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Wood and Iron Shelves



There are a lot of ways to use iron plumbers pipe to make shelves. Here is the way that has worked well for me. Pipe shelving systems are not cheap but are a great investment because they can be disassembled and adapted to almost any setting. If you are renting your current home or move often they are an excellent alternative to moving giant bookcases. If you own your home it can be a nice full height bookcase for a study, provides shelving for dry goods in a kitchen, or even provides organization in a closet.

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      • ½” DIAMETER BLACK IRON PIPES AND FITTINGS - I RECOMMEND USING A VERTICAL SET OF PIPE SUPPORTS ABOUT EVERY 30”-48” OF SHELF LENGTH. I MADE 6 FOOT LONG SHELVES AND USED 3 SUPPORTS LOCATED 30 INCHES APART.
      • HERE ARE THE PIECES I USED. 3 PIECES OF 18” LONG 1/2” DIAMETER PIPE 3 PIECES 1/2” TO 3/4” COUPLINGS 3 ½” 90 ELBOWS 12 ½” T-FITTINGS 15 ½” FLANGES 21 10” LONG 1/2” DIAMETER PIPES 6 12” LONG 1/2” DIAMETER PIPES
      • OPTIONAL - THREE 3/4” DIAMETER PLUGS. ( THESE MAKE IT EASY TO ADJUST AND LEVEL THE SHELVES BUT ARE NOT ESSENTIAL)
      • PIPE CLAMPS - PIPE CLAMPS ARE METAL LOOPS THAT CAN BE USED TO CONNECT THE PIPES TO THE BOARDS. USE 2 CLAMPS PER HORIZONTAL PIPE SUPPORT AND FASTEN THEM WITH 5/8” LONG SCREWS
      • DANISH OIL
      • ¾” PINE BOARDS - I USED 6 FOOT LONG 10 INCH WIDE BOARDS. BOARDS THAT ARE LISTED AS 10” WIDE ARE ACTUALLY 9 ¼” WIDE. YOU CAN MAKE THE SHELVES WITH WIDER OR NARROWER BOARDS BUT THE TRICK IS TO MATCH THE WIDTH OF THE BOARDS TO THE LENGTH OF THE HORIZONTAL P
  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      **Exclusive Feature**: Click here to download Homemade Modern's blueprints for this How-To! Cut the boards to overhang the end pipes about 4-12 inches.

    2. Step: 2

      Sand the boards with 220 grit sandpaper and finish with a coat of Danish oil or a clear acrylic finish.

    3. Step: 3

      Screw the pipes together by hand. They don’t need to be super tightly screwed together, just securely connected.

    4. Step: 4

      Use a level to make sure the pipes are vertical before screwing the flanges to the wall. If your walls are made from gypsum board, use drywall anchors.

    5. Step: 5

      I wanted the shiny pipe clamps to match the black iron pipes. I sprayed the clamps with matte black spray paint.

    6. Step: 6

      Use the pipe hangers to secure boards to the pipes. **Exclusive Feature**: Click here to download Homemade Modern's blueprints for this How-To!

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Wood and Iron Shelves

by Homemade Modern
Sep 26, 2014

There are a lot of ways to use iron plumbers pipe to make shelves. Here is the way that has worked well for me. Pipe shelving systems are not cheap but are a great investment because they can be disassembled and adapted to almost any setting. If you are renting your current home or move often they are an excellent alternative to moving giant bookcases. If you own your home it can be a nice full height bookcase for a study, provides shelving for dry goods in a kitchen, or even provides organization in a closet.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    **Exclusive Feature**: Click here to download Homemade Modern's blueprints for this How-To! Cut the boards to overhang the end pipes about 4-12 inches.

  2. Step: 2

    Sand the boards with 220 grit sandpaper and finish with a coat of Danish oil or a clear acrylic finish.

  3. Step: 3

    Screw the pipes together by hand. They don’t need to be super tightly screwed together, just securely connected.

  4. Step: 4

    Use a level to make sure the pipes are vertical before screwing the flanges to the wall. If your walls are made from gypsum board, use drywall anchors.

  5. Step: 5

    I wanted the shiny pipe clamps to match the black iron pipes. I sprayed the clamps with matte black spray paint.

  6. Step: 6

    Use the pipe hangers to secure boards to the pipes. **Exclusive Feature**: Click here to download Homemade Modern's blueprints for this How-To!