Pipe-Frame Coffee Table

Make a Pipe-Frame coffee tables not as hard as you thought. Just follow the tutorial step by step, you can easily to built a Pipe-Frame coffee tables!

Tools & Materials


  • Drill and 1-3/8-in bit
  • Jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade
  • Random-orbit sander and 120-grit discs
  • Tape measure
  • Clamps
  • Square


  • (See separate stories for wood and metal finishing supplies and tools.)
  • 1 x 20 x 48 stain-grade pine panel, #72820
  • 2 – 1 x 10 x 48 pine boards, #1162
  • 16 – 1/2-in galvanized caps, #22460
  • 16 – 1/2-in x 8-in galvanized pipe nipples, #24034
  • 2 – 1/2-in x 12-in galvanized pipe nipples, #24036
  • 4 – 1/2-in black iron crosses, #77964
  • 4 – 1/2-in x 1-1/4-in close galvanized pipe nipples, #24024
  • 4 – 1/2-in galvanized tees, #22210

Build the Table Parts

Step 1

Scrub the leg pipes and fittings with trisodium phosphate (TSP) or a grease-dissolving detergent and let dry.

Step 2

Leg brace parts

Arrange the parts for the two leg braces (Pipe-Frame Coffee Table Project Diagram, Brace Assembly) and begin by screwing the caps (1) onto the 8-inch pipes (2). Then screw the pipes onto the tees (3) and crosses (4). Connect each tee to a cross with a “close” — or fully threaded — pipe nipple (5), but don’t tighten completely. Lay each of the H-shape assemblies on a flat surface to check that they don’t wobble. Then connect the two H-shape assemblies with a 12-inch pipe (6).

Step 3

Fine-tune the leg assemblies.

Measure the distance between the two pipes in each H-shape assembly. Turn the end until they’re the same distance apart on both ends. Tighten all the fittings as much as possible without throwing off the distances.

Good to Know

By allowing one or both pairs of pipes on each end to hang over the edge of a table, you can apply more pressure to tighten the assembly. If you need to use both hands to turn the pipes, clamp the rest of the assembly to the table.

Step 4

Apply the metal finish of your choice (aged copper finish shown).

Step 5

Lay out the hole locations on the 1 x 20 x 48 panel (Pipe-Frame Coffee Table Project Diagram, Table Top). Place the top on a piece of scrap wood and drill the two 1-3/8-inch holes.

Good to Know

The finished table will be about 48 inches long and 20 inches deep with a height that varies slightly with the spacing of the pipes. You can shorten it slightly, but that also places the “feet” of the table closer together for less stability.

Step 6

Cut from the end to the hole.

With a square, draw lines from the end of the board to the edges of the 1-3/8-inch holes. Use a jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade to saw along the lines. Sand the notch edges smooth. Then sand the entire panel and both lower shelves with 120-grit sandpaper.

Step 7

Apply a wood finish to the tabletop and lower shelves (aged pickled wood shown).



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