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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20 thoughts on “DIY Copper Laptop Table”
Like it, Like it, Like it !!! Great DIY !
Fabulous idea! Thanks for passing on the tutorial… brilliant. I'm swimming with ideas about copper pipe! xo Nancy
SUch an amazing idea. I could use one!
Cute idea! This could be a nice addition to a reading nook.
This is a fab DIY! Makes for a chic tv tray option as well!
Killer DIY!! Love and adore!!
This is SO fantastic. LOVE!
Hi, this is rally neat! I found it looking for DIY projects I could do for my husband on our Copper (7th) Anniversary this Saint Patrick's Day (Monday)!
Does it ever have issues with stability/balance, wanting to fall over on the side of the vertical pipes? I've seen storebought laptop tables like this, so I guess they're a magical feat of physics, and just an optical illusion that they're unbalanced. Was just curious how well it's worked for you, practically speaking. It IS beautiful!
And do you really just glue the wood top on with liquid nails? It's stayed put pretty well? Before reading the steps I assumed there were little brackets on the underside, that screwed into the wood on either side of the pipes it rests on.
Thanks for sharing this, and answering my questions 🙂 Happy Friday!
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Thank you for the tutorial! I pretty sure I found this posting originally through Pintrest… and thought the table just beautiful and wanted to try making one myself! Just as an FYI, it's quite expensive. So, be ready to spend at least $100 on supplies (if you don't have many of the items listed already on hand). Also, I think the measurements on the piece of wood are off. I followed all the instructions exactly and it was only after I had my wood cut, sanded, and stained that I realized the measurements given were too small… so, a more correct size would be: 20 x 15 inches. Also, The liquid nails just doesn't hold it up very well. It works, but you need to really put on quite a bit – all around the inside of the tube. And, one other thing I found was that, at least for the couch I will be primarily sitting at, the table was way too high and I ended up cutting it down by 3 inches. But, that's a matter of preference. Not to discourage anyone from making it, because it certainly was a fun project and I do like the table, just some notes as you dive into this DIY. Thanks again for the posting!
Ditto with the measurements!!! I had it all cut and then as I was putting the supplies in my car in the parking lot of the hardware store, I thought, “Wait a second. With the elbow fittings, that wood top is going to be too small.” I had them cut another one at 15″ x 19.75″ (I just eyeballed it.) and I’m so glad I did. The second one is the perfect size!
I am loving everything copper so this def. caught my eye. Fantastic job!
This is a great idea!! And really easy to assemble , great for a day project. One can also solder the elbow brackets into place with the correct tools (blowtorch ,flux and solder). This eliminates the waiting , but changes the aesthetics if this is your first attempt at soldering.
is it wobbly?
Hi, this is rally neat! I found it looking for DIY projects I could do for my husband on our Copper
Mine is drying as we type!
I am quite impress with your idea of copper laptop table as well as I do appreciate the way you present your blog. Thanks for sharing with us.
beautiful i would wish to make one.
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