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).
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.
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.
(Products I used).
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.
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.
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.
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!
*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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