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Pipe Leg Upholstered Bench

Upholstered Bench

Assemble a few pipe fittings and add some plywood, a carpet pad, and a curtain for an easy-to-build bench that looks custom-made.
Drill with pilot-hole and countersink bits
Wood glue
Miter box and handsaw (optional)
Staple gun and 5/16-in staples
Painter's tape

4 - 3/4-in dia. floor flanges
6 - 3/4-in dia. galvanized tees
4 - 3/4-in dia. galvanized caps
3/4-in x 48-in galvanized pipe
4 - 3/4-in x 4-in galvanized pipe nipples
4 - 3/4-in x 6-in galvanized pipe nipples
4 - 3/4-in x 8-in galvanized pipe nipples

Curtain panel
3 yards - Leggett & Platt 11-1/8mm Rebond carpet padding1/2 x 48 x 96 MDF15-ft x 4-ft 8-ounce canvas drop cloth
#8 x 1-in flathead wood screws
1 x 2 x 8 furring strip Valspar spray paint, Bronze

Make the Base

1. Assemble the two end sections of the bench legs and leave the fittings slightly loose (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). Thread each end assembly onto the 42-in pipe and then stand the bench on a flat surface. Adjust the tightness of the fittings to level the bench and eliminate wobbles.

2. Wipe all of the pipes and fittings with mineral spirits to remove any labels and oily residue. Apply two coats of bronze spray paint according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Make the Seat

1. Glue the two MDF seat panels together and then glue the 1 x 2 x 48 rails along the centre (Project Diagram, Drawing 2). Use painter’s tape to secure the parts while the glue dries.

2. Cut four layers of carpet padding to fit the bench. Stack the padding on the bench and then bevel the top edge with scissors for a rounded upholstery edge.

3. Cut the drop cloth and curtain fabric to 28-in x 70-in and lay the drop cloth on your work surface. Flip the bench upside down and centre the bench and padding on the drop cloth. Starting in the middle of each side, pull the drop cloth over and staple to the bottom of the bench (Project Diagram, Drawing 3). Then alternate on each side of the bench pulling and stapling, moving out from the centre of the bench on each side toward each end -- stop 6 to 8 inches from the ends.

4. Fold under the end and staple each corner.

5. With the four corners folded, wrap the drop cloth over each end and staple. Repeat this and the previous two steps for the curtain fabric.

6. With the upholstered seat still upside down, centre the pipe base on the MDF. Drill 1/8-in pilot holes and drive the screws through the pipe flanges.

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