The finished project - farmhouse looking bed tray using black pipe and pipe fittings.
Black Pipe Bed Tray
I wanted a farmhouse look to a bed tray.
This is the finished project - bed tray
I purchased pipe, pipe fittings, two-foot poplar board. I had on hand: stain (dark walnut), 3/4" screws, 220 grit sandpaper, and Polycrylic sealer. I sanded with 220 grit using a palm sander, then applied Minwax dark walnut stain, and finally three coats of Polycrylic. I applied the first coat of Polycrylic after letting the stained board dry overnight. After two hours of drying time of the first coat of Polycrylic, I lightly sanded with 220 grit and then applied the second coat of Polycrylic. Waiting another two hours to let dry, I then sanded and applied the final coat of Polycrylic.
Assemble the pipe and pipe fittings.
I assembled each "leg unit". Be sure to wipe down the black pipe and fittings with denatured alcohol otherwise your hands will turn black!
Mark and drill the holes
I measured one inch in from the end and a 1/2 inch in on the sides to center the legs. I then marked and piloted drilled the holes. I made sure that I did not drill too deep by placing blue painter's tape on the drill bit, marking how deep I could safely drill.
Attaching the legs.
I then screwed down the legs to the board.
Another look with legs prior to attaching.
A look at the finished project.