Have you ever noticed how, every few months, there’s a new decor trend that everyone is dying to have? There’s the rustic farmhouse trend, the industrial pipe trend, etc. Well, I think I’ve found my new favorite decor trend: copper. I’ve seen Joanna Gaines using copper in a ton of her designs lately, and it’s beautiful! This week I made a laptop table made from affordable copper pipes with a dark wood top and the combo is to die for. This project was one of the most fun I’ve ever done. It combines a few fun DIY techniques and it’s very simple to put together. Follow all my steps below and you’ll have your own in no time!
- 10′ of 3/4″ Copper Pipe
- (8) 3/4″ Copper Elbows
- (2) 3/4″ Copper T’s
- Pack of 3/4″ Copper Pipe Straps
- 1/2″ Wood Screws
- 1 x 4 x 72″ Pine Board
- Wood Stain and Sealer
- Copper Plumbing Adhesive
Step 1 – Cut Pipe to Length
Using this nifty little pipe cutter from Home Depot, I cut my pipe to the following lengths:
- 2 @ 20″
- 4 @ 17″
- 3 @ 12″
- 2 @ 6″
This handy tool only cost me $6 and it’s super easy to use. You just line the little blade up with your marked line on the pipe, tighten, and twist. Every few passes you just tighten the knob a little more until it eventually cuts through. So simple!
Step 2 – Assemble Base
To begin the assembly of the table, I dry-fit all the pieces together to ensure everything was the right size. Start by attaching two elbows to one of the 12″ pipes and then adding the 20″ pieces off of those. Then attach elbows to the ends of the 20″ pipes facing upwards like the photo above. I got to build mine outside this week because it’s finally warming up here in Michigan.
Next, attach the 6″ pipes to the base of the table, with the two copper T’s connecting a 12″ pipe in between.
Two of the 17″ pieces connect into the T’s with elbows on the top end of each.
Finish the base by adding 17″ pipes into the elbows, adding elbows to each of those, and closing it with the last 12″ pipe. See how quick that was? If you get to this point and you’re happy with the way your table looks, go back to the beginning and glue each connection with the copper pipe adhesive. If you feel like your pipes formed a strong enough connection without it, then that’s fine too! Mine was wobbly so I went with the adhesive.
Step 3 – Build, Stain, and Attach Wood Top
To build the top, I cut four 19″ pieces of 1 x 4″ pine. I then connected them by gluing two 7″ pieces to the back and nailing them in place with my Ryobi Brad Nailer. After the top was put together, I sanded it all over with 180 and 220 grit sandpaper and stained with Minwax Wood Stain in Dark Walnut. I also chose to add a coat of semi-gloss polyurethane in case any liquids spill on it.
To attach the top to the base, I placed it upside down on my work table. Using the copper straps and 1/2″ wood screws, I secured the top in place.
Once the top is dried and attached, the laptop table is ready for action! I’m still swooning over how pretty that copper is. I hope this is a trend that sticks around for a while! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this project, so make sure you leave a comment in the section below. Thanks for stopping by!