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Pipe-Leg Round Side Table

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.

Pipe-leg round side table

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Drill and bit set
  • Screwdriver
  • Square
  • Tape measure


  • (See separate stories for wood and metal finishing supplies and tools.)
  • Loctite Threadlocker Blue 242 (removable), #42539
  • 1 x 15 wood round, #114105
  • 3 - 1/2-in galvanized pipe flanges, #22440
  • 3 - 1/2-in x 18-in galvanized pipes, #24004
  • 3 - 1/2-in galvanized tees, #22210
  • 1/2-in galvanized 90-degree elbow, #21970
  • 8 - 1/2-in x 3-1/2-in galvanized pipe, #24029
  • 1/2-in black iron cross, #77964
  • 4 - 1/2-in galvanized 45-degree elbows, #22150
  • 12 - #10 x 3/4-in flathead screws

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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For tools, materials, and instructions on finishing the wood top and pipe base, see the separate stories on applying decorative wood finishes and applying aged metal finishes.

Assemble the Pipe Base

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Add elbow feet to 3-1/2-inch pipes

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.

Step 3

Assemble the center piece

Screw four 3-1/2-inch pipes onto the black iron cross.

Step 4

Straighten the pipe base feet

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.

Good to Know

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.

Step 5

Applying thread-locking fluid to pipe fitting threads

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.

Step 6

Screw 18-inch pipes onto the base

Screw the flanges onto the 18-inch pipes. Then apply thread-locking fluid and screw the pipes onto the base assembly.

Step 7

Check the height of the base

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.

Add the Tabletop

Step 1

Mark flange mounting hole locations

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.

Step 2

After the thread-locking fluid dries overnight, apply the metal finish of your choice (steel pipe finish shown). For this project, the hidden mounting screws don’t require a finish.

Step 3

Aged stained wood finish on tabletop

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.

Good to Know

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.