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Monday, 25 October 2021

Handmade Steampunk Coffee Table

I thought I would show off my industrial looking steampunk coffee table that I recently handmade. The coffee table was inspired by a similar one that I saw being sold in the USA, however due to the high import duties, I thought I would make my own.
My handmade steampunk coffee table
My handmade steampunk coffee table

The wooden frame of the steampunk coffee table was provided for me by a craftsman in the UK. The frame is formed from recycled scaffold boards and beautifully stained with Danish oil. I added the cast iron corner brackets to the table to give it an industrial feel. The most difficult item to source were the square headed screws. I eventually found some on eBay, and the seller had just enough of them for my requirements; I then sprayed them to match the corner brackets. Pipe fittings were then added to the underside of the table to form the legs.

Steampunk coffee table - side view
Steampunk coffee table - side view



Inside the frame of the steampunk coffee table, I added quite an intricate maze of pipe fittings. pressure gauges, a stopcock, and light fittings. As you can appreciate this was quite a complicated jigsaw to sort out! I spent several hours scratching my head trying to get the fittings evenly distributed within the table, however I am incredibly pleased with the result!

Steampunk coffee table - Lighting
Steampunk coffee table - Lighting


An electrical supply was fitted to the steampunk table and threaded through the pipework to power the Edison style bulbs. The table was then topped with a sheet of tempered glass, attached to the table with mirror screws. The steampunk coffee table has been an enormous success for my son and his art studies; the light shining through the glass has created a lightbox that aids him when tracing pictures.

Steampunk coffee table - Details

I hope you have been inspired by my coffee table made from recycled objects!

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