Here’s this past weekend’s project. It is a gas pipe and pine wood 2″ x 10″ bookcase that is 4 foot wide. It allows 8 foot of storage floor to ceiling. It was about $300 USD in materials, but it is 250% bigger than the case I was looking to replace so it still was less than purchasing the equivalent shelf space in new book cases. Here we see my inpatients as the shelves are still wet and the pipes (while scrubbed clean) have yet to be coated. I plan on using clear spray paint since I prefer the metal gray to the black color recommended by many D.I.Y. sites.
A flange and a small pipe nipple act as the feet. with a 2″ threaded pipe nipple in the wood hole. A connector is screwed in place at both sides of the 2″ nipple. By the time the 12″ pipe and top and bottom connectors are added, there is about a 14″ clearance. At the second shelf from the bottom, I used a tee split connector allowing me to attach the lower portion to the wall. Two flanges and a short pipe attach to a 1″x4″ which allows me to screw the board into wall studs at whatever locations are necessary. I used the same method at the top.
Well, it took a month to get the cage lights from China, but they finally arrived. Two 60 watt LED bulbs brighten the entire room.