DIY industrial table (without spending too much of an arm and a leg)


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Check out lil’Bro’s BIG room reveal here

Okay, you have seen the industrial stuff all over the internet and Pinterest, right? Are you drooling? I am. I told myself that if my coastal obsession ever goes away, it would be replaced with an industrial obsession! I mean the stuff is AWESOME!

Imagine my delight when lil’Bro wanted a man-cave/game-room type room *it screams industrial,* does it not? But wait, I’m supposed to pay how much for a table!?

“Okay,” I thought, “maybe his room doesn’t scream industrial”… 0_o

Thankfully though, I found DIY tutorials. Lots of them, but with some, a DIY version still cost 250-300 dollars! I fished around, studied Lowe’s, and made this version of a coffee table for 86 dollars. Not too bad considering how much its cousins are.

I’d love to tell you all about it, so you can make one too! It’s easy to modify to fit any home and area! Let’s get to it:

Materials: All pipes are threaded black iron and 1/2”

  • 8 Flanges (got them on ebay for 28$)
  • 8- 6” pipes
  • 4- T pipes
  • 2- couplings
  • 4- 9” pipes (you can get shorter ones if you want a smaller table)
  • Stain
  • Spray Paint (optional)


  • 2×8 @ 10′ long
  • 1×4 @ 6′ long

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Wash all of the pipes to get the gross stuff off. I simply used warm soapy water and an old rag.

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Let them dry. As you can see, A bit of rust got on my pipes. This was fine because I was going to spray paint them later with Rustolium hammered paint.

Assemble the legs:

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Put each of the 9” pipes into 4 flanges. This table (by request) is 20” high. This is slightly tall for a coffee table and if you simply swap the 9” pipes for shorter ones (maybe more 6” ones) you can solve this problem :)

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To the top of these pipes, add one T pipe

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To the top of these T pipes, add one 6” pipe

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Finish with a flange on top

For the braces:

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Connect two 6” pipes together with one coupling.

Do this until you have two sets of braces.

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Connect two of the legs with a brace so you have two sets of table legs!

Spray paint them if desired

For the table top:

Did you know Home depot will do straight cuts for you for a quarter?!

This is where I got my wood pieces cut :)

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Cut or have cut the 2×8” piece of wood into: 3- 40” long pieces

Have the 1×4” piece of wood cut into: 3- 20.5” long pieces

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Place the 3 smaller pieces of wood evenly on the bottom of the 3 larger pieces. These will be the wood braces.

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Screw about 2 screws in each middle brace and one in each of the ends 

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Sand and stain the desired color. I used Dark Walnut to match lil’Bro’s bed!

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Seal the top with a sealer

Let dry completely.

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Place the legs on the end braces (6” pipe at the top) and mark where the flange holes are. Drill pilot holes, then screw each leg in place!

Put the table top on a soft surface when you do this so the ground won’t scratch the stain off.

If it is not level, slightly hand screw or unscrew the pipes.


This may not be the cheapest table, but it is the cheapest industrial table I have found :)


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Table measures: (by lil’Bro’s request)

20” high

40” long

25” wide



lil’bro’s BIG room reveal

It was March 8th, 2014. I made a promise.


A promise I could not fulfill that day, but it was a promise to make my little brother’s room (as he would say)


I went on a search. Here was the deal…
He wanted:

  • A game room/man-cave just a “cool” room he could hang out in
  • Games (duh)
  • A couch
  • Coffee table
  • Games….oh wait? Did I already say that?
  • Blue and brown as his colors
  • Pipes and wood as kinda his ‘theme’

So there we have it! I was ready to go…

I looked for tons of inspiration pictures, and finally narrowed it down to these:

Industrial Cast Iron Pipe Coffee Table

Coffee Table via This Etsy Shop

Side Table via This Website

Platform Bed, Reclaimed Wood, Full, Queen, King, Twin, Kids Bedroom, Rustic Home Decor, Bedroom Set, Bedroom Decor, Cabin Decor, Headboard

This Awesome Possum Bed via This Etsy Shop

 VILGOT/NOMINELL Swivel chair with armrests IKEA You sit comfortably since the chair is adjustable in height.

“cool” desk rollie chair via Ikea Trademark Global 84 X 42 Texas Holdem Poker Padded Folding Table: Sports & Outdoors

Don’t worry…he loves to play board games and wanted a green felt table to do it on. via Amazon (the website, not the place)


So…Without the price of Paint, balls, games, maybe a rug, you know…the little things, his room price would be:

Ummm…exsqeeze me?

I beg your powder?

Sorry, pal. You ain’t getting a new room for awhile ;)

lucky for us, however, there is a three letter word that spells: DIY


Therefore, without another thought, I sketched out about a BILLION plans and finally came up with a set up he liked, furniture that the wallet liked, and a room we all enjoyed.

But then………….

He got a drum set! His dreams had come true and a drum was finally his own. This made the room a little problematic. I had the idea to paint and fill an existing shelf he already had with board games, but that was thrown out the window when the drum came into play.

The drum set takes up most of the room unfortunately and we couldn’t do all that we wanted. However, we added a table and a shelf and a bed frame and lil’bro loves it (basically just the drums haha) But oh well! I loved making the few items and I can’t wait to share them with you…so it all worked out :)

Take a look:

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Now, what if I told you, “you can make most of this?”

Would you freak? You would? okay…

“You can make most of this.”

There, I said it. YEP! You can learn how to make some of this stuff! Coasters, the bed, table…etc.

Hop on back throughout the month to learn how! It is national “ DIY month” Legit holiday by the way, since, like, 2 seconds ago. ;D

Can’t wait to show you how!

UPDATE: click below to view different DIY tutorials


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