Jena: So all in, about how much do you think this cost you? (Approx?)
Jena: Breaking it down, what was the cost of the plumbing supplies?
¾” T’s, 90’s, Flanges, and of course.….6” and 12” nipples.
Jena: Big nipples.
Pine, pre-sanded, tongue and groove veneered.
After much searching I selected veneered wood as it seems the most stable and least amount of prep time. It also provides an interesting look with all the random grain structures.
Jena: Well, it looks awesome, that searching paid off!
Jena: What paint (and other stuff) did you use?
1 Coat - Minwax
Water Based Stain, White base with 7 shots of black.
3 Coats - Varathane
2 Coats - Tremclad Gloss Black Spray Paint
220 Grit Sandpaper
Jena: Good to know, that lays it out well. Copy and paste. Shopping list done! So, where do I pick up the supplies? I mean, where did you pick up the supplies?
Plumbing - Emco Supply
Wood – Windsor Plywwod
Paint & Others – Your local hardware store
Matt: Probably about 40 man and lovely wife hours!
Jena: Any challenges?
Matt: Get yourself 4 hands and 2 less beers for assembly.
Years ago I swore I would never buy plastic anchors again. Purchase good wall anchors preferably made with metal components. My first ones were plastic junk and blew apart….again.
Jena: Are there things you might do differently the next time?
Matt: Lights are always fun. It would have been nice to run some wiring through the piping
and have overhung accent lighting on the books. It can still be done ;)
Because it is 9 feet high, with all the arms are cantilevered, it could have been anchored to
the wall somewhere in mid-shelf. A good engineer would have done a free-body diagram and figured this out first!
Jena: Any Tips?
Matt: Make sub-assemblies like in the photo. Final assembly will be much easier with less
chance of wrecking walls and floors.
Matt: Purchase all the gas fittings from one supplier to keep the assembly consistent (they are all NPT thread but the length varies) On a smaller shelf, to save some $, you could use ½ piping. Measure, measure, measure…….measure! I have about a hundred more tips but I don’t want to ruin the excitement of your own build.
Matt: I love learning how to do stuff. This was my first wood working attempt and it turned out as envisioned.
Jena: Your first?! I'm impressed. Clearly, it comes pretty natural to you. Is there anything else for next time?
Matt: If it was a center piece, display shelf, or focal point of a room, I would introduce different shelf spacing. This would provide a home for the mixture of art, televisions, flowers, and storage boxes we all have.
Jena: That would be really cool, I just might have to either try it out or just get you to make me one! What was your inspiration for this project?
Matt: I finally remembered what my inspiration was…..the always overpriced ($1928.69 USD) and often under constructed Crate and Barrel shelf (pictured below). I almost knocked it over
checking the price tag so how could I ever put books on it?
I look forward to seeing more! Stay tuned....
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And thanks again for reading!