The Pipe Bookcase is an industrial modern metal pipe and wooden board bookcase. I needed to make more room without relocating and the best way to do that was to build vertically. The Pipe Bookcase was built to be big and sturdy. I fear the day should I ever need to relocate.
Materials: All pipe is 1/2" from Home Depot
Follow Lowe's Instructional Video below on how to clean your metal pipes. Begin by donning thick rubber gloves.
Each pipe gets two flanges. For a level shelf you want each flange-pipe-flange stack to be as close as possible in length. I made a few loosely connected stacks and measured their lengths to find an agreeable length of 12.4375" for the short stacks and 24.3125" for the long stacks. With lengths determined, connect the flanges using seal tape for a tight fit. Measure, adjust, repeat.
I left my pipe unfinished for greater contrast with the dark wood. Still, to help protect against the elements, I sprayed my pipes with concrete sealer.
Follow the instructions on Handyman and divide the test board into different sections. Each section receives a different style combination. I wanted a dark walnut style to contrast with the bright metal pipes. I decided on the following: orbital sander, 1 part seal mixed with 1 part water, lightly hand sanded with 220 grit sand paper, dark walnut stain, dark walnut oil, and polyurethane. The orbital sander smoothens the rough Doug Fir. The seal creates an even surface so the stain won't look blotchy. Lightly sanding by hand removes some of the seal for a deeper stain. Dark walnut oil adds a little color and shine. Polyurethane creates a protective coating.
With your style combination in mind, style your remaining boards accordingly.
Follow the below AutoCAD drawing, minus the top shelf, to assemble your bookcase. The top shelf would have been too high. I placed each flange-pipe-flange stack 0.5" from the board edge. Use the screwdriver to set each screw. Once set, use the drill to finish fastening.
The second to last shelf, I came across a problem. The wooden board was warped. This was further amplified by the pipes. Using an old pair of jeans and another pipe, I slowly drew the pipes into alignment.
Populate your bookcase with books and things.