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diy project: copper tubing side table

We’re thrilled to announce that D*S veteran and DIY genius Brittany Watson Jepsen will be sharing a short series of DIY projects with us over the summer! I’m particularly partial to this geometric side table, but they are all wonderful — so easy to re-create and perfect for the upcoming season. Trust me, you have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks :) Thanks for sharing, Brittany! — Kate

I just moved into a studio space in downtown Copenhagen, and now I’m looking for simple furniture pieces to add to it. I have a serious fixation with copper tubing right now, so I thought I’d try it out to see if I could make it into furniture. I don’t have major construction skills, so I needed to make it as simple as possible. I now know that if I can do it, ANYONE can. I had never even used a drill before! Let’s go! — Brittany Watson Jepsen

Photography by Hilda Grahnat

Read the full how-to after the jump . . .

Materials

  • piece of MDF (I made mine about 16″ square)
  • copper tubing (22mm thick)
  • epoxy glue for metal
  • spray paint in two colors (I used neon yellow and bronze)
  • white spray paint
  • masking tape
  • drill with 22mm boring bit (learn more about drills and bits here)
  • sandpaper
  • metal cutter
  • clamps

 

Instructions

1. Cut the copper tubing down to four legs. I chose to cut it at 16″. The metal cutter is super simple and a cinch to work.

2. Spray your MDF with white first.

3. Add masking tape down the diagonal line and mask one side that you don’t want to paint.

4. Spray the one side with your color of choice and let it dry.

5. Mask the now-painted side and spray the opposite side. Repeat on the other side of the board.

6. Clamp your board down to the table. With your drill, figure out how deep you want it to go and create a line with your masking tape on the bit.

7. Measure how far in you want your hold. I did mine 1 1/2″ in from the diagonal. Mark it on each corner. Drill each hole in.

8. Follow the directions on the epoxy glue. I had to mix the two solutions together before applying it to the hole and the tubing. Hold the tubing in place while it dries.

9. Repeat on all four legs and wait a full day to let it dry before using it.

Done! Now, wasn’t that easy?! I’m super happy with my new little side table and can’t wait to stick it in my new studio.

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21 Comments

Steph

Awesome tutorial; this would make a great little side table on my screened in porch.

Also, I noticed you fixed the white background box issue; thanks so much!

JD

This looks fantastic! I think I will definintely have to try a variation of it :)

Melissa

Added this to my list of projects – I think I’ll swap out the yellow with pink though!

Amanda

I have wanted to work with copper tubing lately but thought I would need to learn how to weld first. This is a great idea! I’m going to modify this for my ottoman project.

Beth Price

Thanks for posting such a great project! I love all of the geometric designs around at the moment!

frances pelzman liscio

I love everything about this. I would make this to hold a small terrarium or a small potted herb garden. Or anything, really. It’s just a charming and useful piece.

Jenna B

While the table is bitchin, let’s discuss the real issue at hand here: WHERE is that magazine rack from?! It is so cute! Scoring one of those would be a how-to guide I could use

Lois

Thanks so much for the tutorial on drills. I just returned one I thought was defective. I can see now it may have been my lack of knowledge on how and what to use properly. I may not know a thing about the how but I’m always willing to try!

sewdotcoe

I like this table idea a lot, however in terms of stability of the legs, I’m a little concerned that they won’t hold up to any sort of shifting… and they will also mark the floors if they aren’t on a rug. I’d consider using tubing caps or other socket-type hardware to attach to the table first (with screws) and then set the copper tubing into them.

It might also be interesting to see a more structured version of the framework of this table with either soldered elbows, t-joints or other pipe fitting hardware involved. How cute would that look??

For Amanda: Soldering copper isn’t too hard, it’s just soldering it properly and neatly that’s difficult… but big box hardware stores like Home Depot or Rona have in-store demo days/project tables where you can practice your skills before trying them out at home without adult supervision!

Lesley

Super cute. Table and great instructions. Love how the nail polish matches the copper:)

Tin

Good idea but you could never let the exposed mdf get wet.

Marc

No need for welding. You just need a die and piping fittings. Or you get yourself a compressing tool (you can lend it in most hardware stores) and compressing fittings. The latter look pretty cool. ;)

And I would put clear varnish (use the same brand as the paint to avoid unwanted results!) on top of the paint and the whole mdf. Makes it more sturdy and water resistant. Glasses will not leave stains so easily and you have some UV-protection for you paint.

Nik

Hi, can u please tell me where you bought the grey sofa from, it is magnificent and I have been looking for one exactly like this for such a long time. And PS I also love the neon table and will be making it !

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