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Offline duc996

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Where to source 1.5” - 2” black pipe for table base?
« on: November 19, 2019, 06:21 PM »
Hi Foggers, a family member wants me to build a dinner table with metal pipes as the base. The dimensions will be 38” wide x 68” long. I’ve looked at the pipe the big box stores carry but, I think it is too small in diameter. Does anyone have ideas or know of a source? Thank you.

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Offline Dick Mahany

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Re: Where to source 1.5” - 2” black pipe for table base?
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2019, 06:54 PM »
McMaster Carr has some here.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Where to source 1.5” - 2” black pipe for table base?
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2019, 07:11 PM »
Do they want it to be actual black pipe or metal tubing?

Many more choices in the latter category, and better quality and wider selection of finishes.

If you really want 1-1/2" or 2" Sch 40 pipe any plumbing supply in your area should have it, but the big box stores should have up to 2" IPS (actual OD is 2.375") in galvanized or black pipe.

You might also look at metal railing parts as an alternative. You can find them on McMaster-Carr's site too.
https://www.mcmaster.com/pipe-railing
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Offline duc996

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Re: Where to source 1.5” - 2” black pipe for table base?
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2019, 08:25 PM »
Thank you for the replies. I think I could use regular pipe and paint. Thank you for the suggestions!

Online James Carriere

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Re: Where to source 1.5” - 2” black pipe for table base?
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2019, 08:44 PM »
Unless they specifically want threaded pipe I would consider looking at Speedrail.  There are more fitting options to attach the legs to the table top, you have a better ability to add intermediary supports, you can avoid all threaded connections if you prefer, and you are not limited to stock lengths to build your table as you cut the tubing to length and secure all fittings with hex screws.  You also get the benefit of no future surface corrosion as the components are made of thick walled aluminum.

If you consider this route, you should know that all dimensions are I.D.  It is a common mistake for people to assume it is O.D. and are quite surprised when the materials arrive being larger than they expected.  You  would need to paint it black as you have already indicated you are willing to do.

Good luck with the project!


Offline Cheese

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Re: Where to source 1.5” - 2” black pipe for table base?
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2019, 10:06 PM »
Here's 1 1/2" black iron from HD.
https://www.homedepot.com/b/Plumbing-Pipe-Fittings-Pipe-Black-Pipe/1-1-2%22/N-5yc1vZ1z18i40Z1z1b34a?storeSelection=2807,2802,2806,2845,2847&experienceName=default

Here's 2" black iron from HD.
https://www.homedepot.com/b/Plumbing-Pipe-Fittings-Pipe-Black-Pipe/2%22/N-5yc1vZ1z18i40Z1z1b2uk?experienceName=default&storeSelection=2807,2802,2806,2845,2847

The most expensive part of this project is the actual cutting and threading of the pipe. The pipe itself is relatively (dirt cheap) cheap.

You need to buy full length 10 foot sticks of the pipe from HD and they will cut and thread the pipe to your specifications.

Have a chat with them, I purchased several 10' length sticks of 3/4" galvanized for $14 and had them cut it into 5 each 2' lengths threaded on both ends...cost...$14 and that included the pipe. 

In other words, it cost me nothing for the custom cutting and threading services.
« Last Edit: November 20, 2019, 09:42 AM by Cheese »

Offline kcufstoidi

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Re: Where to source 1.5” - 2” black pipe for table base?
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2019, 07:16 AM »
Any commercial plumbing supply in your area should have everything you need at better prices than the Borg's.

Offline duc996

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Re: Where to source 1.5” - 2” black pipe for table base?
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2019, 09:29 AM »
Thank you for all the replies! I will check my local plumbing supplier. Thank you.