Many things we’ve made from the plumbers pipe and perfectly so because DIY and handy crafts are made easy by these kinds of materials since they serve as a ‘building blocks’ and provide versatility in design. They come in diverse lengths and dimensions to suit almost any project. Mcelano and his wife settled for black plumber’s pipe because they wanted an Industrial feel to it all.
Here’s the couple’s creation which was well in line with what they intended and solved all the problems that accompanied their newly found passion:
As we mentioned and can be seen pipes make up the second major component of the project, but who says they’ve got to be new! To save on cost the couple settled for used pipes;
Since we went the cheapest route possible – ordering the pipes at Supply House.com – we ended up with filthy blackish pipes. My wife and I cleaned the pipes up using mineral spirits and paper towels. You can see the before/after by looking at the pipes in the top left – the very top 4 8″ pipes were already cleaned, and the 4 below it were not. The end result were pipes that were more gray in color than black, and the finish is very uneven. I thought the uneven finish would go well with the distressed wood, so we decided not to paint them black.
In total, the following pipe fittings were used for the cart:
– 20 flanges – (4) 12″ pipes – (4) 10″ pipes – (8) 8″ pipes – (4) 3″ pipes – (4) 90 degree elbows – 4 tee connectors All pipes are 1/2″ diameter.
Now to the wood:
We were planning on building a cart with shelf dimensions of 18″ x 36″. So we chose to start off with (3) 10-foot 2x6s of pine from Home Depot. Each board could be cut and assembled into a shelf. We found three that were straight (enough) for the job. The majority of the prep work took place at my parents house since they had the right tools and the proper workspace.
The cart is made portable with the addition of wheels after the boards are polished and ‘aged’. Four casters are attached, two each of the swivel and fixed types:
Here’s a view from the side after the parts are assembled:
A truly fine job done here. To see the full build process including the challenges they faced and lessons learned, visit Mcelano’s post on imgur. Interested in more pipe projects? See this cool pipe furniture project we’ve got.