DIY Industrial Pipe Shelves

As part of our Star Wars nursery, we decided to DIY some industrial pipe shelves because they look like they might have been made from pieces of an old spaceship. They are also very sturdy and strong. And since our little boy likes to climb, that was an important feature.
With all that galvanized pipe, these are heavy shelves. I didn’t want to put the whole thing together and then try to attach it to the wall while holding it up. I wanted to put it up in pieces. To do that, I had to measure the whole thing first so it would fit correctly on the wall.
I drew a 32-inch line on the wall 50 inches down from the ceiling. I used a level to make sure the line was straight. I attached the first two flanges, lining up the center of the flange with the end of the pencil line.
The vertical (12-inch) pipe is 10 inches away from the wall, so I marked the shelf at 10 inches from the back and 2 inches from the sides. I drilled a 1-inch hole, which is large enough for the pipe to fit through, but not large enough for the elbow to go through.
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