How to Make a DIY Eny Lee Parker Table Out of Pipes & Clay

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Today we're going to recreate an Eny Lee Parker side table. Her lamps and furniture are very on-trend, right now, but I want to show you how to DIY a dupe.

This designer ceramic table looks complicated, but we’re going to make it simple with pipes and self-hardening clay. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • 1 Cross-fitting pipe connector
  • 1 Long length of pipe
  • 4 Corner pipe pieces
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • Jigsaw
  • Self-hardening clay
  • Glass
  • Glass cutter
Eny Lee Parker table

Measuring the pipes

1. Measure the pipes

First, measure the height of the corners so we know how much to take away from the height of the table for the legs. Mine is 8cm (3 inches).

Measuring the legs

Now measure the legs. A coffee or side table is usually about 40cm (15¾ inches) in height. Minus 8cm is 32cm (12½ inches). So, that’s what I marked on the long length of pipe for the four legs.

Tip: to get a perfect line all around the pipe, keep the marker still and turn the pipe.

Cutting the pipe with a jigsaw

2. Cut the pipe

First, make a hole to stick the blade through with a jigsaw. Then, cut the pipe all around. Repeat for all four legs.

Cleaning up the messy edges

The edges may be a bit messy, so clean them up.

If the legs aren’t completely straight or identical, don’t worry, because we’re going to cover them next. The ragged edges will be covered by the corner piece.

Connecting the pipes

3. Connect the pipes

Simply slot the legs into the corners. You don’t need glue or anything for this step at all, because we will cover the pipes with clay anyway and the weight of the table top will hold everything together.

Applying oil to the pipes

Tip: to make the legs slot in easier, apply oil around the rim.

Connecting the corners

Now, connect the corners to the four-way connecting pipe.

Covering the pipes with self-hardening clay

4. Cover everything with clay

Take your self-hardening clay and cover the pipe structure with it; it’s easier to flatten the clay first, then layer it over the pipe and press down. Only open one clay package at a time, as it does dry quickly. 

Get the layer of clay as thin as possible and be sure to press into every nook and cranny. We’re aiming for a completely flat surface so that you can’t see the shape of the pipe.

Tip: wet your fingers with water if needed.

This process takes a long time, but it’s very relaxing.

Glass-cutting tool

5. Make the glass tabletop

To make the glass tabletop, you need to cut the glass in a perfect circle. I used this gadget (pictured above). 

How to cut glass yourself

You put the suction pad in the middle of the glass, then measure the radius you want. Draw a circle around the suction pad: there’s a tiny knife that will do the cutting for you. Then, break the excess away.

Alternatively, you can go to a professional to get the glass cut for you.

Eny Lee Parker table dupe

DIY Eny Lee Parker table

DIY Eny Lee Parker table

Here’s the final result! This DIY Eny Lee Parker table was super easy to make and looks very chic and modern. What do you think of this designer dupe? Let me know in the comments below.

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  • Cba51840384 Cba51840384 on Mar 26, 2023

    is there any way to roll the clay with a rolling pin?

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