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Introduction: Tube Shelves

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Noah and Mitch salvaged some concrete form tubing for making speakers, but haven't gotten around to doing with it, yet.

Since we moved into the new office and I needed some new shelves, however, I decided to use them for that purpose until they get around to stealing them back. I saw a shelving system on a design blog that looked kind of like this, which was my inspiration. They work great; the foot of Rachel's desk keeps them from spilling all over the floor into a big heap of books.

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    42 Discussions

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    Thejesterqueen
    Thejesterqueen

    4 years ago

    It's amazing how just changing a shape of something makes it look more sophisticated. They look great! I may have to copy this one.

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    indeepknit
    indeepknit

    5 years ago on Introduction

    So you didn't connect these at all, just stacked them between barriers to stop them from rolling? Is that contact paper?

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    Eye Poker
    Eye Poker

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I've never seen the wood tubes, cardboard yes, wood finished tubes no. Any idea where to find them?

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    dreamberry
    dreamberry

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Cardboard tubes covered with wood grain contact paper?

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    mzklever
    mzklever

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I LOVE these! I just saw them on a designer sales sight for about $300/six tubes. I was dying to figure out how to make them, and you saved me! BTW, the way they kept them from rolling on the other site was to build an outer frame for the front and back (2 sheets of plywood with holes cut for the tubing, then one set on the front edge of the tubes, one set on the back...they did it in a groovy shape so it wasn't a boring stack). Thanks for posting this; I am going to make some for my bedroom! I think enough of them together would make a pretty decent room divider.

    I think I'll make some of these to put in my hallway.But I intend to use cardboard. An maybe I'll paint them, and maybe I'll hang them on the wall!

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    jacob2die4
    jacob2die4

    9 years ago on Introduction

    nice.. but.. as many other things inhere a copy of an existing design..

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    UberNoober
    UberNoober

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    It may be a copy of an existing design, but said existing design is significantly more expensive and lacks the awesome "I made those myself" appeal.

    Props to nagutron for thinking of this creative use for something as mundane as concrete form tubing. Looks great!

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    Lizzbot
    Lizzbot

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I'm excited about undertaking this project. I have a jigsaw I've never used, so I will attempt to use it to cut the tube! I want new bookshelves very badly & these beat the one I planned to purchase @ IKEA. Yay! I found the molds on the Home Depot website. The link is as follows: http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Search?keyword=concrete+tube+mold&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

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    nagutron
    nagutron

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome! Take pictures and share them when you're done.

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    tulekah
    tulekah

    10 years ago on Introduction

    cardboard tends to make a fuzzy edge when cut. put a belt of masking tape around the tube inside and outside and cut thru the tape, it will make a cleaner cut. also the finer the saw teeth the cleaner.

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    Nyxi
    Nyxi

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    that's a good suggestion. :) they should also paint the insides of the things

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    Nautilus34
    Nautilus34

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    painting the inside I don't think would increase the visual appearance, at least on the wooden tubes. I find the contrast of the two different shades of wood to be quite nice. However, depending on the atmosphere you are trying to achieve, paint could be the way you want to go.

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    anoop
    anoop

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, I live in Chicago and i'm wondering where i can get these forms? how did you secure them to each other? just a series of small screws ? awesome idea by the way! thanks.

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    eliastorre
    eliastorre

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Hey! This is an AMAZING thing! I'm about to start my own. By the way, you can find tubes like this in any construction supplies store, here in Mexico (and I guess will be the same in the States) are made from very sturdy cardboard, and then used as a mold for concrete columns. They size about 10 ft. tall, and the 14" cost around 3 dollars each, sorry but I don't know how they are named in english. I'm almost sure you can find them at a Home Depot store. Let me know!

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    el_teacher
    el_teacher

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    elias... como se llaman en espanol???? I live in mexico city!!!!! tell me where I can get them... thanks

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    eliastorre
    eliastorre

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Jaja, que onda! Las puedes buscar como "Tubo para cimbra" es de cartón fuerte. Yo hablé a un Construrama y ahi los venden. El tubo de 3 metros de alto con un diámetro de 40cm me dijeron que costaba 325 pesos, voy a ir por uno el lunes =P

    Avísame si los encuentras, vá? Saludos!

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    el_teacher
    el_teacher

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    y los cortaran??? o como?? los tendre que cortar solito, verdad???? me avisas como te va... por el momento estoy en tailandia, pero en agosto regreso a mexico, y tengo muchas ganas de construir eso....