DIY Faux Crank Table

DIY Crank Table

Have you ever heard of a crank table before? I absolutely love these! Unfortunately these tables can run you around $20k for an antique one! That is way way out of my budget! Since there was no way I would be buying one of these tables anytime soon, not unless I won powerball, I decided I would make my own version.  Originally I was going to make a plumbers pipe table (like the plumbers pipe bench I made) for the living room makeover but then I came across the crank desk below and that was it, I was drooling over it and I knew I could make my own DIY Faux Crank Table!

Here is my inspiration table photo via

Retro Crank Table

I used 4 x 6 posts for the base, plumbers pipe and flanges between the base and the top, conduit pipe across the front with an antique wheel that I painted red and a handle from a meat grinder that I never use.

DIY Faux Crank Table

Per the diagram, the base is made up of two 16″ feet, one 3′ section between the feet and two 22″ legs, these were all attached using L brackets anywhere a 90 degree angle formed and a flat bracket on the outer sides of the legs. Next I attached flanges on the top of each leg with a 8″ section of plumbers pipe and another flange. The top was attached to the top flanges. The base was spray painted in Rust-Oleum’s Metallic Soft Iron. The top was stained with watered down paint (a combination of white and brown paint).

DIY Faux Crank Table

DIY Faux Crank Table

Once the base and top were done I added a section of conduit pipe across the front then attached the antique wheel that I spray painted in Rust-Oleum Red and a meat grinder handle.  I didn’t make my table as big as the inspiration desk, I wanted it to fit on a specific wall in my living room.  I would definitely make this table much bigger if I were going to use it as a desk.

This table is very heavy due to the 4 x 6 base, however I’m sure it is much lighter then a real antique which is made of metal.

DIY Faux Crank Table


DIY Faux Crank Table

DIY Faux Crank Table


It fits the space perfectly for the farmhouse industrial look I was going  for in the living room makeover.  I had most of the material already at my home or at my neighbors (I love shopping her basement!) however I did price the material out at my local hardware store to get an idea on the cost for this project, including the antique handle (found on etsy for 9.00) the approximate cost for this project is $70.00. If this is your style give it a try and make your own DIY Faux Crank Table!


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46 comments for “DIY Faux Crank Table

  1. January 2, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Brilliant idea… my wife just showed this to me and wants to know why I’m not this creative, lol. She is a fan of all your great ideas and keeps me busy with the “honey do’s” around the house. She is already thinking about painting the living room with the colors from your 2015 color trends article.

    • Dria
      January 4, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      🙂 Thank you Roger! Sorry for the honey do list but I can’t blame her! I can’t wait to see what color you use in the living room! Send me a photo of the table when it’s done too! Happy New Year!

  2. August 2, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Please let me join everyone else in saying your faux crank table is genius!!!! I think it is amazing and such a cool piece for your home. Because it is so fabulous, we decided to feature it on Share It Sunday link party this week. Thanks for sharing.

  3. ColleenB. ~ Texas
    August 1, 2014 at 9:30 am

    First saw your crank table on Redoux; DIY Link Party at The Handmade Hangout blog site. I just had to come and check it out. I like the different and unusual.
    That is absolutely Awesome and what a very clever idea. You done a wonderful job in building it.

  4. August 1, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Wow, now that’s a pretty good idea. Great work, Keep up and Keep posting.

  5. July 29, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Hi Dria! Thanks for linking this up! It’s a Friday Favorites feature later this week! Party goes live on Thursday night! I would love for you to join in again! laura

  6. craftedsparrow
    July 29, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    This is awesome! Great job! Thank you for liking it up to The Creative Collection Link Party! Have a great week.

  7. July 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Great table, Dria!! It has so much personality!! Thank for linking up at Project Pin-it!


  8. July 29, 2014 at 11:15 am

    This is gorgeous, I love the whole idea! And the wall color in your living room is wonderful!

  9. Crystelle Boutique
    July 28, 2014 at 10:37 am

    What a fun and unusual table. I lvoe things that are not what you expect. You have outdone yourself!! 🙂
    xox, Crystelle

  10. July 28, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Thanks for linking up at Share it Sunday. I liked your fb page and am sharing over at the Share it Sunday FB page today. Love this project. Have a great week. Hope to see you at Share it Sunday again next week. And on Saturday night, not only do we open the party, but we also include our features.

  11. July 25, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    This is so original! Would love form you to link this to Friday Favorites at

  12. July 25, 2014 at 10:29 am

    wow this is a great piece of home engineering.
    Keep up with a good work Dria

  13. milamyk
    July 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    awesome idea!

  14. July 24, 2014 at 10:03 am

    This is such a cool project. I would love for you to drop by and share at The Handmade Hangout link party at Redouxinteriors, starts at 6:00 EST today. Thanks!

    • Dria
      July 24, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Awesome thanks so much would love to share it there!

  15. July 24, 2014 at 8:25 am

    That is very creative! I love it!

  16. July 24, 2014 at 7:32 am

    What a cute idea, i love the industrial look! Looks great in your home!

  17. July 24, 2014 at 2:31 am

    Ok, I’m sure there was a lot of patience that went into making this.Wow! I wish I could have one! I love that it’s adjustable!

  18. July 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I love it! You should consider making these and selling them.

    • Dria
      July 23, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      😉 thank you Victoria! This thing is so heavy I’d cringe at the thought of shipping it!

  19. Roxanne
    July 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    LOVE that! I’d never heard of a crank table, but now I want one lol!!

    • Dria
      July 23, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      Aww thank you so much Roxanne! I hope you make one!

  20. July 23, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    This is just so unique and awesome looking. I love the idea and just may have to try to make one, myself

    • Dria
      July 23, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Thank you so much Shauna I hope you make one I’d love to see it!

  21. rosieinrecife
    July 23, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Wow this is amazing! Looks just like the real thing! Whenever I see your diy posts I always want to get my hads dirty and make something beautiful like this!

    • Dria
      July 23, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Aww I love it! You should jump in and DIY!

  22. July 23, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I love this table! It turned out fabulous and didn’t cost a fortune to do!

    • Dria
      July 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you so much! It was such an easy and fast project and your right it was not expensive!!

  23. chris aka monkey
    July 23, 2014 at 10:41 am

    wow awesome i am so glad i found your blog i am gonna love it xx

    • Dria
      July 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Aww thank you so much Chris!

  24. July 23, 2014 at 9:48 am

    This is really cute but I have to say I love your clipboard in the background!

    • Dria
      July 23, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      🙂 thank you so much, that artwork was so last minute but it works well!

  25. July 23, 2014 at 9:15 am

    WOW! Impressive. That table came out great. I love pieces like this. It really adds personality to the room.

    • Dria
      July 23, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Thank you so much Jessica! I am really getting into making my own furniture, I’m in the process of planning a new dining room table~!

  26. July 23, 2014 at 8:26 am

    What a fun table – I adore it!

    • Dria
      July 23, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Thank you so much Dee!

  27. Robin Rue
    July 23, 2014 at 8:17 am

    LOVE!!! That really came out great. You must be so excited.

    • Dria
      July 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you Robin! I am I love how it came out, now I can’t wait to get my dining room table done!

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