BEER! That’s right… BEER! Ladies, remember when I said:
“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”
Well now you can make the man in your life AND it can be beer related! So much win!
For the guys reading this, why wouldn’t you take three hours out of your Saturday to dress up your man cave with a unique DIY piece of industrialized wall art? Now that we know basically everyone should be making one of these for one reason or another, it’s time to figure out what supplies we make and how to put it all together. Much like the industrialzed pipe shelf and towel holder, we won’t be needing too much more than some pipe, wood and REALLY strong hands.
DIY – Industrialized Pipe Beer Sign for your Man Cave
Tools Needed for this Project:
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Not going to lie… this part kind of stinks! Because there are a LOT of different piping pieces you need! They are listed as the following:
- Quantity (2) two. 1/2″ diameter Black Iron Floor Flange Fitting
- Quantity (22) twenty-two. 1/2″ diameter 90-Degree Black Iron Elbow Fitting
- Quantity (14) fourteen. 1/2″ diameter x 1.5″ length Black Steel Nipple Fitting
- Quantity (2) two. 1/2″ diameter x 2″ length Black Steel Nipple Fitting
- Quantity (6) six. 1/2″ diameter x 2.5″ length Black Steel Nipple Fitting
- Quantity (4) four. 1/2″ diameter x 3.5″ length Black Steel Nipple Fitting
- Quantity (8) eight. 1/2″ diameter Black Iron Cap Fitting
- Quantity (1) one. 1/2″ diameter x 8″ length Black Steel Nipple Fitting
- Quantity (1) one. 1″ x 8″ x 4′ White Pine Board
Other goodies you can pull from around your shop (if you don’t have them already) are:
- All purpose degreaser and cleaner
- 60 grit and 220 grit sandpaper
- Wood Finish. In this DIY, we just used a few coats of Watco Dark Walnut Stain and Johnson paste wax, just like we have in previous builds.
- A 7/8-in Woodboring Spade Drill Bit
- A really good pair of joint pliers.
- Lastly… as usual… AN AWESOME AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE!!!
Step One – Clean and Degrease
Much like our previous DIY builds, the first thing we need to do is gather the industrialized pipe supplies listed above to clean and degrease them. You don’t want to be handling these pieces prior to cleaning, as they tend to make an incredible mess! Trust me…
Put all of your pieces in a large bucket or container, and add in your Zep all purpose degreaser and cleaner. Clean as per the directions. Let it soak for at least five (5) minutes, wipe clean and dry. You’ll see in the below photo that I added the pieces to an enclosed plastic bag, so I could heat dry them faster.
Step Two – Tetris with Industrialized Pipes
This really is just Tetris with galvanized industrial pipe. I added a BRIEF diagram about the length of pieces used, but as my layout changed half way through the project, I’d use the above supply list as a reference. As you lay the pieces out, you’ll see the difference in length and it should come together MUCH easier.
Step Three – Mark and Cut
Now that you have your first layout template together, you’ll want to cut your wood to the proper size. The total length of our base should be 30″. From there, we’ll need to mark our man cave sign appropriately to make sure the letters are spaced properly and are level. After you’ve made your 30″ cut, mark your wood with an elbow-square at 1.25″ from the bottom, 3.375″ from the bottom and 6″ from the bottom. You should have an 8×30″ piece of wood with three marks on in at 1.25″, 3.375″ and 6″ when you’re done.
Step Four – Swiss Cheese: Full of Holes
The easiest way to explain this step is through pictures. Now that you have your 30″ piece of wood with your three lines marked, you’ll need to know where to drill with your 7/8″ spade bit. A picture illustration has been added below with all the proper markings to make things easy.
Step Five – Test Fit Before Proceeding
As the measurements are pretty specific, you’ll want to test fit at this point. Depending on how tight you made each pipe-fitting, you’ll need to adjust a little at this point. I’ve made this sign several times now, and I always need to adjust a little here and there. Use your joint pliers, and twist, bend and wiggle your way into place.
Step Six – Sand and Finish
Assuming your industrialized pipe fits nice and snug and you don’t need to make any further adjustments, it’s time to sand, stain and finish. As we’ve done in the past, you’ll want to sand your sign at 60-grit and 220-grit, for that silky smooth finish. For this project, we decided to use a few coats of Watco Dark Walnut Stain and Johnson paste wax; which is the standard at this point. Make sure you follow the directions for applying and curing.
Step Seven – Hand Strength and Pliers Skills
The end is in sight! With your sign base all sanded and stained, it’s time to put it all together. Tighten the pipe down the best you can! You’ll want to put all the caps on the back of the sign as tight as possible, as this is your final step. Make sure all the letters are squared off and level, and the sign sits straight when mounted on the wall. Unfortunately, I can’t put a lot of pictures here, as each sign will vary slightly and need their own tweaks.
Step Eight – Final Product
You did it! Not only did you make it through the entire post, but you also have an awesome industrialized pipe sign for your man cave, or that special guy in your life! Now time to sit back and enjoy a… BEER
Step Nine – 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!