MAKE IT WITH METAL

Take sim­ple in­dus­trial pipes to the next level with a rock-star DIY pro­ject.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY VICTORIA VAN VLEAR

Use sim­ple in­dus­trial pipes to cre­ate this cus­tom shelv­ing unit, to house flea-mar­ket locker bas­kets or any col­lectibles you want to show­case.

If you want to broaden your DIY skills, look no fur­ther than the lowly in­dus­trial pipe. That’s just what James Angus did when he needed a stand to hold his fire­wood, and now, 15 years later, he has cre­ated a col­lec­tion of furniture and other pieces with the sim­ple hard­ware sup­ply. “There isn’t a room in our house that doesn’t have in­dus­trial pipe in some way,” he says. In his new book, DIY In­dus­trial Pipe Furniture and Dé­cor: Cre­ative Projects for Ev­ery Room of Your Home, he proves that pipe can be the rock star of your DIY projects. With this cus­tom shelf unit, you can house your col­lec­tion of flea mar­ket locker bas­kets or other col­lectibles you want to show­case.

Don’t have the time to search ev­ery an­tique mall in your area for a dozen of th­ese old locker bas­kets?

Try look­ing on­line on eBay, Etsy and Craigslist. There are plenty to be had. Ex­pect to pay any­where from $15 to $30 for each, plus ship­ping. New bas­kets, sim­i­lar to the old-school ver­sion, can be found at the Con­tainer Store, Tar­get and even Crate & Bar­rel.

Locker Bas­ket Dresser

Skill Level: In­ter­me­di­ate

Time: About 2 hours, plus dry time

What You’ll Need:

Use ½-inch gal­va­nized pipe and fit­tings.

• 4 (1 x 14 x 56-inch) Aspen wood shelves • 6 gray-stained 7-inch pipes

• 12 unions

• 12 flanges

• ½-inch sil­ver screws

• 6 (8-inch) pipes

• 6 (9-inch) pipes

• 2 x 12 x 54-inch board

• 16 (1-inch) sil­ver lag screws

• 4 sil­ver swivel cast­ers

• 2-inch sil­ver screws

• 12 vin­tage metal locker bas­kets

• 12 sil­ver eye hooks

• Com­bi­na­tion locks

• Clean cot­ton rag

• Rub­ber gloves

• Tape mea­sure

• Pen­cil

• Cord­less drill with screw bit

• Hex socket bit

• 7/8-inch pad­dle bit

• Wood clamps

• 2 x 4s, for lever­age

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