How to Make a Wall-Mounted Shelving Unit from Copper Pipe



once a year Tampa Florida is overrun by the wild Buccaneers of the pirate ship josé Gaspar the Gasparilla festival of Mardi Gras like celebration dates back to 1904 but during today's house call here I should be perfectly safe from marauding pirates I'm on my way to the home of one of Tampa's finest meet Eric and Deanna moas now Eric owns a small business and Deanna is a veteran Tampa police officer their son Matthew is that only an older brother to baby Michael he's also of Lego enthusiasts and a little league baseball player with a huge cap collection today he and I are going to build some wall shelves in his bedroom that should accommodate both passions all right Matthew so what we got to put all these shelves man all the way around the room well not all the way around the room all around look painted points and walls I'm here over to here you ever use tools before never oh well yeah I have what about power saws no yeah would you like to try a power saw yeah they fray no okay you shake with me by the end of the day I'm gonna make a carpenter out of you okay but but you know I might drop the power show and I might cut me no I'm not I'm not gonna let that happen okay you with me all right guys now here's what I'm thinking about math you'll take a look at this we're gonna make your shelves up from some brackets just like this one right here see this it's kind of pretty shaping yeah and we're gonna make those out of this material this is called MDF medium density fiberboard all right we're gonna cut those out you're not gonna do that together and then for the shelves instead of putting solid shelves in here we're going to use pieces of copper pipe like this three on the top one down below so you can hang your hats and jackets on that sound good that'll work you like the looks of it okay all right Eric so this is gonna get attached to the wall if you don't mind I'm gonna send you and Mikey inside where it's warm and just start marking the wall studs for me about 18 inches down from the ceiling mark these one where we're gonna be putting the shelving okay then we're gonna get to work out here cutting out this bracket very good since we need to build a dozen or so identical brackets we're going to create a template for them using my scale drawing we apply a spray adhesive to the back of the drawing then press it in place along the edge of the MDF now this curved part right in here yeah now we're gonna cut this out we're gonna cut right through the paper all right now this is gonna be our master template with the bracket template clamped in the workbench Matthew removes the saw marks with a piece of sandpaper wrapped around a dowel now we're ready to cut the remaining brackets while I hold the template on top of another piece of MDF Matthew traces the outline okay Matthew saw that was done okay you ready to try this yourself all right here's the figure right here this red thing so get a hold of saw his hand up here keep it flat okay [Applause] now Matthew what a nice job yeah you're a little tense there right yeah you know the more you use this tool you know we've only got to do about 15 more of these well Deana gives Matthew a little break on the jigsaw while Eric uses a portable drill press to bore for holes through each bracket the drill press guarantees the holes will be perpendicular to the surface of the bracket now this is critical since the copper pipe must run straight through the first bracket will serve as the template for all the others assuring all the holes will be in alignment now we have to figure out a way to attach this to the wall and you have any piece of that wood what we're gonna do is take some of this material we're gonna cut it into short links we're going to mount it to the back of the bracket like this and then we'll bore through this and go into the wall Eric and Matthew cut the backer boards with a miter saw equipped with a stop block which allows them to cut each piece to exactly the same length without remeasuring each time so we've been making some good progress we got our bracket cut out holes board now we're about to attach this little plate on the back and Matthew let me get a living lesson here you said you know how to drill but you haven't actually done it before right that's the first time for you that's glasses on okay I give you some little marks right here I'm gonna put three holes through here here's a finger right here when I go straight down now nice and straight like there okay whenever you're ready now that was great this time put this hand up on here saying twist Allah more next we install a countersink bit that will create a cone-shaped hole allowing the screw heads to be recessed below the surface and eventually concealed after the brackets are attached to the wall I think we got a real woodworker in your son here I hope so next I clamp the bracket back side up in the workbench and apply a bead of glue then Matthew spreads evenly with a small brush now here's that backer board we Center the backer board on the bracket and Matt you drives in a couple of screws to attach the two together all right now look at this this is your first bracket right here Eric and Matthew move on to the bracket finishing stage with a can of spray paint well Matthew mastered the power tools but spray painting will require a bit more practice dad finishes the painting and we move back into the bedroom to lay out the shelves first we use a four-foot level to draw a straight and level line across the wall at the height of our shelves next I use a shorter 2 foot level to extend the stud marks Eric you earlier down to our shelf line finally with the brackets laid out in front of each stud we begin passing the copper pipe through the holes in each bracket okay now our next piece last piece actually okay good now so that's one show let's get ready to put this up on the wall guys now to put this up all we have to do is put that back or block over the stud the top of it at the 18 inch line that we drew earlier this is a two and a half inch screw long enough to go through the wall board and into the stud now you can really see how those countersink holes keep the screw heads beneath the surface now to join the ends of these pipes together right here in the corner we're gonna use one of these 90 degree elbows this is a common copper pipe fitting so Eric if you'd slip these on put on one end and slide the other end in next we cut off the excess from each pipe using a pipe cutter this simple to use tool is especially handy and hard-to-reach places like this it snaps over the pipe and a cutting wheel inside slices through as the cutter is rotated finally we install copper caps on the ends of the pipes and our shelves are complete there's a long day buddy wasn't it you're tired boss yeah you get a good job though what's your favorite tool screwdriver the electric screwdriver the drill yeah I did a good job with all of them you happy with the shelves long got an idea for you though I had such a good time working with you I think we should build one of these for your brother Mikey what do you say wow yeah I'll come back sometime we'll do it right maybe when he's for Lenny's for well these shells are a handsome alternative to more conventional wooden ones and are perfect for a boys room you know if today is any indication I have a feeling Matthew is going to grow up to be a pretty handy guy with plenty of his own unique ideas

5 Comments

  • LD TAB

    April 15, 2019

    Excellent work Ron. I enjoyed your video. Very handy. Make more videos. Thanks.

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  • Cup & Cone

    April 15, 2019

    1/2" copper pipe is about $15/10ft at home center… 1/2" MDF is about $25 for sheet. So about $100 in today's money for this size project.

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  • Edmund Mendez

    April 15, 2019

    Please make new videos, Ron

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  • StuffUCanMake

    April 15, 2019

    Great video. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Howard James

    April 15, 2019

    This is an old ass video, that Bugs Bunny and Tazz picture is from the early 90s and the video was filmed in a 8mm camera. 50 bucks my ass

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