DIY Industrial Table Tutorial


how to make a rustic tableI am so excited to share this Restoration Hardware Knock-off with you! If you remember back to my mood board for our Industrial Chic foyer than you’ll remember that an industrial style console table was at the heart of the design. I love the Dutch Industrial Console Table from Restoration Hardware. I don’t love the $695 price tag so much. Luckily, I came across this knock off industrial side table from the Golden Sycamore which inspired me to try our hand at making our own table.

Part 1: Building the table

We started off with a slab of Ikea butcher block that we had left over (yay for free) from the kitchen counter tops.  It was already the correct depth, so we just had to cut it to length to fit our space.

how to make a console tableNext we had to drill the holes for the table legs (aka 3/4″ EMT conduit tubing). Cody used a 1 in forstner bit (affiliate) attached to a drill to bore the holes.

building a console tableFor the bottom shelf, he drilled a hole straight through, but for the table top he only drilled half way as seen below.

how to build a tableThe legs are made of 3/4″ galvanized electrical metallic tubing (EMT).

rustic console tableCody cut them to length using a metal chop saw.

console table tutorialTo keep the bottom shelf in place and level on the pipes, Cody attached them using compression couplings.

industrial tableThis part wasn’t easy. Each coupling had to be ground out because they have a stop collar in the middle of the fitting. For that, he used a high speed rotary tool (Dremel Tool-affiliate) with a small grinding wheel so the couplings would slip completely over the tubing.

compression coupling Last, each piece of tubing was set in place with a countersunk set screw, visible from the sides of each counter-top slab in the picture about and a few below. To achieve this, he pre-drilled slightly smaller hole than the standard silver wood screws used.

how to make an indutrial table

Part 2: Finishing the table

The table was now built, but it looked rather modern with its blonde wood and shiny metal. I decided to use stain to give it an aged and industrial look.

First, I sanded the wood down then used a pre-stain wood conditioner (affiliate) to insure that the stain penetrated the wood evenly. This is an important step when staining soft woods.

pre stain on tableI wanted the edges of the table to be slightly darker than the rest of the table to add an aged or burnt look to it. This step made me really nervous as I didn’t know if the treatment would work or if I would wind up with a funky dark straight line around the edges. Using an old sock and minwax dark walnut stain (affiliate) I had left over from the kitchen countertops, I applied the stain to all the edges of the table.

aging woodHonestly, I was a little nervous at this point, but I carried on. After applying the stain to the edges I immediately gave them a light sanding with a fine sanding block then followed with a coat of Minwax mission oak polyshades (affiliate) (the same we used on the engineering print frames). And miraculously it came out exactly as I envisioned! The dark walnut around the edges gradually absorbed into the wood and looked less harsh. I wouldn’t have chosen the polyshades because it already had polyurethane in it, but it was what I had on hand and didn’t dry shiny at all.

how to make a table look oldI also went back and rubbed the dark walnut stain onto the pipes making sure to rub extra in the couplings.  It took two coats of stain to get the look I was really going for, but this was a much easier process than some of the chemical treatments I have seen to age metal.

how to age galvanized pipesLike my inspiration piece I wanted to add some numbers to the table. Industrial pieces always seem to have numericals on them.  Using cardboard stencils (affiliate) and leftover Slate Grey acrylic paint I added our house number to the bottom left of the table.

numbers on tableOnce the numbers dried I sanded over them with a sanding block to give them more of a distressed look. In retrospect I wished I had sanded them a little bit more.

stencil on wood tableFinally, I finished the table off with a coat of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax(affiliate). I promise this post was not sponsored by Minwax. Totally a coincidence that I used all their products. I was so excited to finally have a project to used wax on. It gave me that perfect hand rubbed look I was going for.

how to wax a table

I can’t tell you how exciting it is to have a project turn out exactly how you envisioned it! These pictures do not do the table justice and I just love the way the rusticness of the table plays off the formalness of the wainscoting.

wood and metal indutrial tableThe mirror, frame, and turtle are from Target while the large basket I picked up for 50% off at A.C. Moore.

reclaimed metal and wood table


Butcher block                         already had

Stain                                            already had

pre-stain                                    4.98

Sanding block                         2.97

Conduit                                      7.74

stencils                                        2.39

forstner bit                               11.97

couplings                                     3.10

wax                                                 9.97

total                                               43.12

A console table for under $50…..can’t beat that! Obviously the cost will vary depending on what you already have on hand. Having the butcher block saved us a ton. Also, items like the wax, pre-stain, and bit will be used on future projects as well.

The foyer is really starting to come together now. All that is left is to hang the new light fixture, make a new piece of art for the frame, buy an industrial basket for keys, and find a statue to put next to the basket. Stay tuned for those updates and more!

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  1. Hi Stephanie!! I just wanted to let you know that I’m featuring your awesome DIY Industrial Table tonight at 8PM! You’re in the running to be the MEGA Rockstar from Creativity Unleashed this week so get alll yo’ peeps to come vote for you! 🙂 Who-hoo!

  2. I love this! I am making a sofa table using this method but im having a hard time figuring iut how to attach my pipes to the wood. Can you explain a little more how you used the ciuntersink screw? Im not familiar. I see hoe you drilled a hole half way to set the pipe in and understand you came in through the side with the screw. Did you pre drill a hole for the screw? Does the screw actually go through the metal? From what I can see the countersink screws dont have a pointed end to screw into the pipe? Any info would be helpful as this is right where I am stuck! Thanks so much!

    • Hey there, Cody here. The screw was pre-drilled through the wood and metal at the same time so the hole lined up perfectly. Then the drill bit was removed and a counter sink bit was used to ream out the hole so the screw head would lay beneath the edge of the counter top. Then the screw was driven into the wood and threw the holes in the pipe. Go slow. It’s easy to tell if the screw lands in the pipe hole as you will feel the pipe true up as it tightens.