Today I’m sharing a tutorial that might look a bit difficult, but is actually one of the easiest projects I’ve done: a copper pipe laptop table!
Let’s get to making this thing, here’s what you need:
- 8 x 3/4″ 90-degree copper elbow fittings
- 12′ of 3/4″ copper pipe (I bought one 10′ rod and one 4′ rod)
- 1 x 3/4″ tube cutter
- Scrap wood cut to 14″ x 18″ (I had a piece of wood cut to size at the hardware store)
- Wood stain of your choice
- Metal glue (I used liquid nails)
- 2 x clamps
- 4 x 14″ pieces of pipe
- 2 x 18″ pieces of pipe
- 2 x 26″ pieces of pipe
While the two bases are sitting, go ahead and stain your wood. I just brushed on two quick and light layers. I chose a dark walnut stain, but this table would look great with literally any shade of wood stain.
A trick I learned to clean the red die from copper pipe is to rub the pipe down with high acetone nail polish remover. It literally wipes off in seconds! Make sure it’s high acetone, I started using a medium acetone (pictured below) and it was much more laborious than it needed to be.
Another trick to polish the copper is to rub it down in (wait for it….) KETCHUP! Seriously, I didn’t photograph this step but you can make your copper bright and shiny with a good ol’ bottle of household ketchup. Kinda makes you wonder what’s in it…
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