MAKE IT WITH METAL
Take simple industrial pipes to the next level with a rock-star DIY project.
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
• Cordless drill with screw bit
• Hex socket bit
• 7/8-inch paddle bit
• Wood clamps
• 2 x 4s, for leverage