Step 6: Shelf Brackets

So the conduit runs are mostly done. It's time to cut and add the shelf brackets.

The picture notes tell the story, but a few points of note.  Once they are tacked into correct position we continue to stitch weld them on until they have a continuous bead all round. One benefit of welding like this say 3/4" at a time, is that you can use higher voltage and feed setting of the welder = better penetration = stronger joint (usually). 

As a very happy accident we had a little bit of another pipe size and it fit inside the first - this allowed up to have extend the shelves as needed... 
Very nice project. <br> <br>My only question is : why did you choose round tubing ? Square tubes would have been more easy to work with on this specific project. <br>(Unless of course that you already had round tubing at hand). <br> <br>Then again, don't you think that putting the wiring inside the tubes is somewhat overdone : Wiring outside the tube with their specific protection would have been easier and faster and as safe. <br>But maybe you had the pleasure of doing so, and this is priceless.
Hay Vincent, thanks for the comment. <br> <br>The round tubing was not by choice. I think I mentioned in the 'able that square stock would defiantly be easier to work - we just happened to be given a load of scrap steel pipe... <br> <br>Wiring wise: here in the UK wiring has to be in conduit (unless it is armoured cable). In this case the pipe/conduit prevents accidental damage to the cables' insulation - from flying workshop shrapnel and the like ;)
Thanks ! <br>
I love the design, and all the reuse! This is a great instructable!
Thanks! Using the reclaimed stuff was a LOT of extra work, though obviously cheaper... Need to make some kind of pipe abrading machine, to quickly prep lengths of old pipe for welding ;) <br>Still, I think the patchy angle-grinded weld patches look kinda cool in there own special way...
What an awesome way to combine two basic needs. Genius!
Hay thanks Jessyratfink!
Is it a good idea to use metal tubing? If the wire insulation is compromised the whole metal frame could turn live.
It is quite common to use metal conduit in industrial settings - it is stronger and more resistant to being accidentally damaged when things fly about the shop (not that that <em>ever </em>happens to me). The point of metal conduit (especially thick stuff like this is to ensure that the insulation is <em>never </em>compromised except in the most exceptional&nbsp;circumstance. Obviously the conduit must be&nbsp;grounded, so that if that should ever happen, you are protected.&nbsp;
Cool project. Please connect ground to that metal conduit so if something short the whole conduit will not become a conductor.
Thanks. Yep, that's worth noting: as is always the case any metal conduit does have to be grounded!
sorry I just realised how daft I am sometimes.
when you say hi power 240 v sockets, are you talking about the 120 v safety equipment sockets?

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