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My Repurposed Life: Industrial Shelf

This blog originally appeared on My Repurposed Life.

I was contacted by DIY Cartel about reviewing their 10” plumbing pipe table legs. I’ve always wanted to do a project with these plumbing pipes, but when I went to the store to buy them, I was so overwhelmed by all the mix and match choices that I ended up walking away. I requested two sets of the 10″ plumbing pipe table legs. After they arrived, I was trying to decide what I wanted to make with them.

I decided to make a DIY industrial shelf!

Because they are plumbing pipes, they are naturally a little greasy. I used a degreaser to clean them up. I waited too long to dry them, and encountered a little rust on the flanges. I recommend drying them right away.

You can see the degreaser really did a number on the pipes. I used some rods to hold the pipes so I could spray paint them with some Kryon Dual. Initially I was going to leave the flanges their original color, but I decided to paint them black as well. I sprayed the flanges on a drop cloth.

I chose to use these humongous floor joists for this DIY industrial shelf project. I cut the bad parts off of them, and they ended up being 3 different lengths. That was okay with me, because that’s what I really had in mind for this project.

My neighbor told me these are yellow pine. All I know is they are the heaviest boards I’ve ever carried and cut. These are from back in the day when a 2x was really 2 inches thick!

I could cut the two smaller boards on the sliding compound miter saw by myself, but the longer one? I had to call in reinforcements. I know my limitations, and I was afraid that doing that task alone was too risky.

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I washed the boards the day before and allowed them to dry thoroughly.

I used a scrap piece that I cut off to see how the wood was changed using Minwax Polycrylic. I liked the look, so I chose to use it on all the boards. The board standing up vertically is untreated, and the two laying horizontally have both gotten the poly treatment.

After securing all of the pipes to two flanges, I got busy putting the pipes onto the underneath side of the bottom board. I used my adjustable combination square to make sure they were all spaced the same.

I drilled pilot holes for every lag screw, using a socket to secure them all. I screwed all of them in loosely before tightening them each down because my boards were slightly warped.

After securing the bottom legs on the underneath side, I then started building UP by attaching the pipes and flanges to the top of the bottom shelf.

You can see I have the lower two shelves completed. I was careful to make sure the OLD nail edge of each board all faced the same way. Some may like this side exposed, others may prefer that this side be up against the wall. It’s really a personal preference.

You can see that I ended up using all 8 of the pipes on this one project.

Here ya go! One completed industrial shelf using 8 plumbing pipes and 16 flanges. SIXTEEN flanges, that is a total of SIXTY FOUR lag screws.

PLEASE NOTE: when these diy industrial shelves are re-homed, the new owner will need to secure them to the wall with some “L” brackets. I did not do that for the staging process.

The edges of these boards sawed so much more smoothly than any of today’s lumber does. I wish there had been more boards to get. Most of them were eat up with rot.

A close-up of the wood and the flanges. This is the better side (edge) of the boards. The nail holes are currently butted up against the wall. The wood is far from perfect, which I think adds to the charm of this piece. Ohhh the stories these former floor joists could tell!

Disclaimer: although I received the pipes to review, I was not compensated for this project or blog post. All thoughts, opinions and projects are my own.

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