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How to make an outdoor shelf

Create a handy storage unit for your garden or home with a striking combination of wood and metal.


Hard labour 3/10

Skill level 4/10

Time needed 3 hours

You will need:

• Assorted galvanised pipe fittings: 4 x end caps, 4 x elbows, 6 x 300mm stand pipes (threaded on both ends)

• 4 x 6mm Rawlbolts

• Planks of your chosen width and length

• Sandpaper

• Wood filler

• Paint

• Paintbrush

• Drill and concrete drill bit

• 3mm + 6mm drill bits

• Spirit level

• 10mm socket (to fix Rawlbolts)

• Pencil

• Measuring tape

• Vice

Here’s how to do it

Step 1 – Marking the caps

Using a sharp pencil, mark the centre of the caps

Step 2 – Drill through the caps

Drill the end caps by securing it in a vice and begin with a 3mm drill bit then change to the 6mm drill bit.

Step 3 – Measure and level

Using a spirit level, mark the wall where the top two end caps will be and drill holes for the Rawlbolts.

Step 4 – Secure the caps to the wall

Secure the end caps to the wall with the Rawlbolts. Make two shelf supports by joining three stand pipes with two elbows in-between. Turn the top pipe of each support into an end cap.

Step 5 – Install the pipes  

Mark the bottom two caps and drill and fix them with Rawlbolts as for the top end caps, but leave them a little bit loose as you will need a bit of leeway when you turn the end cap into the bottom pipe.

Step 6 – Final touches

Now install the shelves.

















*Referenced from Gallo Images / Home Magazine 

Galvanised Pipes & Fittings


Tools & Protective Wear

Drill Bits