Reclaimed Wood & Black Pipe TV Stand
(2) 1" black pipe 4'-2" in length (the length will vary depending on your needs)
(8) 1" threaded floor flanges
(6) 1" black threaded tees
(2) 1" black threaded unions
(4) 1"x1' nipples
(12) 1"x4" nipples
(2) 1" 2-hole strap (4 shown, only 2 used)
Not shown (used for middle shelf):
(2) 1" threaded caps
(2) 1" threaded elbows
(2) 1" threaded floor flanges
(2) 1"x5" nipples
(2) 1"x 11" nipples
Black pipe and fittings are usually oily so clean them with a degreaser prior to painting them. A few coats of flat black spray paint is all they will need.
Here are some tips from my husband for planning out the pipe frame of your piece:
- Pick a pipe diameter that compliments the overall size of the piece and the thickness of the wood you are going to use. You don’t want to pick a 1/2” pipe to build a large piece of furniture since it will make it look like the piece isn’t balanced.
- With threaded pipe you need to keep working in a line so if you start at one point and need to tie back into that you will need a threaded union which allows you to tie two pieces together.
- For attaching the wood to the pipe you can buy threaded pipe flanges which give you a flat mounting surface and four holes to screw the pieces together.
- For the feet or base you can also use pipe flanges or get creative and use pipe couplings or use a threaded reducer (or increaser in this case) to give it another look.
- Depending upon the size of your piece you may need to cut pipe to length. Most hardware stores carry pipe nipples in lengths from 1.5” to 12” long and then 10’ or 20’ pieces of pipe to cut to fit. Some stores will cut the pipe and thread it for you, but if you can’t find a place to do this you can always use pipe nipples and threaded couplings to make longer pieces.
Shop around for the fittings and compare prices for galvanized and black fittings. They are going to get painted so no worries about the different finishes. Galvanized is generally more expensive, but for some fittings you may luck out and find them cheaper in galvanized than in black.
Olivia Schulte on May 07, 2020
This past weekend, I finished my tv stand based on your blog! And I LOVE it! Definitely on the expensive side to make though! I used 3 separate boards for my top... each 3.5” x 5.5” x 60”... top weighs 82lbs with metal brackets holding it together! Thanks for this post!