for the tutorial; it’s awesome!

  36. Hey hey!!

    I am doing this table as we speak!! And I’m panicking!! I had the pipes threaded twice, and still they fit so differently!! I can’t even remember how many trips I’ve made to Home Depot… I feel like the balance is all messed up, some go in more than others, making the T-joints be uneven, and therefore the whole table is just a mess!! I’m starting to think if this was a big mistake… :( Also, I can’t find those sockets in all of Manhattan! Ugh… sorry for the long long text, I’m just agonizing… hahha!!! Thank you for any advice you can give me!!

    • Oh no! I’m so sorry this has turned in to such a headache. So I went back to Home Depot the other day and their was a guy who actually adjusted the machine to thread the pipes really well. My suggestion would be either ask for someone who really knows what they are doing with the machine or take it to a plumbing specialty store. That way you can really get those pipes fitted well and not have any discrepancies. Don’t give up! :)

  37. This is so cool! I am visiting from Eclectically Vintage. Absolutely love this and pinning. Can’t wait to try my hand at it.

  38. timothy sukhram says:

    I have not been able to find the 1 1/8 in sockets for the 1″ pipe table. the A1 casters does not show any sockets.
    my table is ready for the casters. I had granite that i placed on the table now it is heavy and it will need a stronger casters.

    please help.
    thank you

  39. I really like this plumbing pipe table and plan to build this for my wife’s are studio. I am a little concerned about the socket and caster. You indicated that you used 1 1/8″ caster diameter socket inserts and hammered them into the pipe. The plastic inserts like this that I have seen are not threaded at yet the 4″ caster wheels that you used from Home Depot appear to be threaded (per the HD link I clicked on in your article). Most caster stems are not threaded and you just “punch” them into the socket. Did you just hammer the wheels into the socket or was the socket really threaded so you were able to screw the casters in?

    Thanks for clarifying this.

    • Hi Mike,
      Boy, it’s been so long ago now I’m really having a hard time remembering. Boy, I’m a lot of help. I really don’t think I threaded them in. Gah! Sorry.

  40. I am dying to do this, I’ve fallen in love with tabouret chairs and I have priced tables like this to go with the chairs, all I can say is outrageous! Can’t wait to show my husband, I think we will have a blast doing this!

  41. Nicole E says:

    I used your instructions to help determine the height of my desk, determine the size of pipe to use, and to determine casters/sockets. I didn’t follow your entire design, because I made a corner (L-Shaped) desk for my younger brother for college. You information was very helpful. I just called A1 Casters to order the plastic caster sockets, they were very nice and easy to do business with. I bet you have given them a lot of business, due to your tutorial!!!! Thanks for all the info!!!

  42. I picked up the plastic sockets for the casters at Ace Hardware…

  43. Hi, I absolutely love this table. I would like to make a larger version of it…much larger. If I wanted a 8 or 10 foot farm table, would it be wise to add support to the center, another set of legs? I have a huge family and a large dining room and this would be perfect.

  44. I was wondering what type of Wood you used, I am looking to do this project, but potentaily add another tier of shelving underneath. I’m looking at wood now, and have no idea which I should use… What type did you use? Pressure treated? Framing lumber? Pine? Cedar?

    Thanks!

  45. I cannot seem to find the plastic socket at a1casters. Any other suggestions?
    How much weight capacity would this table handle with the casters on?

    • YOu actually have to call them in person and order them. If that doesn’t work I would Google a caster store online or in your city. Take your pipe in and they can find one the perfect size for you.

  46. I love it! I’ve been wanting a treadmill desk (I’ve got the treadmill) and all the standing or adjustable height desks on the market are either way overpriced and/or ugly. Your post has inspired me to make a narrower, taller version of your table so I can walk and work. Thank you!

  47. We love this table idea and are currently making it. We would like to make matching benches. Do you happen to have a shopping list for a bench seat? Thanks so much…

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