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Black Iron Pipe Bar Top and Shelves for Beer Storage

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Finished product first

Finished product first

We aren’t alcoholics, I swear. We just like craft beer. We did this wall in phases and I didn’t think about putting on r/DIY until the end. We had already painted the wall with chalkboard paint and put together the upper shelves. The shelves are just cheap pine board from Home Depot that happened to be the perfect size.

72" x 20" x 2" pine slab

72″ x 20″ x 2″ pine slab

My girlfriend picked this up in at a lumber yard for cheap. You can see some of the burls she got from the same lumber yard’s burn pile on the table behind it. Another project she has in mind.

Sanded smooth, stained and a few coats of poly.

Black iron pipe assembly.

Black iron pipe assembly.

We used 1″ pipe for the bar top and 3/4″ for the shelves. We cleaned all the parts thoroughly with just plain dish soap and water. Supplyhouse.com has all the fittings for less than half of the big box stores. Black iron pipe is a pain to work with because it is so imprecise. The slab also varies in width so everything had to be near perfect. I basically had to tighten everything by hand to make sure it fit. Some of the sections had to be pounded on the floor to get perfect aligned. The pipe assembly was attached with 1.5″ drywall screws. They are black already and matched the pipe and wall.

Detailed live edge

Detailed live edge

We used a spoke shave to get the big hunks of bark off but still left some of the character on it.

Detailed view of top

Detailed view of top

We both love pine because of all the knots and visible grain.

Another shot of the finished product.

Another shot of the finished product.

The brackets on the side look a little off kilter but that is just the camera angle. Everything is pretty level and square. We used vertical 2×4 braces to prop up the bar top while we dry fit the brackets and marked where we would need holes. Then we moved it off the wall and used a combination of heavy duty anchors and cabinet screws into studs when applicable. It is very sturdy.

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