This copper pipe side table is as beautiful as it is functional. It works as a wine bar, too. It’s almost hard to believe this is a DIY project that you can complete over a weekend.
Noted DIY blogger Ben Uyeda, of HomeMade Modern, created this copper pipe project for our DIY Challenge here on The Home Depot Blog. We asked him to come up with a fun and practical DIY project, with the only requirement that it include copper pipe.
Just follow Ben’s tutorial, and soon you’ll have this gorgeous copper pipe side table in your home.
DIY Copper Pipe Side Table
- ½ in. copper pipe Type M
- ½ in. Copper T-Fittings
- 90 Degree Copper Elbow Fittings
- ½ in. copper pipe straps
- Gorilla glue
- Marble Tile 12 in. by 24 in.
Download a cut list for the copper pipes here.
Step 1: Cut the copper pipes
I used my tubing cutter to cut the copper pipes to length. This is a safe and easy tool to use. Just clamp it gently on the pipe and then twist it around the pipe tightening it after every full rotation.
I recommend cutting the pieces that I have indicated measurements for and then doing field measurements to make sure that the copper base fits under the tile.
Step 2: Assemble the straight pieces of copper
This is a large project, and I recommend gluing the copper pieces together into linear assemblies before trying to assemble the entire rack.
I squirted Gorilla glue into the fittings and then moistened the ends of pipe with a damp rag before inserting them into the fittings.
Step 3: Scrape off the excess glue
I let the glue dry for 12 hours and then used a knife to scrap away the glue that had foamed out of the fittings.
Step 4: Assemble the base
I recommend doing a test assembly first to make sure everything fits before gluing the entire rack together.
I started by gluing the base and side panels together before rotating the panels up and using the end pieces to secure the side panels.
Even with glue the structure is vulnerable since the tile top hasn’t been glued on yet so handle it with care while trying to get it straight.
Step 5: Prepare the marble tile
You don’t need to sand the top, but I prefer a matte finish and the 150-grit pad can achieve this quickly.
Step 6: Scrub the copper
I used steel wool to clean and shine the copper.
I recommend wearing gloves and mask while doing this since small pieces of steel wool can become airborne.
Step 7: Hot glue the copper to the tile
I placed pipe straps on the center pipes that touch the underside of the tile and used my hot glue gun to secure them to the tile.
This isn’t structural. Its just to make sure everything stays in place while the construction adhesive cures.
Step 8: Use construction adhesive
I want the tile to be securely connected to the copper since it will be providing the sheer support to keep the copper form racking.
I used Gorilla construction adhesive along the all of the sides copper pipes that touch the marble. I used a stick to smear it evenly and push it into firmly in between any gaps.
I let the adhesive cure for 48 hours before flipping the bar over.
The completed copper pipe side table
Wine glasses with stems should fit in between the upper bars and wine bottles fit between the lower ones.
Ben Uyeda is a designer, lecturer, and entrepreneur focusing on the field of affordable and sustainable design. Ben is the co-founder and design director of FreeGreen.com, as well as a visiting Lecturer at Northeastern University. See his designs and DIY projects on his blog, HomeMade Modern.
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