DIY Table Base

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DIY Table Base
Plumbing pipe can be used to create a table base. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

You can create a table base from almost anything. When considering whether an object would make an appropriate table base, it is important to think about how you plan to use the table. If you're creating a coffee table, the combined height of the base and table top should be 16 to 18 inches. A dining room table should be 28 to 29 inches tall. It is also important that the base is strong enough to safely withstand normal use.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Threaded steel pipes
  • Flanges
  • Pipe connectors
  • Concrete blocks
  • 2 saw horses
  • Books
  • Large outdoor planter

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    Create a dining room table base using threaded steel plumbing pipe available at most home improvement stores. The pipe comes in various sizes, with a wide range of connectors that allow you to configure the pipe in multiple ways. Use the connectors to attach smaller pieces of pipe to create legs. Attach flanges to leg ends for feet. You also can use flanges to provide support to hold the table base, or for screwing into a wood table base.

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    Stack two sets of four concrete blocks vertically to create a simple dining table base. Add a glass or wood table top. Use a shorter stack of breeze blocks to create the base for a coffee or side table. Use concrete stain if you want to change the colour of the blocks.

  3. 3

    Collect large coffee-table books and stack them to create a simple table base for a side table. Top with a tray or a piece of tempered glass.

  4. 4

    Build a rustic dining table by topping two saw horses with a door. Purchase the sawhorses at a hardware or home improvement store.

  5. 5

    Top a large urn-shaped planter with glass to create a classic side table. Create a formal dining table using two large porcelain oriental floor vases and a thick piece of rectangular-shaped bevelled glass.

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