By Marcie McGoldrick
This table has a piece of slate resting atop a frame made with half-inch copper pipe and fittings and secured with epoxy. If you want to make two tables quickly, cut duplicates of each piece, and then assemble.
Tools and Materials
1/2-inch copper pipe
12 copper T joints
4 copper caps
One 15-by-15-inch slate board
- Download assembly plan. Following front view of assembly plan, put together 2 sides of the base (the front view in the plan).
- Be sure all the pipes meet at 90-degree angles, then seal with epoxy. Lay flat, and let epoxy cure at least 20 minutes.
- Connect the 2 sides at center T with 12-inch pieces, sealing joints with epoxy. Let cure at least 20 minutes.
- Cover hollow top of upper Ts with felt pads; rest slate on top.
Copper caps, by Nibco, 1/2", $1; copper pressure T joint, by Nibco, 1/2", $1.50; copper pipe, 1/2", $12.75 for 60"; Rigid 150 tubing cutter, $30; homedepot.com. Two-part copper bond, by Super Glue, $7.75 for 1-oz. syringe, grainger.com. Slate presentation board, $40 for 15" square, brooklynslate.com. Raleigh 2-seater sofa, in Beige, $4,260, dwr.com. Wool throw, in Oat, $150, jaysonhome.com.