Step 1: Assemble the Pipe Base

assemble the pipe base to build a table from salvage beams
Photo: Kristine Larsen
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By doing a dry fit with the base resting on the beams and straps, you can ensure proper alignment by loosening or tightening the fittings. Length and width can vary, but table height is typically 28 to 30 inches.
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    Tools List

    • pipe wrench
      Pipe wrench
    • miter saw
      Compound miter saw
    • t-square
      T-square
    • Pencil
    • hand clamps
      Clamps
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • 3/8-inch spade bit
      Spade bit
    • socket wrench
      Socket wrench
    • dust mask
      Dust mask
    • safety glasses
      Protective glasses
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander
    • 2-and-a-half-inch paintbrush
      Paintbrush
    • Chamois or lint-free rag
      Lint-free rag

    Shopping List

    ¾-inch gas pipe and corresponding elbows, flanges, and tee connectors

    Salvaged 2x8 joists for the straps

    Salvaged beams for the top

    ½-by-3 ½-inch lag screws2½-inch wood screws

    60-, 80-, and 120-grit sandpaper

    Shellac

    Beeswax polish