Do you need a side table for the living room? Are you looking for an original piece and do you like Nordic style? If so, do not miss this tutorial to make your own scandi style table with copper pipes.
This small DIY table brings together three keys of the Nordic style: geometry, combination of materials (wood, metal and marble) as well as metallic colours (copper). In addition, its peculiar geometric structure is based on the himmeli technique. This typical technique of Sweden and Finland consists of forming different geometric shapes with thin tubes.
They are usually used as pendant ornaments, but for this project, copper pipes will be used to make an icosahedron that will serve as the base of a side table.
What you’ll need
To do this DIY project you will need the following tools:
In addition, these materials will be needed:
- 30 copper tubes 30 cm long and 12 mm thick. Optionally, aluminium or PVC tubes can be used, as long as they are rigid and resistant
- Pine board (minimum of 40cmx40cm). You can also use a melanin tablet
- Vinyl adhesive marble effect
- Copper spray paint
- Satin spray varnish
- Polypropylene rope
- Masking tape
- Plastic clips for pipes. Mounting brackets can also be used
- Tape measure
- Sandpaper. You will need medium grain (120) and very fine grain (300 or more)
How To Make A Table With Copper Pipes Step By Step
To make this small table you follow these 5 simple steps.
Step 1: Cut The Copper Pipes
First, we will need 30 copper tubes of 30 cm length each. These tubes will be used to make the icosahedron that will make the base of the table. To do this, the tube is measured and cut with the tube cutters.
Step 2: Make An Icosahedron With Tubes
Start by joining the tubes with the polypropylene rope. This material is quite sturdy, which means it will not break or fray.
Work on a surface that is large enough to join all the tubes together (e.g. the floor), so that they form the following shape:
Then tie the each rope to the points marked in the diagram below. That is, the vertex “1” must be joined with the vertex “1”, the “2” to the “2”, and so on.
To reinforce the vertices joints, place flanges around the cords. This step requires a little patience, but when completed you will achieve the following result:
Step 3: Cut The Board Into A Hexagon
The next step is to cut the pine board into a hexagon. To do this, measure out 6 sides of 22 cm and mark them out with a pencil and ruler.
The shape is then cut out using the saw. One trick to avoid splintering the edges of wood is to place tape over the lines you are cutting.
With medium-grain sandpaper, sand the edges until smooth.
Finally, sand the entire surface with a fine-grained sandpaper to smooth it and prepare the wood before painting.
Step 4: Decorating The Board
To begin decorating the board, partially cover the wooden hexagon so that only a triangle is visible. That triangle is then painted with copper spray.
Once the paint has dried, the adhesive vinyl marble is placed along a diagonal that goes from the first vertex to the fourth.
Finally, the wood is protected on both sides by applying two varnish layers, except on the area that has been covered with the vinyl.
As a result you will get a tabletop that showcases the union of the different materials: wood, metal and marble.
Step 5: Screw The Tabletop Onto The Base
The last step is to attach the wooden tabletop to the icosahedron. To do this, begin by screwing the plastic clips onto the back of the board.
Finally, one of the triangles that form the icosahedron can be attached to the clips.
After following all the above steps, you will have managed to create your own DIY table with copper tubes!
Now the only thing lest to do is place in our favorite corner to give it a practical, at the same time decorative use.
What did you think of this idea? Do you dare to to try creating your own scandi style table with copper pipes? If you follow these simple steps, you’re sure to create your own beautiful side table. If you want more DIY ideas have a read of How To Make A Terrarium.
This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!