The rich, warm glow of copper and the casual look of pine combine in this easy-to-make table or nightstand.
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For a more economical version of this table, replace the 1-inch copper pipe and fittings shown here with 3/4-inch pipe, tees, and caps. This reduces the estimated price from $96 to $40.
From the copper pipe, cut three pieces 20 inches long, three pieces 6 inches long, two pieces 3-1/2 inches long, and one piece 9-1/2 inches long.
If you want a more attractive finish on the copper, remove the outside markings using acetone in a well-ventilated area while wearing eye and breathing protection. If you then polish the copper, preserve the finish on the assembled base with clear spray lacquer.
Inside each fitting that will be glued to a pipe, lightly sand the copper to roughen the surface and then wipe it clean. Use epoxy to attach the two 3-1/2-inch pipes on opposite ends of a tee, then add the 9-1/2-inch pipe to the remaining opening. Fasten a 6-inch pipe to one end of a tee and repeat for the other two 6-inch pipes and tees. Add caps to the ends of the 6-inch pipes.
Epoxy the tees on the 6-inch pipes to the ends of the 3-1/2-inch and 9-1/2-inch pipes. Then add the 20-inch pipe legs to the tees. Use a carpenter’s square to check that the legs are 90 degrees to a flat work surface, and allow the epoxy to cure.
Turn the assembled base upside down and rest the pipe ends on the pine round. Adjust the placement to center the base and check that the legs are equal distances from the pine round edges. Then mark the positions of the legs.
Find the center of each marked location and drill 1-1/8-inch holes (7/8-inch holes for 3/4-inch pipe) using a Forstner bit.
Drill the holes as deep as possible for the bit you’re using without breaking through the other surface. To ensure consistent hole depths, mark the bit with a permanent marker or painter’s tape.
Sand the top with 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper and wipe clean. Apply the finish of your choice to the pine round or leave it unfinished.
Apply epoxy to the insides of the holes and press the ends of the pipes in place. Check that the legs are 90 degrees to the top using a carpenter’s square and allow the epoxy to cure before turning the table upright to use.