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In our January issue I worked on a furniture story that was based on a piece (above) that I made  about 10 years ago.  Because space is such an issue in most New York apartments I wanted a shelving/organizing unit that I could customize and also afford.  I bought the bins and magazine files from Ikea and then designed a shelving unit to fit them out of  plumbing pipes, pipe flanges and plywood.  Over the years I have changed the proportions of the piece - at one point it had 4 shelves and at another it was a bit shorter.  In its different configurations I replaced the wood but was able to re-use the pipes and flanges.  We expanded on the basic idea for the story and also created a desk, bench and side tables.   There are detailed instructions as well as an assembly plan available for each project -  the construction is quite simple making it easy to adjust to your own specifications.

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This desk is constructed with black steel plumbing pipes, tees and flanges.  The pipes and tees and flanges are threaded - no glue is needed the pieces screw together.

 

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This bench is made from 3/4" copper pipe, tees and end caps - the joints are connected with a copper epoxy

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This bench is made from 1/2" copper pipe, tees and end caps - the joints are connected with a copper epoxy

 

 

 

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