DIY Side Table and Magazine Rack

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There’s a fine line between having stacks of ample reading material on the coffee table and piles of clutter. If you’re in need of additional storage, this side table does double duty as a magazine rack. Because who sits down to read without a cup of coffee?

Things You’ll Need

  • 1/2-inch copper pipe: 4 pieces cut to 1 inch, 4 pieces cut to 4 inches, 2 pieces cut to 6 1/2 inches, 4 pieces cut to 12 inches, 4 pieces cut to 14 inches
  • 1/2-inch T-fittings, 8
  • 1/2-inch elbow fittings, 4
  • Pipe cutter
  • Pine board (3/4 inches by 9 inches by 19 inches)
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Epoxy
  • Spray paint (matte black)
  • Nylon fabric (12 1/2 inches by 28 inches)
  • Sewing machine

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1. Measure and cut the pipe to length using a pipe cutter.

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2. Test-fit the pieces to ensure a proper fit.

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3. Glue the base together with a small amount of epoxy at each connection.

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4. Flip the base over and center on the wood. Mark where to drill the holes on the bottom of the board.

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5. Using a 3/4-inch Forstner drill bit, drill 1/2-inch deep, being careful not to drill through the top.

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6. Sand any rough edges.

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7. Stain and seal the wood. I used Minwax Early American and Varathane Polyurethane.

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8. Assemble the rest of the pipe base, leaving the top four T-fittings unglued to the 14-inch horizontal bars at this time.

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9. Lightly sand the copper with an emery cloth or sandpaper. Wipe clean of any dust.

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10. In a well-ventilated area, paint the copper with multiple light coats of paint. Let it dry completely.

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11. Fold over 1 inch of fabric on the short sides of the fabric. Pin and sew on a sewing machine to create a rod pocket.

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12. Open the unglued joints and thread the fabric onto the crossbar. Add a small amount of epoxy, and fit the joints back together.

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13. Flip the wood top over, and apply a liberal amount of epoxy into each hole. Flip the base over and align with the holes in the wood. Let the epoxy set.

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Photo credits: Cameron Oden

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