Choosing storage cabinets though is something that should be done with care, Here are a few things that you need to look for tips with these expert suggestions. Before committing myself to a set of bookcase plans, I first decided to shop around for a pre-fab bookshelf, both online and at a few discount furniture stores in town. Solid Pine Shelves – For first-time projects, I like to use off-the-shelf dimensional lumber from the big box stores like Home Depot.
Cutting Dadoes for Bookcase Shelves – By far the trickiest step in following bookcase plans is cutting the dadoes (that hold the book shelf ends). Natural Bookshelves Made Of Mixed Wood Blocks - DigsDigs Search for: BEGIN TYPING YOUR SEARCH ABOVE AND PRESS RETURN TO SEARCH. These cabinet-top pipe shelves were put together with pipe, Kee Klamp pipe fitting and some shelving that was reclaimed from an old bookshelf. I had an post-college bookshelf of wood boards on decorative garden cinder blocks for a couple of decades. We sold the old wall unit and embarked on the master planning of the new plumbing conduit shelving unit. Unfortunately the sun set before I finished playing around with it, so of course it’s already styled differently. This shelving project is what led me to install those controversial doors on the fireplace bookcases.
What a beautiful professional job!Your blog is a constant inspiration, the Eames chairs and now this… who needs a fortune when you've got creativity, taste, wit and patience?
I had the same reaction when I saw the ace shelves, but now someone else has done it first, and made it that much easier on me!!! You just unscrew the pipe from the 3-way tee and then thread the pipe through and screw it back in to secure. After everything is pieced to together and attached to the wall it really doesn't need to be secured at the bottom.
It took me a few weeks (my husband thinks I'm obsessed- I am) but I decided to read your blog from the beginning to really feel and appreciate the progress. I thought I was smart when years ago I walked to my local HomeHardware to get some copper pipes to make curtain rods. PS: can you get rid of the classical-profile moulding strip along the top of the fireplace mantel?
I am loving me this, and all the ensuing comments, and anonymousarchitect coming to the table.
The pipes are galvanized and the pre-cut lengths are threaded, but the custom lengths had to be threaded in the store. I picked up off craigslist years ago…there are no tags, and the guy said it was used for photo shoots in Palm Springs. 2) what happens in when the wood shelving meets the 90degree elbows on the back bottom of the shelves? 3) you say it is sturdy… could it handle some more weight and books without shifting around? I think so – the supports are screwed into the two pipes and are super sturdy, but it depends on what the length between supports is and how thick the wood is.
Two feet between pipes (and shelf supports) means there should be no problem with deflection.
You could also just buy black plumbers pipe, rather than galvanized, and get a similar yet slightly more rough appearance. I have the same question as Chanpory: Did you screw directly into the wall studs or use those plastic drywall anchors? Hey question, So i just went to put my shelf together this week and the stain turned out HORRIBLE on the pine. Only thing that I am unhappy with (totally my mistake, not the design) was using 2 coats of the stain mix, which evened out the color but made the wood very very dark and obscured the grain. Considering some pipe shelving for my office so I’m planning it out using your excellent blog post. A piece of advice: take a steel brush to the threads on your pipes and thoroughly clean the female connections on the fittings as well.


Overall, the good news is that you don’t have to be a hard-core woodworker to pull this thing off.
What I do think first-time builders might (and should) have is a circular saw, a router, and a power drill. Even if you decide later to upgrade to more expensive tools, your circular saw will always get used in the shop.
You already know how much use (and abuse) this tool gets for literally hundreds of jobs around the house. This is all good stuff, but for now, let me narrow down the choices for a first-time bookcase project. Pine is relatively cheap (compared to hardwood) and is precut to standard-size widths and lengths.
No one wants to spend time moving around tables, setting up sawhorses, adjusting work clamps… just to cut off the end of a board. Many people who have just moved into their new houses or apartments struggle to come to a decision in how they are going to ornament and organize their possessions.
We love it when our customers reclaim or upcycle existing materials by utilizing Kee Klamp fittings. We featured seven great customer desks that show the creativity of our customers and versatility of our products.
I knew I wanted a big wall of open shelving in the living room and didn’t want the two areas to compete.
I mean, I LIKED the doors on the bookshelves, but with all this other open display, it makes perfect sense now. How did you do that on the left side when you already had the left side pipe installed before the longer shelves? I felt the frustration when you felt like breaking down a few times (especially with the outside of the house and the bathrooms. I wanted to build some pipe shelves too, but my boyfriend won't let me I'm going to try to convince him, because this looks dope! I'm looking to recreate this system on a wall in my kitchen, and ideally it will hold my cookbooks and microwave (its a hefty 40lb microwave oven). The whole thing is about nine feet wide, I think it broke down to four feet and then two feet between vertical pipes, with like six inches of overhang on each end.
Just curious as we’re planning on building these, but it would be great to make full use of this corner we have in the office. I wish I could show you some pictures (is it possible to set up a place here, where some of us grateful people can show how you’ve inspired us?), it just looks awesome against my brick wall.
Also, instead of painting over my pipes, I just left it as is – i like the dark greyish, muted tone of the black iron pipes and the connectors. I just discovered your blog by way of Brooklyn Limestone and I’m completely blown away. First, it’s the only other option I can find to buying expensive crappy bookcases, and second, I like the idea of deciding for myself what level of quality (and expense) I want to put into the project. In fact, a bookcase is a perfect starter project for someone just getting into building stuff from wood. For a simple bookcase, you’ll be using the circular saw to cut all the boards to length, and to help make the dado cuts that hold your bookcase shelves.
A router will make easy work of cutting the dadoes for your bookcase shelves, and with a few accessories, let you try out a whole load of professional-style woodworking techniques.
Although it’s possible to build a simple bookcase without ever picking up a power drill, the no-screws approach to building a bookcase requires that you own an insanely large number of clamps to hold everything together while the glue dries.
That means a LOT less cutting for me to get the basic pieces of my bookcase ready for assembly. Unfortunately, any less preparation than what I just mentioned will put you in a dangerous situation. Some may possibly expend weeks or even months taking out the furniture or having things put into the proper place in a way which suits to their personal taste.
These shelves look like they are floating on the shelves, supported underneath using a bored out flange.


Using this technique, he was able to custom fit a shelf into a specific area without the difficulty or expense of custom carpentry. If you need assistance designing a pipe shelf with Kee Klamp, give our projects team a call and we'll be happy to assist. It took over a week, a lot of frustration (with many changes to the original plan) and about $200.
The Boy and I assembled it by ourselves pretty quickly and surprisingly easily and then secured it to the wall with some screws through the flanges.
I have open shelving in the den, kitchen, dining room and now a whole wall in the living room, so I thought we could sacrifice those bookcases being open – especially since I could never could get them to look right.
I'm calling my husband over to the computer as I type this to show him what I want him to do to our stone wall. I was thinking of just building two of these so that one goes all the way into the wall in the corner and the other one would stop at the beginning of the first one’s shelves (if that makes sense). And did you run into any problems with having the threads going the wrong direction when you hooked multiple pipes together?
Besides there isn’t glue that connects these blocks or any other unnatural materials. That wouldn’t look as clean as actually building either a continuous shelf into and out of the corner or even cutting the shelves so they were angled and fit against each other in the corner. Not that you can’t do all this with another tool (like a circular saw or jigsaw), but at some point it just becomes too much work to make a zillion cuts in plywood without the bigger, beefy tools. That is, I clamp down both sides of the bookcase side by side… so that each pass with my circular saw (and router) cuts both boards at the same time. Each Blockshelf is unique because over 20 sorts of untreated wood could be used to manufacture it. You will see that this kind of bookshelf will suit simply about any interior decoration and it is extremely affordable. On the other hand, building two of these would allow us to possibly make better use of them in a different place if we were to move later on, as we wouldn’t be constrained to using them in a corner.
At a fraction of the cost, you can unleash the same clamping power on wood joints by using wood screws (or even nails) to hold pieces together while the glue sets up. This not only saves you tons of time and headache, it also makes sure that your shelves are perfectly aligned when you glue everything together.
Using a knot traditionally used for sailing and fishing, you can put the shelving system on your wall or ceiling.
It is accessible in a broad range of styles including a work station edition in which there is a computer desk added.
Of course, you’ll have holes all over everywhere, but most people just fill them in with putty and they look fine.
The most horrific stuff happens to people who have been building for 20-30 years without a scratch. I had major ups and downs (still do) but your blog really helped me get over it and l am reminding myself that patience and determination is the way to go when you don't have the cash! Sure, you might have some small gaps in the joinery, and maybe the case isn’t absolutely square and plumb.
Then out of nowhere things suddenly go wrong… boards go flying across the room, arms and fingers get cut, and worse. The Blockshelf can not only support books and other things you wish to display but also acts as a room divider. This leaning ladder shelf can make no difference what quantity of room space existing either as there are corner editions which are very space saving.Linea hadfield leaning ladder bookshelf in woodLeaning Ladder Bookshelf OrnamentIt is also essential that you should not think of this leaning ladder bookshelf is merely for an ornament for your home and such as you can pay for ones for your living room for placing your books or other belongings.
These can be a fantastic idea mainly in case there are a lot of you residing in just the one house seeing as you can put a number of books on this kind of shelving. For those who have never find ladder shelves before, then just visualize an A-shaped step ladder with a platform going along all pairs of rungs.



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