Rustic Wood & Iron Table [DIY]

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After finally completing our finished basement, Brett and I (let’s face it, mostly “I” ;)) were left with the task of furnishing it…  To me, this was the fun part, the moment I had been waiting for!  We had already decided that the basement would be Brett’s space, a “man cave” if you will, minus the flashing Budweiser signs and football branded memorabilia…I’m sorry, I just can’t!  So we found a style we both agreed on- coastal/ rustic (hence the comfy nautical striped built in seating area we created).

As we began filling up the space, one piece we were in need of was a sofa table.  There was no way I was going out to buy one…we’d spent enough money on this basement already!  So since we were going with the whole coastal-rustic vibe, I decided to hit up a nearby marina/ beach for some inspiration.  I came across a huge pile of salvage dock pieces, coincidentally the same length as the sofa table we needed ;)…I convinced Brett to help me load it into the car (despite how ridiculous we looked to onlookers!)  I had a clear vision for my DIY rustic sofa table…I wanted it made from this simple salvage beach wood, and black iron legs, sort of like this rustic farm table from Restoration Hardware:

Using lots of inspiration, I created my own rustic wood & metal table for a fraction of what it would cost to buy one!  Here’s how the finished product turned out…

Rustic Wood & Iron Table [DIY]

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The first step I took in creating the rustic sofa table was to measure the exact height that I wanted it to be.  I took my measurements to Home Depot, where I found this fabulous threaded black iron pipe (1″ diameter).  The wonderful thing about good ol’ HD is that they’ll cut just about anything for you!  So I grabbed 4 pieces of black iron pipe, then brought them over to be cut and re-threaded (such a cool process if you’ve never seen it before!).  Once the pipes were cut, I grabbed 4 flanges to mount to the wood (which I would screw the pipes into), along with 4 black iron end caps (these would be the feet on my table).

Here’s a better image of the piece of salvage dock I picked up 🙂

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Once I got my table parts home, I flipped the table top over then measured and marked where I wanted the legs to go.  This was the spot I would attach the flanges to.

l’m getting much better with the power tools!

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Next, I simple screwed my pre-cut pieces of black iron pipe into the flanges underneath the table…this is too simple!

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For the last step, I simply threaded the iron end caps onto the bottoms of the pipe so they would be the feet for my table….

…and that’ it!  I was really surprised at home simple this table turned out to be, and it looks truly amazing!  I think I’ll leave the table top raw for now, then maybe I’ll apply a coat of poly later…


18 responses to “Rustic Wood & Iron Table [DIY]

  1. Glad I found you via pinterest…I just finished making over steel IKEA coffee tables to look rustic and now I am looking to make a rustic sofa table…I may just try out what you’ve done! The table looks great and easy to do!

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  3. This is so perfect! Thank you for the tutorial and idea. It’s now on my list of things to do! 🙂 Looks like I’m dragging the hubby down to the marinas this weekend…. YAY!

  4. This table is amazing!! My wife and I are looking to do a similar project for our new home. How did you decide the height of the table and lenght of the legs? Did you measure your sofa and account for the thickness of that super cool plank?

    1. Hi Shane!

      I’m glad you liked the table! You got it. We measured how high we wanted the table to be, then accounted for the thickness of the wood =)

      Best of luck to you with your project!


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  6. I wouldn’t use poly unless you want it to look like plastic. Try General Finishes varnish. It’s simple because it requires absolutely no skill or joinery. If that’s what you’re shooting for…

  7. Love the table! Would like to make one myself but I have come across an oily greasy substance on those pipe. I tried cleaning with soap and water only to have the pipes rusting within 2 hours. Did you clean the pipes first? If so, how and using what? Did you poly the pipes? Extremely curious. Thanks

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