Mix the look of distressed wood with a galvanized pipe base to create a simple and stylish piece of furniture. Use it as a side table, end table, or nightstand.
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Remove all stickers from the pipes and fittings using a putty knife and mineral spirits, then thoroughly wash them with trisodium phosphate (TSP) or a grease-dissolving detergent. Allow them to dry.
Screw 45-degree elbows onto four 1/2-in x 3-1/2-in pipes to make the feet. On three of these assemblies, add tees to the other ends so that the openings in the center of the tees face away from the openings at the bottom of the elbows. On the fourth assembly, add a 90-degree elbow so the opening faces the opposite direction from the opening in the 45-degree elbow.
Screw four 3-1/2-inch pipes onto the black iron cross.
Screw the four feet onto the cross assembly. Use a square to ensure each foot is vertical. If necessary, adjust the feet to remove any wobbles.
The assembly might feel shaky because some fittings will be held in place by only a few threads. You’ll fix that problem in the next step.
Apply thread-locking fluid to help keep threaded parts from accidentally turning or coming loose. To lock an assembly in position, unscrew a joint one turn, apply a couple drops of thread-locking fluid where the parts meet, and screw the parts back in position. Thread-locking fluid dries in about 10 minutes and cures completely within 24 hours.
Screw the flanges onto the 18-inch pipes. Then apply thread-locking fluid and screw the pipes onto the base assembly.
Use a tape measure to check that all of the 18-inch pipes and flanges are the same height from the base. Then lay a scrap board on the flanges to make sure it sits level. Screw or unscrew the legs until the flanges are even.
Turn the legs upside down and place them on the pine round. Check that the edges of the flanges are an equal distance from the edge of the wood. After the base is in position, mark the flange mounting hole locations on the wood, remove the base, and drill 1/8-inch pilot holes.
After applying a finish to the tabletop (aged stained wood shown), place the base on the top and drive #10 x 3/4-in mounting screws through the flanges into the pilot holes. Estimated cost: $131 with finishes shown.
To use the table on hard-surface floors, attach adhesive-back felt pads to the bottoms of the 45-degree elbows where they touch the floor.