Black Pipe Bookshelf | Build It | Ask This Old House

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Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva creates a shelf using black plumbing pipe and butcher block. (See shopping list, tools, and steps below.)
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Shopping List for How to Black Pipe Bookshelf:
– Butcher block [https://amzn.to/2MV3rch]
– Wipe-on polyurethane [https://amzn.to/2NR3VQ9]
– 3/4” black pipes [https://amzn.to/2LlgmlB]
– Spray-on lacquer [https://amzn.to/2I2JyMv]
– 3/4” black pipe couplings [https://amzn.to/2LlgmlB]
– 3/4” black pipe end caps [https://amzn.to/2LlgmlB
– 3/4” black pipe floor flange [https://amzn.to/2LlgmlB]

Tools for How to Black Pipe Bookshelf:
– Table saw [https://amzn.to/2MWlu1w]
– Hand plane [https://amzn.to/34qiAYI]
– Portable drill press [https://amzn.to/2ZV7NSU]
– Electric drill [https://amzn.to/2ZQS4nM]
– Wrenches [https://amzn.to/2MXef9T]

Steps for How to Black Pipe Bookshelf:
1. Use a table saw to rip the butcher block down the center.
2. Use the gauge block on the table saw to set your length and a crosscut guide to cut the butcher block to length.
3. Use a hand plane to ease out the edges.
4. Use a portable drill press to make holes in each corner of the butcher-block shelving pieces.
5. Sand down each piece of shelving.
6. For a finish, use a wipe-on polyurethane. Let it sit for about 3 hours, then put on a second coat.
7. Lightly sand down the black pipes to remove any residue.
8. Use spray-on lacquer to finish the pipes. Be sure to do this in an open area and use a mask.
9. With the pipes all dry, begin to assemble the shelf by placing the pipes through the holes on each side and tying them into the next piece using the couplings.
10. Snug up the connections with an open-end wrench.

About Build It:
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva, This Old House host Kevin O’Connor, and special guests including Jimmy DiResta, take you through step-by-step DIY projects in this popular video series. From end-tables to cutting boards to wine racks to chicken coops and more, learn how to build from the best pros in the game. Segments include mention of all tools and materials needed to get the job done.

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Homeowners have a virtual truckload of questions for us on smaller projects, and we’re ready to answer. Ask This Old House solves the steady stream of home improvement problems faced by our viewers—and we make house calls! Ask This Old House features some familiar faces from This Old House, including Kevin O’Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscape contractor Roger Cook.

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