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Build a Table: A Step-by-Step Guide to DIY Furniture

Follow these step-by-step instructions to build a table inspired by Scandinavian designs with copper material from your local hardware store.

By Christopher Stuart

Build a table with geometrical shapes out of copper materials.

The following excerpt on copper tables was taken from DIY Furniture (Laurence King Publishing, 2011) by Christopher Stuart. Stuart features 30 designs by leading designer-makers from around the world. Each start-to-finish guide to DIY furniture shows you how to easily assemble furniture from common materials. Follow this step-by-step guide to building your own stylish side table.

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: DIY Furniture.

This side table grew out of Paul Loebach’s Himmeli lighting collection, in which the lights are constructed using tied aluminum tubes. The lights were originally inspired by traditional Scandinavian Christmas crafts made of tied straws. These tied-straw crafts are found in many other countries too.

From this tradition comes the Ultra-Conductive Table. The table was originally designed for a special exhibition ‘McMasterpieces’ in New York City, in which every object in the show was to be made from raw parts ordered from the American classic McMaster-Carr hardware catalogue. The design’s strong structural framework relies on the basic kjkn which the negative space of each intersection of tubes forms a triangle. This triangular structure gives the table a crystalline appearance that plays off the shiny copper material and creates a surprisingly strong and stable form.

You will need:


• Alloy 101 ultra-conductive copper tubing, 22 mm diameter, 8.76 mm long
• About 50 large cable ties
• Sheet of 10 mm thick toughened glass measuring 355 x 355 mm


• Pipe cutter

 A DIY copper table how-to
 See printable instructions.

 DIY step-by-step guide to building a table.
See printable instructions.

See Also From This Book: DIY Outdoor Furniture.

Reprinted with permission from DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide by Christopher Stuart and published by Laurence King Publishing, 2011.

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