DIY Industrial Conference Table: How to Build Your Own
If you're an architect, you care about design. It's in your blood. It's all you think about. You're meticulous down to the very last detail. But to do all that, you must first draw from inspiration. Famous structures, renowned architects, and even from what's around you. So it's important to have a space that is conducive to being creative.
For Andrew, and his company A.Gruppo Architects, that is a space that is clean and modern yet includes a mix of industrial and contemporary elements. So when it came time to throw a new conference table into the mix, Andrew went the custom route to build something that fit perfectly. Using Kee Klamp fittings and pipe, Andrew was able to design and build this beautiful looking conference table.
In this article, we'll cover the details of Andrew's conference table, the fittings used to build it, and show you how you can build your own just like it (with diagram and steps included). And no, you don't have to be an architect to do so :)
Andrew's conference table is built using Kee Klamp fittings and pipe to create the table frame paired with a table top constructed from concrete formwork plywood. The material is also know as "chudoboard" and can be found at local supply yards. Andrew chose this type of top having used it in the past and been pleased with it's level of durability. The table top is 42" wide by 96" long.
It is our conference table. We love the wheels enabling us to reposition as a layout table or extension to our work surfaces as necessary. We have since moved to a new office location - and it is still functioning perfectly.
If you are building your own conference table based of Andrew's design, the height, width, and length of the table are entirely up to you. If you need help with deciding on the measurements for the table frame to accompany your desired table top, reach out to out projects team for free design assistance.
How to Assemble the Conference Table
Like with many Kee Klamp built projects, the exact order in which you assemble the project can be completely dependant on how you would like to approach the assembly process. However, we have provided a list of steps (along with accompanying diagrams) that we believe will be the best approach for assembling the table. Follow the diagrams and instructions provided below, to build a conference table like the one Andrew built:
First, it may be easiest to build the table frame in sections, which can then be joined together (see Figure 5). These sections will consist of the two leg supports and then the middle brace that provides extra support to the table frame.
Start by assembling the middle brace (Figure 3). The brace will consist of four lengths of pipe, one Double Swivel Socket, two Single Swivel Socket fittings, and one Single Socket Tee. Follow the diagram above (Figure 2) and below (Figure 3) to assemble this middle brace.
With the middle brace assembled, you can assemble the table frame leg supports. These supports will then attach to the brace you just assembled (see Figure 5). The leg support will consist of three lengths of pipe, three Single Socket Tee fittings, and two Casters. Follow the diagram above (Figure 4) to assemble the side support. For a closer look and a how to video for attaching the Casters, visit the Casters product page.
With the three sections assembled (the middle brace and the two leg supports), they can now be joined together. The exposed ends of pipe, on each end of the middle brace, will insert into the open socket on the leg supports. Follow the diagram above (Figure 5) to connect the sections.
With all the sections attached, the Flange fittings can now be placed onto the exposed ends of pipe at the top of the frame. These will be used to attach the table top to the frame. Slide the fittings onto each exposed end of pipe (see Figure 6) and tighten down the set screw to secure the fitting.
With the frame complete, the table top can now be attached. Place the table top over the table frame and on top of the Flange fittings. Each Flange fitting has four holes in it for mounting. Use the appropriate hardware to secure the table top to the Flange fittings.
That's it. You should now have a complete conference table just like the one Andrew built. If you have any questions, please reach out to our projects team for help. We offer free design assistance and can help you with creating and assembling your project. You may also want to try browsing our table kits for a simpler approach. Finally, be sure to sign up to our email newsletter below to receive updates on future projects like this one.