Rustic Coffee Table

Rustic Coffee Table

Project Supplies

  • (7) 2" x 4" x 8' Wood Boards 
  • 1" x 48" Black RDI-Cut Pipe
  • (4) 1-1/4" Close Black Nipples
  • (4) 1" x 4" Black Nipples
  • (2) 1" Black Tees
  • (8) 1-1/4" Black Flanges
  • (4) 1-1/4" x 1" Black Couplings
  • (4) 1-1/4" Black Tees
  • (8) 1-1/4" x 6" Black Pipes

  • Minwax Clear Brushing Lacquer
  • Rust-Oleum Chalk Board Black Spray Paint
  • Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator, Gray
  • 2" Chip Brush
  • 2" Foam Brush
  • 2" Wood Screws
  • 1" Black Wood Screws
  • Sandpaper

Tools Required

  • Tape Measure
  • Electric Sander
  • Miter Saw
  • Drill

Cutting Wood

1. Cut the Boards

Measure and cut all 8’ board down to 5’ using a miter saw. Take three pieces of the 3’ scraps and cut those down to 22-1/2”. There should be seven 5’ boards total.

Frame Assembly

2. Assemble the Frame

Assemble the pipes together as shown in the picture. While assembling, do not over-tighten. You will want some flexibility to attach to the table top evenly. Assemble A-H twice for both sides of the table.

a.     1-1/4” x 6” Black pipe (Qty. 8)

b.     1-1/4” Black Tee (Qty. 4)

c.     1-1/4” x 1” Black Coupling (Qty. 4)

d.     1-1/4” Black Flange (Qty. 8)

e.     1” Black Tee (Qty. 2)

f.      1” x 4” Black Nipple (Qty. 4)

g.     1” x 48” Black RDI-Cut Pipe (Qty. 1)

h.     1-1/4” Close Black Nipple (Qty. 4)

Paint the Frame

3. Paint the Frame

Once you’ve assembled all the pipes together, it’s time to paint it. Spray the entire frame with RustOleum Chalk Board Black Spray Paint for a clean finish. This will also help prevent the pipes from rusting.

Layout of Table top

4. Assemble the Table Top

Take all seven of the 5’ boards and lay them next to each other on a clean level surface. Lay three of the 22-1/2” boards perpendicular to the 5’ boards, one in the middle and the other two 6” from the ends of the table. When positioning these boards ensure they are about 1” away from the edges so they are not visible from the top view. Make sure the boards are together tight and flush and screw the braces to the table with 2” screws.

Stain on Table Top

5. Sand and Stain the Table Top

Turn the table top over and use a sander to smooth any rough spots. The rougher you leave the top, the more rustic it will look. Using the chip brush, apply an even coat of the Gray Weathered Wood Accelerator Stain to the entire table, including the bottom. Follow the directions on the can and allow the stain to dry.

(Optional: After stain dries, take the sander back over the wood to allow some lighter wood to show through. This will create a two-tone rustic look.)

Lacquer

6. Seal the Table Top

Using the foam brush, apply a coat of the Clear Satin Lacquer and allow this to dry completely according to the can.

Final Table

7. Attach Frame to Table Top

With the top of the table facing down, place the pipe frame on the table to attach it. Position the frame evenly on the wood top (not on the braces). Once you’ve it positioned and it's level, make sure all the pipe connections are secure. Then use 1” screws to attach the flanges to the boards. Turn the table over and enjoy!

Tip: If you’re placing this table on hardwood or tile floor, place felt covers on the bottom of the flanges to prevent any floor damage.


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