Hey there! Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out this brand new project! I’m very excited to be blogging these plans because they are for such a fun and pretty piece of furniture. I took the idea of the wood and copper laptop table that I made and turned it into a full-sized desk version. Below you’ll find all the steps to make one of these for your home!
- Compound Miter Saw
- Handheld Pipe Cutter
- Power Drill
- Power Sander
- Brad Nailer
- Eye Protection
- (5) 10′ Pieces of 3/4″ Copper Pipe
- (24) 3/4″ Copper T-Joints
- (16) 3/4″ Copper Corner Joints
- (28) 3/4″ Copper U-Brackets
- (3) 1 x 10 x 72″ Pine
- (3) 1 x 12 x 72″ Pine
- (4) Metal Flat Brackets
- 3/4″ Wood Screws
- Stain and Polyurethane
- “Just for Copper” Adhesive
- 8 @ 22″
- 20 @ 9.5″
- 8 @ 7.5″
- 8 @ 5″
- 8 @ 2″
- (3) 1 x 8 x 56″
- (6) 1 x 10 x 24″
- (2) 1 x 10 x 18″
Step 1 – Cut and Assemble Sides from Copper
Once you have all the pieces of copper cut to the right sizes, you’re ready to assemble the sides of the desk! These will hold the wood shelves and serve as the support for the top. Look to the image below to see a diagram of how to assemble each side. Remember, you’ll have to make two of these.
For a secure fit, I used “Just for Copper” adhesive on the joints so that there isn’t any wiggling.
Step 2 – Cut Wood and Assemble Top
To make the top of the desk, line up the three longest pine boards next to each other and make sure the edges are completely straight.
First, using wood glue and your brad nailer, attach the 18″ pine boards each about 14″ from the side edges of the top. This will keep the boards securely connected and without wiggling. Then, attach the metal plates with screws like shown, closer to the edges of the top. This keeps the boards from separating at the ends.
Step 3 – Stain Top and Shelves
Before staining, I sanding both the top and all shelves with 120 and 220 grit sand paper for a smooth finish. I then applied one coat of Minwax wood stain in Espresso (my favorite) according to the directions. After that dried, I added a coat of satin finish polyurethane.
Step 4 – Attach Top and Shelves to Copper Sides
Here you can see a how the U-brackets fit to attach the top and shelves to each copper stand. I used 3/4″ wood screws with these for a secure fit.
And there’s the finished product! The most time consuming part of this project is cutting all of the piping to the right lengths. Once that’s done, it goes together pretty quickly. Let me know what you think in the comments below!