How to Build a 4 Hour Table
On Thursday morning I woke to the realization that we needed a table in our guest bedroom for a visiting friend. Brandy and I talked about the options and after browsing around the internet, decided to make our own. I have been a big fan of the hipster “paid $1000 dollars for furniture resembling something fabricated from recycled, industrial parts” look. After spying this, this, and this, I headed off to Home Depot for a couple of hours of inspiration and followed that with a couple of hours of construction.
After stalking about Home Depot, the following items were gathered:
- (1) 2 x 10 x 10 Board
- (1) 2 x 3 x 8 Board
- (4) 1/2 in. x 18 in. Black Malleable Iron Threaded Pipe
- (4) 1/2 in. x 10 in. Black Malleable Iron Threaded Pipe
- (2) 1/2 in. x 12 in. Black Malleable Iron Threaded Pipe
- (4) 1/2 in. Black Malleable Iron Threaded Tee
- (8) 1/2 in. Black Iron Floor Flange
- (16) 3 in. drywall screws
- (8) 1/4 in. 1 in. long Lag Screws
- Sheet of sand paper
I already had the sand paper and the drywall screws and my bill came in at $115.
Tools You’ll Need
- Circular Saw
- Drill Bits
- Channellock Pliers (optional but helpful)
- Socket Set for the Lag Screws
I saved myself some time by having Home Depot cut the 2 x 10 into (2) 4 foot pieces. You can get two cuts for free. Sand these two pieces for wood and then cut (2) 18 inch sections from the 2 x 3 board. Sand them as well. Cut the 18 in sections on an angle and you get the following:
Next, take the small, 2 x 3 boards and screw them into the back of the 2 x 10 boards as shown below. Put the two small boards 4 1/2 inches from the edge. I put in some pilot holes and used 3 inch screws.
There is not much to the supports. Just twist everything together. What is exciting to me is that I actually got to use a pair of channellock pliers for its intended purpose. The pliers will help get things nice and tight. Finally, attach the supports to the table top using the lag screws.
The Final Product
One thing that is a nice bonus with this type of table is that you always have the ability to adjust the leg length on each individual leg. The floor flanges are threaded and have the limited ability to adjust up and down the pipe. Our apartment is old and the floors are far from level. After putting the table in place, we were able to play with the flanges to get everything perfectly balanced.
We may decide to stain it later but for now I still like the rough wood look.