Work in progress: homemade wooden bench with pipes

I love this hand made pipe bench project by HomeMade Modern:Home made bench by homemade modern

http://homemade-modern.com/ep23-pipe-bench/

The combination of an industrial look with the use of pure materials (iron and wood) really does it for me. Needless to say this project is high up on my to do list. I’ve already bought the pipes, just need to buy the wood and assemble the lot. Two negative points:  I’m  a bit worried about the ends of the pipes damaging my wooden floors and at about €50  for the pipes, and looking at at least another €50 for a piece of wood sturdy enough, this isn’t the cheapest DIY project out there.

On the other hand: this will last forever as the materials used are very solid and it’s a timeless look. I can probably find a way of protecting the pipe ends too… Suggestions anyone?