Industrial Pipe + Reclaimed Wood Table
The Mr. + I needed a dining table for our new place, but not just any store bought dining table would do - I wanted to make an industrial pipe + reclaimed wood table.
I found a great resource for reclaimed wood right here in San Diego where we also purchased materials for our reclaimed pallet wood dog bed project. We were able to get our hands on some super thick planks that we were told originated from Oregon. They had the perfect amount of character that I was looking for with their knots, grain + distressed appearance.
For the pipe base, we paid a visit to our local home improvement store + literally built out our plan while sitting on the floor of the plumbing supply aisle, dogs included. Certain that we would get a few laughs, I was pleasantly surprised by the interest the staff took in our project + the tips they offered. Preparations for the table base included scrubbing the pipes with vinegar + soap to remove their greasy protective coating before scuffing them up with some sand paper + then spray painting them all one consistent steel grey color to prevent rusting.
Concerning the table top, we had it roughly cut to a three square foot size at the reclaimed lumber warehouse, added biscuits, wood glue + steel brackets to hold it together before refining it with the sander, continuing with some more precise trimming + then adding an epoxy resin clear coat finish to the wood. This was the longest part of the process (but totally worth it for the added beauty it provided) because it appeared to be a finished table, but it required nearly 72 hours of drying time before it was completely cured + ready for use.
As usual, the dogs were involved in the building process by being right in the middle of things when we didn't need them to be. Needless to say, I was picking dog hair out of all but the final coat of spray paint on the pipe table base. All in all, this project took about a week to complete considering the assembly time we put in plus the dry time of the epoxy resin clear coat.
Although it is not perfect, I don't think it's too shabby for a completely homemade dining table. It looks fantastic with the other reclaimed wood pieces we have in our living space (such as the reclaimed wood tree stump side tables + the elevated dog feeding station we made), plus it's a great conversation starter. Now that we've added a pair of Eames-style molded dowel leg chairs, all that's left to do is break in our new, handmade industrial pipe + reclaimed wood dining table by enjoying our first meal on it!