So Valentine’s Day is exactly a week from today, and you still haven’t found that perfect gift?! Fear not! You’ve just found a DIY instructional post to create that awesome gift for that special someone. And it costs less than $50 to make! #winning
Let’s face it, guys… we aren’t too good at buying present. It’s probably better known than the fact that white chicks who own Uggs and yoga pants are absolutely OBSESSED with Pumpkin Spiced EVERYTHING. Fact.
So, guys, instead of running around trying to find that perfect gift, why not make her one! Girls love it when we make things! And girls, same thing goes for you as well. Guys love it when you make a present! Well, actually, guys love beer and pickup trucks, but both of those take too much time to make from scratch before Valentine’s Day! So that leaves us with the following…
DIY Reclaimed Wood Industrialized Pipe Shelf & Steel Towel Holder Woodworking Plans
Tools Needed for this Project:
PROTIP: Click to Purchase! Help me, help you, help me.
First things first, let’s start with our shopping list. We’ll need the following piping items from Lowes:
As shown above, the specific items are:
- Quantity (4) four. 1/2″ diameter Black Iron Floor Flange Fitting
- Quantity (1) one. 1/2″ diameter x 12″ length Black Steel Nipple Fitting
- Quantity (2) two. 1/2″ diameter 90-Degree Black Iron Elbow Fitting
- Quantity (2) four. 1/2″ diameter Black Iron Tee Fitting
- Quantity (2) two. 1/2″ diameter x 4″ length Black Steel Nipple Fitting
- Quantity (4) four. 1/2″ diameter x 2.5″ length Black Steel Nipple FittingBam! Ok, now that you have all the piping components, you’ll also need the following:
- All purpose degreaser and cleaner
- Wood Shelving Top – Greater than 18″ length and 6″ deep. You can use whatever you want (pine board, pallet boards, repurposed old self, etc.)
- 60 grit and 220 grit sandpaper
- Small box of 1″ cabinet screws (you’ll need 8x)
- Wood Finish. In this blog we’re using tung oil and paste wax
- Strong hand grip for twisting pieces together
- And an awesome, positive attitude!
Step One – Cleaning
Now that we have everything purchased, let’s get to the EASIEST assembly… ever. First, you’ll want to start with cleaning and degreasing all the pipe pieces. Put all the pieces in a tube container, fill the container with your cleaner/degreaser (follow the label instructions for proper mixing), and let them sit for no less than one minute.
Step Two – Getting Prepared
Once the pieces are done soaking, remove them one by one and dry them off with an old rag. You’ll definitely see how dirty they were! As you dry them off, lay them out in the way in which they’ll be assembled (photo below). So far… easy!
Step Three – Assembling Tubing
You’ll want to assemble the pieces from the bottom up, starting with the 12″ inch towel rod section first. Simply twist the pieces together, as tight as possible. I don’t recommend using tools, as you can scratch the finish of the pipe, but that’s totally up to you. Hand tight should be enough. But, you know, if it falls apart, it isn’t my fault!
Step Four – Making the Shelf
Once your piping assembly is together, pick out your piece of wood and cut it at your desired length. I chose to make the entire length of my shelf 28.5″, which left me approximately 6″ inches of shelving on each side of the top flanges. You can make your shelf the same length, or longer/shorter based on your needs. Once you determine the necessary length, cut the wood.
PROTIP: If you do not have access to a saw, you can always have your local hardware store cut the wood for you.
SECOND PROTIP: Don’t use your hands to stop the spinning blade on your saw.
Step Five – Sand and Stain
How ya holding up?! I don’t know about you, but I’m running out of steam here! Who the heck new these blogs would be so intense to write?!
Anyways… Now that you have your shelf cut to length, you’ll want to finish it (sand and stain). I started with 60 grit sandpaper first, followed by a few passes at 220 grit. It gave the wood a Valentine’s Day silky smooth finish… heh. Once you’ve cleaned all the saw dust off, apply your stain/finish of choice. As mentioned above, I chose to use Formby’s low gloss tung oil, followed by three coats of Johnston paste wax. I recommend the same, but go wild here! Heck, you want a pink industrialized pipe shelf and towel holder? Awesome! I totally support that decision!
Step Six – All Together Now
Do It Yourself Avengers, Assemble! We’re so close at this point! Your pipe is now together, and your wood is stained and finished; the horizon is in the view! Once the stain and wax is dry (follow directions), you can assemble the pipe to the wood shelf. This is fairly simple, in that you just need to make sure that the pipe is in the middle of the wood shelf, and there is equal length on both sides (left and right) of the flanges. As mentioned above, my distance from flange to end was approximately 6″. Once you’ve squared up the pipe assembly, screw it in to place with 1″ cabinet screws.
Step Seven – Victory!
You did it! Not only did you make it through the entire post, but you also have something to show for it now! Now wrap it all up for your Valentine’s Day gift, and let the appreciations roll in!
Step Eight – Share, Like, Comment, Purchase
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If you found this DIY project to be too difficult, or don’t have enough time to complete it, feel free to purchase it from our Etsy shop! I mean, we’ll eventually run out of room in our house if we keep everything we make, so it’s win/win!