Learn how to build your own Industrial Black Pipe Bookshelf in ten steps!
My husband and I wanted to create a unique industrial bookshelf for our son’s nursery that would match his black pipe wall shelves. We couldn’t find a photo of anything quite like this so we decided to design our own!
1 x 2 x 4 feet (1)
1 x 4 x 4 feet (1)
1 x 8 x 4 feet (1)
1/2 inch black pipe that is 18 inches long (2)
1/2 inch black pipe that is 2 1/2 inches long (2)
1/2 inch black pipe that is 4 inches (1)
1/2 floor flange (2)
1/2 inch black cap (1)
Black 1/2 Screws
Desired paint color for pipe if applicable
1. Cut all three boards down to 44 inches
2. Take the 1×4 board and mark the centerline. Using either using a forster bit, hole saw or a spade bit, drill out a 5/8 hole at the very edge of the center line. You will see in the photo below how the hole is just at the edge +/-.
This will be for your center pipe that will be installed later.
3. If you don’t have any of these hole making tools, you could either ask someone who does and borrow it or better yet, have them drill it for you. You could also use a smaller pipe which will then just sit on the top of the bottom 1×4 piece.
4. If you have a pocket hole jig:
Join together the 1×8 and 1×4 with pocket screws and glue. This is the pocket jig we have
If you don’t have a pocket hole jig:
You can use 1 1/2” to 2” long screws along with glue to attach the two pieces together from the back. (Building tip: Make sure to pre drill and screw boards together before adding the glue. This will make things a little easier when lining the two pieces together.)
5. If you have a Brad Nailer:
Attach the 1×2 in the front. Line up your edges and set into place. Add some glue and brad nail the 1×2 to the 1×4 creating a lip that stops the books from sliding out from the bottom.
If you don’t have a Brad Nailer:
You can drill small holes in the 1×2, then lining up the boards, add some glue and hammer small nails to attach it to the 1×4.
Now that the main bookshelf is built, it’s time to add a little character to it!
Black Pipe Railing
6. You will want to clean the pipes before installing. We used mineral sprints cleaner to clean the pipes thoroughly. Cleaning the grease and oils off is necessary so that the pipes will take paint.
7. You will take the T connecter and thread the two 18” black pipe on each side and then the 4 1/2” black pipe to the bottom.
8. Then take the 90 degree elbows to each end, followed by adding the 2 1/2” pipes. Finally finish it by by adding the floor flanges.
9. Once you have all the pieces put together, you will twist the pipes so that the flange ends will attach to the 1×8 back board and the 4 1/2” pipe will go down the hole you drilled in the 1×4 board earlier.
10. You can set the pipe floor flanges roughly 1” on each side and 1 1/4” down from the top of the back board. Then screw to the 1×8 board using 1/2” to 3/4” black screws. Screw on the black cap to the bottom pipe to finish.
Optional: You can finish the project by painting the black pipe and then staining the wood to your desired color.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will help you in any way I can. 🙂
From my home sweet home to yours,