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Project by DaleMaley posted 02-09-2017 06:17 PM 767 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The local church is building a new youth center. The designer for the new center asked me to use the “Industrial Look” design for a new set of shelving, about 7 feet wide. She gave me a link to what she was looking for.

She said the Industrial Look was the “in thing” right now. I guess everything old becomes new again in cycles, because this design is just 3/4” black iron pipe/fittings with red oak shelves…......which has probably been around for more than 100 years :)

The trickiest part was coming up with a design that used all standard length 3/4” pipe nipples…......which typically come in 1 inch increments. I had to go to McMaster-Carr to get some of the longer nipples, because they are not stocked at the big box stores. I used Google Sketchup to design the shelves.

I lucked out, and all the standard length nipples worked…........I was afraid I was going to have to cut and thread a couple of them.

I initially designed the shelves so the pipe was anchored to the studs every 16 inches. But when I arrived to install them, the designer wanted them exactly centered between 2 new lights….....which did not let me anchor them to the studs. I solved the dilemma by adding 2.5” wide oak boards under the back of the shelves, then anchored those boards to the studs with 2.5” screws. The pipe flanges are just anchored to the drywall using plastic expandable inserts with screws.

They will take a lot of weight, and are sturdy enough that teenagers can stand on them….or hang from them, and they won’t budge.

I was concerned that over long periods of time, the pipe flanges that set on the carpet will rust, and the rust color will migrate to the carpet. I used Mr. Clean detergent to remove all the oil film from the flanges, then gave them 2 coats of polyurethane. I also cut little discs out of thin plastic, slightly bigger than the flange OD, and slipped them between the flange and the carpet.

Everyone is happy with the new shelves.

You can see more details at my woodworking web site.

thanks!

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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Kelster58

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#1 posted 02-09-2017 07:32 PM

They look great. You did a very good job!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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Ted78

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#2 posted 02-09-2017 07:54 PM

Made a similar shelf for my books at home. Used a bunch of old iron water pipe I had since I had to take it out and convert to PEX t appease the insurance company. I just cut the pipe with a hack saw and bought a cheap pipe threader from H.F. to thread the pipes. A lot of work, don’t think I’d do it that way again.

-- Ted

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DaleMaley

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#3 posted 02-09-2017 08:10 PM



They look great. You did a very good job!

- Kelster58

Thanks!

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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DaleMaley

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#4 posted 02-09-2017 08:12 PM


Made a similar shelf for my books at home. Used a bunch of old iron water pipe I had since I had to take it out and convert to PEX t appease the insurance company. I just cut the pipe with a hack saw and bought a cheap pipe threader from H.F. to thread the pipes. A lot of work, don t think I d do it that way again.

- Ted78

I worked my way through college being a plumber in the summer. I refurbished my Dad’s old pipe cutter…...

When he passed away, I could have gotten his old set of pipe threaders, but they were completely worn out. I did buy a cheap H.F. threader, just in case I needed it…............but fortunately I avoided having to cut or thread any pipe:)

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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Scott Landry

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#5 posted 02-10-2017 06:09 AM

I did that for my son’s room and it is awesome. The guy at home depot who cuts and threads pipe would hide when he saw me coming the week it took to build it.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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