Finished product first
Inspired by this bookshelf from Crate and Barrel
I spotted it in the store and loved it, until I saw the price tag: $1,499. (http://www.crateandbarrel.com/beckett-6-high-shelf/s528870) I was sure we could make something almost as nice for a fraction of the price.
We bought 2x10s from Home Depot, beat them up with various garage implements, and stained them with Minwax Ebony.
Each shelf was cut to 6′. We used an axe, various hammers, nails, a mouse sander, and even laid them over gravel and jumped on them, so they wouldn’t look quite so clean and new. I also used Minwax Pre Stain Wood Conditioner, because I had it laying around. I honestly don’t know how much difference it really makes, but I am really happy with how the stain came out.
Close up of our attempt at distressing the wood a bit
Next came pipe measuring and cutting. Endless cutting.
We used 3/4″ copper pipe. It was significantly cheaper to buy it in 10′ lengths.
Those little tube cutter tools work really well, definitely worth the price
Each individual cut didn’t take very long at all, there were just so many cuts to make
So many cuts
It became obvious that our initial design was not very structurally sound
We ended up going back and adding lots of cross pieces to the individual towers to keep them square and stable
The initial idea was two “freestanding” towers, just like the Crate and Barrel shelves, with the wood shelves connecting the two
Even with the shelves in place, it was pretty wobbly
Adding those two connecting pieces across the top and bottom made it really solid