DIY Industrial Butcher Block Pipe Table

DIY Industrial Butcher Block Pipe Table

 

First things first: I. Love. This. Table.

It tops out at 42.5″ high (perfect for tall freaks like me), while the butcher block surface is a hefty 36″ x 72″. There are several tutorials online for industrial pipe tables, but I had special requests: Instead of having the length-wise support bar run under the center of the table, I wanted to keep the bar as far away from leg real estate as possible; I also wanted a contiguous work surface, which is why I splurged on a butcher block top.

The butcher block top was purchased from Zoro Tools, which wound up being ~$275 with a discount code (which, hey now, is a damn good deal for such a massive chunk of beautiful butcher block).

Read on for construction details.

How To Make It

Materials

I used galvanized steel pipes with a 1″ diameter, which I had cut and threaded at the hardware store. Hardware store chains such as Lowe’s and Home Depot will do this for free in the U.S.

  • Four 12″ pipes *
  • Four 1″ pipes *
  • Two 21″¬†pipes
  • Two 25″ pipes (these will lie parallel to each short side of your table)
  • One 64″ pipe (this is the lengthwise support bar)
  • Two 23.5″ pipes
  • Six T-joints for 1″D pipes
  • Two pipe connectors for 1″D pipes
  • Four pipe caps for 1″D pipes
  • Four floor flanges for 1″D pipes
  • Sixteen 10# wood screws, shorter than your tabletop width
  • 36″ x 72″ workbench top or surface (check out this tutorial or this one if you’d like tips on making your own from planks)
  • Optional:¬†Wood stain or conditioner (for my butcher block surface, I used Howard butcher block conditioner)

* Usually, hardware stores will have this length of pipe cut and ready for purchase.

Assembly

First, varnish or stain your workbench and leave to dry, if desired. Now, the surprisingly easy part: Simply assemble your pipes, T-joints, connectors, and other materials as shown below.

Pipe construction diagram

Pipe construction diagram

Once you’ve pieced everything together, mark and drill holes on the underside of your tabletop (where the floor flanges will be secured). Attach flanges to table top using wood screws. Screw the 1″D pipe caps onto the bottom of the table’s legs.

Und endlich, enjoy your magnificent new table! I know I do.

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