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DIY - Industrial Pipe & Wood Desk

  • September 13, 2017


They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and this easy DIY desk is no exception! My son, a little engineer in the making needed a computer desk with some special requirements. After searching high and low for that perfect desk and without any luck, he turned to me to build it.
He needed a desk to fit snugly between two bookcases in his computer room (72" long), but most importantly, the desk needed to be narrow, around 24-inches deep and without an apron. Well, that's the beauty of DIY'ing it. You build it to your own specifications!
All the pipe components used for the building of this desk are ¾" Black Steel which didn't need additional paint. All the pipe lengths I used can be found in stock at your closest Home Depot.

I decided to put together the top boards using a biscuit joiner for a cleaner look, you can also use the Kreg Jig.

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      • Difficulty: Intermediate
        Categories: Furniture
    • Tools Used

    • Materials Used

      • 24 - 1" WOOD SCREWS
      • STAIN
      • WOOD GLUE
      • LOCKING PLIERS
      • PIPE CLAMPS
      • 1 - 2" X 6" X 8
      • 1 - 2" X 10" X 12
      • 1 - ¾" X 24" BLACK STEEL PIPE
      • 10 - ¾" X 18" BLACK STEEL PIPE
      • 6 - ¾" X 8" BLACK STEEL PIPE
      • 6 - ¾" PIPE FLANGE
      • 6 - ¾" CAPS
      • 2 - ¾" TEE
      • 2 - ¾" CROSS
      • 2 - ¾" SIDE OUTLET TEE
  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      The Base Follow the pipe desk diagram to assemble the table base.

    2. Step: 2

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      Organize the pipes and fittings and start threading the middle section, the 24" pipe to the cross fittings. Continue threading the pipes to the fittings by hand. Once all the pieces are assembled, you can tighten them using slip-joint pliers or as I did, with locking pliers, protecting the pipes finish with a cloth wherever you use the pliers.

    3. Step: 3

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      The Top Cut the 2" x 10" x 12' in half.

    4. Step: 4

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      Place the three boards side by side, with the 2" x 6" in the center. Align them on one end. Then, make a line from one board to the next one to determine the location of the biscuit slots. I spaced them about six/eight inches apart.

    5. Step: 5

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      Adjust the biscuit joiner plate to a 90-degree angle and set the depth so it cuts the slots at the center of your boards, with a #20 biscuit stop.

    6. Step: 6

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      Center the joiner on each drawn line to cut the biscuit slots. Clean the biscuit slots to remove dust.

    7. Step: 7

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      Use wood glue all along each side of the boards and into the slots. Place the wooden biscuits into each slot and using a brush spread the wood glue.

    8. Step: 8

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      Fit the two boards together and make sure they align. Then, clamp them tightly until the glue dries. Make sure you remove any excess glue once you clamp the boards. Dried glue on the surface of the boards will not take the stain later on. Note: I glued and clamped two sets of boards at a time. waiting 24 hours until the first boards were set, before adding the final board.

    9. Step: 9

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      Square and trim the desk top to size.

    10. Step: 10

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      Sand all those sharp edges, clean and stain or finish the top the way you want it. I used two coats of Thompson spray wood stain followed by two coats of clear poly.

    11. Step: 11

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      Secure the desk base to the top by placing the wooden board right side down and centering the base on it. Drive the screws thru the metal flanges to connect both pieces together.

    12. Step: 12

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      The final step is to bring the desk right side up and enjoy your work!

    13. Step: 13

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      Tip: I found the side outlet tee and iron cross at Amazon - All the other components, materials and tools can be found at your closest Home Depot.

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DIY - Industrial Pipe & Wood Desk

by Remodelando la Casa
Sep 13, 2017
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They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and this easy DIY desk is no exception! My son, a little engineer in the making needed a computer desk with some special requirements. After searching high and low for that perfect desk and without any luck, he turned to me to build it. He needed a desk to fit snugly between two bookcases in his computer room (72" long), but most importantly, the desk needed to be narrow, around 24-inches deep and without an apron. Well, that's the beauty of DIY'ing it. You build it to your own specifications! All the pipe components used for the building of this desk are ¾" Black Steel which didn't need additional paint. All the pipe lengths I used can be found in stock at your closest Home Depot. I decided to put together the top boards using a biscuit joiner for a cleaner look, you can also use the Kreg Jig.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 81fca5ab b1b2 4bc1 b396 85e09aee3040

    The Base Follow the pipe desk diagram to assemble the table base.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 1bf2b78e 3121 42b7 9fba 6aa5a63f4621

    Organize the pipes and fittings and start threading the middle section, the 24" pipe to the cross fittings. Continue threading the pipes to the fittings by hand. Once all the pieces are assembled, you can tighten them using slip-joint pliers or as I did, with locking pliers, protecting the pipes finish with a cloth wherever you use the pliers.

  3. Step: 3
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    The Top Cut the 2" x 10" x 12' in half.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 0e56fa81 63e1 4fb7 9930 cb77cdcb293b

    Place the three boards side by side, with the 2" x 6" in the center. Align them on one end. Then, make a line from one board to the next one to determine the location of the biscuit slots. I spaced them about six/eight inches apart.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 82f40509 e7f8 436e 9f85 b265ca187778

    Adjust the biscuit joiner plate to a 90-degree angle and set the depth so it cuts the slots at the center of your boards, with a #20 biscuit stop.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 777bb9b6 59ad 41ab a506 075b0eda69b0

    Center the joiner on each drawn line to cut the biscuit slots. Clean the biscuit slots to remove dust.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge f132a2fb cd4d 4ce4 9ce1 58f953533001

    Use wood glue all along each side of the boards and into the slots. Place the wooden biscuits into each slot and using a brush spread the wood glue.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 4b8e0d8e 34ee 4185 97e5 4ff2db7b64c8

    Fit the two boards together and make sure they align. Then, clamp them tightly until the glue dries. Make sure you remove any excess glue once you clamp the boards. Dried glue on the surface of the boards will not take the stain later on. Note: I glued and clamped two sets of boards at a time. waiting 24 hours until the first boards were set, before adding the final board.

  9. Step: 9
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    Square and trim the desk top to size.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge afa25b08 be44 4ab6 9006 f2202042ce8f

    Sand all those sharp edges, clean and stain or finish the top the way you want it. I used two coats of Thompson spray wood stain followed by two coats of clear poly.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 48fc773d 75f5 45d7 bd8a 1bb85a691141

    Secure the desk base to the top by placing the wooden board right side down and centering the base on it. Drive the screws thru the metal flanges to connect both pieces together.

  12. Step: 12
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    The final step is to bring the desk right side up and enjoy your work!

  13. Step: 13
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    Tip: I found the side outlet tee and iron cross at Amazon - All the other components, materials and tools can be found at your closest Home Depot.