Conduit pipes are used in home building to run electrical wiring through; however, you can use it creatively to make industrial-inspired home furnishings. One way to add an industrial-themed furnishing to your home is to build a shelf out of conduit pipes. Combine maple boards coated with a clear finish with the conduit pipes for an industrial-styled shelf. The shelf can be installed on any wall for an attractive storage or display unit. This type of shelf works well in modern and contemporary-styled rooms.
Things You'll Need
- 2 boards, 2-inch by 2-inch by 8-inch
- Drill press
- 1-inch drill bit
- 2 boards, 2-inch by 2-inch, 24 inches long
- 3 1/2-inch trim head wood screws
- Screw gun
- Fine-grit sanding pad
- Tack cloth
- Spray lacquer
- 3 conduit pipes, 1-inch diameter, 24 inches long
- Stud finder
- 2 metal shelf brackets, with screws
Lay one 2-inch by 2-inch by 8-inch board flat on the table of the drill press. Drill 1-inch diameter holes through the center of the 2-inch width of the board at 2, 4 and 6 inches from one end of the board, using a drill press equipped with a 1-inch drill bit. Repeat this process with the second 2-inch by 2-inch by 8-inch board.
Position the 2-inch by 2-inch by 8-inch boards vertically oriented and parallel to each other on a work surface. Space the outside sides of the boards 24 inches apart. The drilled holes in the boards should be oriented horizontally.
Place one 2-inch by 2-inch by 24-inch board perpendicular across the each of the ends of the 2-inch by 2-inch by 8-inch board to form a rectangular box. Drive two trim head wood screws through each joint in the rectangular assembly, using a screw gun to fasten it together.
Spray the rectangular assembly with two even coats of spray lacquer. Allow four hours between coats. Wait 24 hours after the final coat before handling the assembly.
Slide one pipe through the corresponding holes in the 2-inch by 2-inch by 8-inch boards. The ends of the pipes should be flush with the outside sides of the 2-inch by 2-inch by 8-inch boards. The pipes will form the surface of the shelf. The 2-inch by 2-inch by 8-inch boards are the ends.
Slide a stud finder along the wall in the area you have selected to mount the shelf. Mark two of the nearest studs at the desired height for the shelf with a pencil.
Position one shelf bracket at each pencil mark on the wall. Drive the screws that were included with the brackets through the mounting holes and into the wall studs, using a screw gun.
Center the assembled shelf over the brackets. Fasten the shelf to the brackets, using the screws included with the brackets and a screw gun.
Tips & Warnings
- Select a shelf bracket that will complement the industrial style of the shelf.
- Wear eye protection when operating power tools.