Have you been shopping for a small computer desk with little or no luck? Or maybe you found the perfect one, but it is way outside your budget? Then I’m glad you’re here! With a few tools and a little skill (and I mean little!), building your own is the perfect solution.
I built this small computer desk for my son’s room. Its clean-lined design and U-shaped pipe legs combine style and function for a small space. The hidden drawer is my favorite!
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The Problem with Pipe
If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I love building projects using galvanized pipe. The problem I have with it is cleaning the stickiness and dirt off before using it. Your hands get all smelly, because after all, the stuff is made for plumbing, not furniture.
After my first pipe project I started to wear gloves any time I used pipe. But cleaning and scrubbing still required a lot of work on my part.
For this small computer desk I collaborated with Jethro from Blackfriars Ironworks. Jethro sells ready-made pipe kits for furniture. You get the pipe already cleaned and prepped, cut to size, and threaded in all the right places. There are a variety of finishes too (hello, polished bronze). All you have to do is add the wood and put the pipe pieces together. Best of all, prices are super affordable and well worth not having to have your pipe cut, threaded, and painted. And no clean up.
Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials for novice woodworkers and DIYers. She also works as a university professor in the health care industry. Have a question for Janice? Feel free to send her a message here!