Introduction: Cedar Shelves on Galvanized Pipe Frame

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This instructable will show you the necessary steps to build your own galvanized pipe shelf! Its simple and all of the parts are available at your local hardware store.

Parts/pieces/ materials/tools used in this version are as follows:

  • 4 x floor flanges
  • 8 x 2" nipples (piece of pipe)
  • 16 x T fittings (4 per shelf)
  • 8 x connector coupling (2 per shelf)
  • 16 x 6" nipples (4 per shelf)
  • 12 x 18" lengths of pipe
  • 4 x end caps
  • felt pads for bottom of feet
  • cedar fence boards (I wen't premium cedar and it saved me the hassle of too much sanding and fixing)

  • stain of choice (I used minwax walnut)
  • Goo Gone for pipe cleaning
  • saw
  • sander
  • Biscuit Joiner (optional)

Step 1: Assemble the Frame

Before you assemble the frame, you'll want to clean all of your pipe and fittings. They will be pretty greasy when you buy them. I used goo gone and an sos pad to scrub the pipes and they came out looking great.

After everything is clean, you can start assembling. Start with the floor flanges, and work up from there. Don't tighten anything past hand tight at this point. You'll want to do that later when you need to level the shelf.

Check for level and tighten the parts that need it in order to make the whole unit level. DOn't forget to put some felt pads on the bottom so you don't scratch up your floor!!

Step 2: Round the Edges

These are pieces of wood from a different project as I don't have any of this project, but you get the idea. Cut them to length, and round them off so they look cleaner.

Step 3: Fit It In

Next step is to fit everything into the shelf dry. After you know it fits, mark your boards 1/2/3 and include the shelf number (top, middle, etc) because they may only fit one way on one certain shelf.

After you know what goes where and that it fits, glue it up. I chose to biscuit join the boards together, but simply gluing them together will work as the weight of the shelf is supported by the crossbars.

The orientation of the boards is important in my design because there are only 2 crossbars per shelf, not 4. See my sketch for the diagram of that. If the boards were running parallel to the crossbars, weight in the middle of the shelf could break them.

Step 4: Stain the Boards

Now it's time to stain your boards. I stained them, let them sit for a minute or 2 and then wiped the stain off to show the grain of the wood. The shelves look fantastic!!

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