Newbie shelf question

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by Ceasar2017 posted 03-25-2017 01:42 PM 885 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Ceasar2017's profile


10 posts in 668 days

03-25-2017 01:42 PM

Hi everyone:)

I am trying to design a very basic shelf using pipes for lens/sides and butcher block for actual shelves. This shelf is going to house heavy electronics (50-70lbs per component).

I have few requirements:

1. I need to support at least 120lbs, but 150lbs to be safe.
2. My plan to do 48” wide, 24” deep per shelf
3. I want to use rubberized wheels

Butcher board I am looking at right now:
For wheels, I am considering these
I plan to use 3/4” iron pipe and appopriate covers/flanges/couplings

few questions I was hoping you guys could help me with:

1. If I want to do a 48” wide / 24” deep per shelf, do I need 2 pipes in the middle for extra support or would pipes on each edge be sufficient?
2. Right now, I am considering 2 shelves only. Would the recommendation change if I do 3 shelves or 4?

thank you :)

7 replies so far

View Woodknack's profile


12468 posts in 2620 days

#1 posted 03-25-2017 06:22 PM

View oldnovice's profile


7380 posts in 3608 days

#2 posted 03-25-2017 07:10 PM

Hi everyone:)

I am trying to design a very basic shelf using pipes for lens/sides and butcher block for actual shelves. This shelf is going to house heavy electronics (50-70lbs per component).

thank you :)

3. I want to use rubberized wheels

- Ceasar2017

These heavy components must be vintage and/or tube type with transformers as most of the new electronics don’t weigh that much!

If you meant casters (rubberized wheels), I buy mine from Caster City as they have a large variety of all types of very good casters at decent good prices.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

View josephf's profile


213 posts in 2336 days

#3 posted 03-25-2017 07:29 PM

pipes bend .angle iron is less inclined . though in this situation it should be fine .granted i am just guessing how you are thinking on the structure .those ikea counters ought to work very well ,they are a hardwood . i have used them for counters and they strike me as stable .i believe you will be fine covering the 48” .get one ,set it between two saw horses and stand on it .see it deflects .

View TSO's profile


4 posts in 667 days

#4 posted 03-25-2017 08:21 PM

@caesar2017 – I reallize this is a woodworking forum but still wonder why you would take your time to build something purely functional when it is so readily available commercially in a flexible selection and configuration.

For example: (also stocked to some extent at SAM’s CLUB.

The span of the shelving you are planning poses some structural requirements that can’t be readily met with a flat sheet of plywood – so more labor will be required to build with wood.

Casters: we firmly believe in mobility and can share with you that caster load capacity is no indicator how realistic the caster is for any given application. The most common injection molded casters you find at NORTHERN, Home Depot, online, etc will support the stated load – BUT – say nothing about rolling resistance. Consider that you will likely be pushing from 30 inches or higher on a relatively narrow wheelbase – makes for easy tipping.

Consider buying casters with Urethane tires which don’t take a set under load (no flat spots) and get anti-friction ball bearings in the wheels; EXPENSIVE – but last you a lifetime. Move them to another project when your needs change. share with us what you decided to do and how it worked out.

Hans and Eric

View Ceasar2017's profile


10 posts in 668 days

#5 posted 03-26-2017 02:04 AM

Hi everyone.
Yes, they are old tube components, each around 60lbs :(. As for casters, i won’t need to move it that often, just if I do, i want to be able to… maybe 1-2 times a year….

I don’t want a metal product since i want to stain it into cherry and I have specific length/height requirements too.

Thank you for the help everyone… :)

View Ceasar2017's profile


10 posts in 668 days

#6 posted 07-29-2018 07:26 AM

this is an old topic but I wanted to share the pics of the projects we have completed

first is the one I was asking questions about: we got 3 sears butcher block (we made 2 of these, pictured only 1) and cut them in 2 (they were 96×24” so was perfect for me).. and rest you see. sanded down, 4 coats of cherry and sealed. using pipes and 3” wheels that are rated for 200lbs per wheel. I won’t need to move much, but if I do.

2nd is coffee table. I had a 2×4” soap stone and decided to use it for top for my work/coffee table. wheel are 4” woot and rest is designed to make it as sturdy as possible, yet stay within budget. It was not finished nearly as nice as other unit, but for me it was fine!

both been used for a year now and I am very happy with how all came out

View Redoak49's profile


3744 posts in 2228 days

#7 posted 07-29-2018 12:49 PM

Looks good…..thanks for posting the final project.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics