Pipe and Wood Dining Table

Pipe and Wood Dining Table

Make a 96” x 48” dining table and one accompanying bench using pipes and wood.


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Difficulty: Intermediate

Table Materials:

Wood:
96” x 48” x 5/8” Plywood
(16) 1” x 6” x 48” Lumber

Pipes:
All black steel plumbing pipes – 3/4” diameter in the following quantities/lengths:
(2) 39”
(9) 18”
(5) 10”
(10) ¾” Pipe flanges
(6) ¾” Pipe tee
¾” Pipe cross
(5) 3” diameter furniture pads
Small box 1” wood screws
Screw gun with a Phillips head bit
Wood stain – color of your choice
(2) Dry rags
Rubber gloves
Wood glue

Table Instructions

CONSTRUCTING THE PIPE FRAME LEGS:

See diagram below as a guide for Steps 1 to 5:

1. Take an 18” pipe and 10” pipe and connect them together using a pipe tee. Screw a flange on each end. This is one leg of the table

2. Repeat Step one to make a second table leg

3. Connect two 18” pipes together using a pipe tee. This is the cross section that holds two legs together.

4. Screw the cross section from Step 3 into the pipe tees in each leg. This will make a large H shape frame

5. Repeat Steps 1 to 4 to make the second set of legs for the table. Set the two leg sets to one side (See image below)

CONSTRUCTING THE PIPE FRAME CROSS SUPPORT:

See diagram below as a guide for Steps 6 to 7:

6. Take an 18” pipe and 10” pipe and connect them together using a pipe cross. Screw a flange on each end

7. Screw a 39” pipe onto each side of the pipe cross

CONNECTING THE LEGS AND CROSS SUPPORT:

8. Screw the free end of the 39” pipe in the cross support into the center pipe tee in a set of legs. Repeat on the opposite side with the second set of legs. You will now have the pipe frame ready to support your table top


PREPARING THE WOOD FOR THE TABLETOP:

9. Put on rubber gloves. In a well ventilated area, apply wood stain with a dry rag to all sixteen 1” x 6” x 48” lumber. Wipe off excess stain with a clean rag. Make sure all sides of the wood are stained

10. Apply wood stain to the edges only of the 96” x 48” x 5/8” plywood. The top of the plywood will be covered by lumber in later steps and the bottom won’t be seen. For Steps 9 and 10 drying times will vary. Check the stain container for drying times

CONSTRUCTING THE TABLETOP:

11. Starting at one end of the plywood, applying a wavy line of wood glue across the 48” width. Press the first piece of 1” x 6” x 48” lumber onto the plywood so it is flush with the corners. Apply two more waves of wood glue over the plywood and press two more 1” x 6” x 48” lumber over the top. Make sure the three pieces are flush with each other and the edges of the plywood (See image below)

12. Once you have checked on all sides of the plywood that the three pieces of lumber are flush with the edges, they need to be secured to the plywood with wood screws to stop them moving. Using a screw gun, screw a 1” wood screw through the underside of the plywood, up into the first piece of lumber. Aim to get the screw about 2” in from the edge of the plywood and centered to the piece of lumber. It doesn’t need to be exact, it won’t be seen. Repeat on the opposite side of the first piece of lumber (See image below)

13. Repeat Step 12 for securing the second and third pieces of lumber to the plywood

14. Repeat Steps 11 to 13 for adding the remaining thirteen pieces of lumber to the plywood. Add the remaining lumber, three pieces at a time. This way you will ensure you are maintaining a straight line along the plywood without any of the pieces shifting

15. Once all the pieces are attached, turn the plywood over so the lumber is face down. Add an additional 1” wood screw through the center of each piece of lumber. Use the side screws from Step 12 to gauge the center of each piece of lumber (See image below)

ATTACHING THE PIPE FRAME LEGS TO THE TABLETOP:

16. Lift the pipe frame legs onto the plywood with the 18” pipes resting on the surface. Center the frame on the plywood so each flange is 5½” in from the short edges and 2¾” in from the long edges (See image below)

17. Secure each flange to the plywood with 1” wood screws

18. Stick a 3” diameter furniture pad onto the top flanges so once the table is upright, they won’t scuff the floor

BUILDING THE BENCH

Bench Materials

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Wood:
96” x 18” x 5/8” Plywood
(16) 1” x 6” x 18” Lumber
(2) 2” x 4” x 72” Lumber

Pipes:
All black steel plumbing pipes – ¾” diameter in the following quantities/lengths:
(2) 39”
(10) 8”
(4) 3½”
(10) ¾” Pipe flanges
(6) ¾” Pipe tee
¾” Pipe cross
(5) 3” diameter furniture pads
Large box 1” wood screws
Screw gun with a Phillips head bit
Wood stain – color of your choice
(2) Dry rags
Rubber gloves
Wood glue
Pencil

Bench Instructions

CONSTRUCTING THE PIPE FRAME LEGS:

See diagram and picture below as a guide for Steps 1 to 5:

1. Take two 9” pipes and connect them together using a pipe tee. Screw a flange on each end. This is one leg of the bench

2. Repeat Step one to make a second bench leg

3. Connect two 3½” pipes together using a pipe tee. This is the cross section that holds two legs together.

4. Screw the cross section from Step 3 into the pipe tees in each leg. This will make an H shape frame

5. Repeat Steps 1 to 4 to make the second set of legs for the bench

CONSTRUCTING THE PIPE FRAME CROSS SUPPORT:

See diagram below as a guide for Steps 6 to 7:

6. Take two 9” pipes and connect them together using a pipe cross. Screw a flange on each end

7. Screw a 39” pipe onto each side of the pipe cross

CONNECTING THE LEGS AND CROSS SUPPORT:

8. Screw the free end of the 39” pipe in the cross support into the center pipe tee in a set of legs. Repeat on the opposite side with the second set of legs. You will now have the pipe frame ready to support your bench top

PREPARING THE WOOD FOR THE BENCH TOP:

9. Put on rubber gloves. In a well ventilated area, apply wood stain with a dry rag to all sixteen 1” x 6” x 18” lumber. Wipe off excess stain with a clean rag. Make sure all sides of the wood are stained

10. Apply wood stain to the edges only of the 96” x 18” x 5/8” plywood. The top of the plywood will be covered by lumber in later steps and the bottom won’t be seen.

11. Apply wood stain to the long, 4” sides of both 2” x 4” x 72” lumber. For Steps 9 to 11, drying times will vary. Check the stain container for drying times

REINFORCING THE WOOD FOR THE BENCH TOP:

12. To ensure the 96” x 18” x 5/8” plywood is strong enough to support the weight of people sitting on it, two 2” x 4” x 72” lumber supports need to be added on the underside. Measure and mark with a pencil across the 18” end of the 96” x 18” x 5/8” plywood the following measurements: 5”, 2”, 4”, 2” 5”. Repeat at the opposite end of the lumber. Connect the points along the length of the lumber on both sides. From each 18” edge, mark up 12”. These will be the positions for securing the lumber supports to the bench (See images below)

13. Apply a line of wood glue along one long 2” edge of each lumber support. Press them into the 2” channels on the plywood between the 12” marks. Allow the wood glue to dry for 4 to 6 hours

14. Once the wood glue is dry, turn the bench top over so the two supports are on the underside. Using the pencil lines from Step 12 as a guide, use a screw gun with a Phillips head bit to drill five 1” screws through the length of the plywood and into one lumber support underneath. Repeat for the second lumber support

CONSTRUCTING THE BENCH TOP:

Note: The process for constructing the bench top is the same as constructing the tabletop. Refer to Tabletop Steps 11 – 15 for images

15. Starting at one end of the plywood, applying a wavy line of wood glue across the 18” width. Press the first piece of 1” x 6” x 18” lumber onto the plywood so it is flush with the corners. Apply two more waves of wood glue over the plywood and press two more 1” x 6” x 18” lumber over the top. Make sure the three pieces are flush with each other and the edges of the plywood

16. Once you have checked on all sides of the plywood that the three pieces of lumber are flush with the edges, they need to be secured to the plywood with wood screws to stop them moving. Using a screw gun, screw a 1” wood screw through the underside of the plywood, up into the first piece of lumber. Aim to get the screw about 2” in from the edge of the plywood and centered to the piece of lumber. It doesn’t need to be exact, it won’t be seen. Repeat on the opposite side of the first piece of lumber

17. Repeat Step 16 for securing the second and third pieces of lumber to the plywood

18. Repeat Steps 15 to 17 for adding the remaining thirteen pieces of lumber to the plywood. Add the remaining lumber, three pieces at a time. This way you will ensure you are maintaining a straight line along the plywood without any of the pieces shifting

19. Once all the pieces are attached, turn the plywood over so the lumber is face down. Add an additional 1” wood screw through the center of each piece of lumber. Use the side screws from Step 12 to gauge the center of each piece of lumber

ATTACHING THE PIPE FRAME LEGS TO THE BENCH TOP:

20. Lift the pipe frame legs onto the plywood. Center the frame on the plywood so each flange is 5½” in from the short edges and 3” in from the long edges

21. Secure each flange to the plywood with 1” wood screws

22. Stick a 3” diameter furniture pad onto the top flanges so once the table is upright, they won’t scuff the floor

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