Reclaimed Wood & Black Pipe TV Stand


This tv stand happened to be another combined creation between myself and my husband. Just like all of the other projects we've created in our home, the idea for the tv stand was something I thought up in my head and shared with him as best I could either verbally or with an awful sketch. He is then able to create and build these ideas tweaking them along the way.

The tv stand measures 57 1/2" in length, 20" wide, & 28" tall and the supplies used were:

(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

For assembling the pieces together use a pipe wrench and give the fittings a few turns tighter than hand tight. You can go hand tight, but the piece feels much more solid when the pipe is tightened into the fitting all the way.

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.

Old growth lumber used to construct barns a century ago with its bolt holes, discolorations, and splits has been air dried for years and years and will give any piece of furniture a handsome and sturdy look. If you want to add rustic charm to your home, look for old growth reclaimed wood.

Click the link below to see more images of this TV stand and to also see how I hid the cords from the electronics.

DIY home decor using reclaimed wood

Check out more ways to create DIY home decor using reclaimed wood here.

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  • Nicole Aube Nicole Aube on Aug 27, 2017

    I love this & plan on making one, 1 question is the bottom shelf attached to the frame? Thanks.

  • Amt33661725 Amt33661725 on Jun 23, 2018

    How thick is the top?

  • Jan Calvin Jan Calvin on May 05, 2020

    Is it possible to make a corner unit?

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  • Malkah CC Bushinsky Malkah CC Bushinsky on Feb 18, 2020

    I need to know where to find the Harvested Wheat...It's for another project.

    Thank You...

  • Olivia Schulte 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!