Project Overview

If you’re looking to add some industrial style to your home, this copper and wooden table may be perfect. You can build it to suit any size space and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make.  

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Measure and mark the copper pipe
2 Cut the first piece of pipe
3 Measure the other long pipes
4 Cut the pipes
5 Cut the other pieces of pipe
6 Lay out one side of the frame on the floor
7 Start assembling the first frame
8 Join the pieces of pipe together
9 Attach the longest pieces of pipe to the frame
10 Join the two frames together
11 Sand the benchtop
12 Varnish the benchtop
13 Apply more coats of varnish
14 Place the frame on the benchtop
15 Fix the frame to the benchtop
16 Polish the copper frame
17 Position and dress your table
  • Step 1. Measure and mark the copper pipe

    Measure and mark your first piece of copper pipe to the length you want for your table. We marked our pipe at 970mm. When deciding how long you want your table, remember to take into account the length of the elbow and T-joints. 

  • Step 2. Cut the first piece of pipe

    Attach the pipe cutter where you want to cut the pipe and tighten it. Turn the pipe cutter around the pipe once and re-tighten. Repeat this until you’ve cut through the pipe. By turning and tightening you won’t crush the pipe and you’ll get a clean cut.

  • Step 3. Measure the other long pipes

    Use the first pipe you cut to measure and mark the lengths for three other pieces of pipe.
  • Step 4. Cut the pipes

    Use the pipe cutter to cut the three other lengths at 970mm with the pipe cutter.

  • Step 5. Cut the other pieces of pipe

    Next you’ll need to cut eight lengths of pipe at 350mm and two lengths at 270mm. Use the pipe cutter again to make these cuts.

  • Step 6. Lay out one side of the frame on the floor

    Once you’ve cut all of your pieces of pipe, lay out one side of the frame on the floor. You’ll need two 970mm pieces, four 350mm pieces, two T-joints and four elbow joints.

  • Step 7. Start assembling the first frame

    Start putting the first frame together with an elbow at the end of each of the four pieces of the 350mm pipe. Use a crimping tool to attach the elbows to the pipe, making sure they’re at the correct angles. If you don’t have a crimping tool, you can use glue instead.

  • Step 8. Join the pieces of pipe together

    Use a t-joint to join two pieces of 350mm pipe together. Crimp (or glue) the joint in place, so that it’s 90 degrees to the pipe. Repeat this to join the two other pieces of 350mm pipe.

  • Step 9. Attach the longest pieces of pipe to the frame

    Now the sides of the frame are built, it’s time to join them together. Take the two pieces of 970mm pipe and insert one of the pieces into the T-joints and the other into the elbow joints. Crimp (or glue) the pipes in place. You first frame is now complete. Repeat steps 6–9 to build the second frame for the table.

  • Step 10. Join the two frames together

    To join the two frames together, take the two 270mm pieces of pipe and insert them into the elbow joints at the bottom of both frames. Crimp (or glue) them into place and your copper frame is complete.

  • Step 11. Sand the benchtop

    Even though we’re using a dressed hardwood timber, there will be some imperfections. Use the 120 grit sandpaper to sand the whole benchtop. This will leave you with a nice, smooth surface. Wipe away any dust. When you’re sanding, make sure you’re wearing a dust mask and earmuffs.

  • Step 12. Varnish the benchtop

    To protect your tabletop, you can give it a stain or varnish; we used varnish. Use a good quality synthetic brush to apply the varnish to the top, bottom and sides of the wood. The varnish will go on milky but dry clear. Work quickly to apply the varnish because it dries fast.

  • Step 13. Apply more coats of varnish

    Once the first coat of varnish has dried, lightly sand it with the 200 grit sandpaper. Wipe away any dust, then apply a second coat of varnish. Repeat this process to apply a third coat of varnish for a great finish.

  • Step 14. Place the frame on the benchtop

    Place the frame on the base of your benchtop. Measure to make sure it’s sitting an equal distance from all the sides of the benchtop.

  • Step 15. Fix the frame to the benchtop

    Once the frame is centred, place three saddle clips over one of the pipes, one at either end and one in the middle. Mark the holes and pre-drill for the 20mm timber screws. Secure the three saddle clamps with the timber screws. Repeat this for the other side of the frame.

  • Step 16. Polish the copper frame

    Once the frame is attached to the benchtop, use a metal polish and a soft cloth to give it a great looking finish. 

  • Step 17. Position and dress your table

    Now you can place your copper and wood table where you like and dress it to suit your style and tastes.

Tools and Materials


  • Cordless drill
  • 2mm pilot hole drill bit
  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • Gloves
  • Handheld hack saw or pipe cutter
  • Measuring tape
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil
  • Pipe crimping tool
  • Safety glasses
  • Sanding block
  • T-square


  • 600mm x 1800mm x 26mm hardwood utility panel
  • .75” x 1500mm copper pipe x 7
  • .75” 90-degree elbow joint x 8
  • .75” saddle clamps x 8
  • .75” T-joints x 4
  • 20mm timber screws
  • Copper cleaner
  • Paint or varnish
  • Rags
  • 200 grit ad 120 sandpaper

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our DIY videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member

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