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Offline Greendave

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Metal Rod Supports for a bookcase
« on: October 05, 2016, 06:34 PM »
Hi all, i've been given the task of making a bookshelf on wheels like the one shown in the picture. Any ideas where I can find the metal rod supports that go across the back? It would help if I knew the proper name i guess. An252026-0y help would be appreciated!
thanks

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Offline Svar

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Re: Metal Rod Supports for a bookcase
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2016, 06:40 PM »
Other than a local metal fabrication shop, e-bay is the cheapest, plenty of metal stores there. Look for "steel round bar".
http://www.ebay.com/itm/COLD-ROLL-STEEL-ROUND-BAR-1018-1-2-x-48-NEW-PRIME-/310345363403?hash=item4842066fcb:g:wbIAAMXQWzNSoKtS

However, consider steel round tube instead. I think this is how the shelf on your picture is made. Tap the ends on the inside and connect to the shelf posts with through bolts.
For example 1/2" DOM steel tube:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/DOM-STEEL-ROUND-TUBE-1-2-X-120-X-72-/310407728908?hash=item4845be0f0c
Ideal size to tap 5/16 thread for the end bolts.
« Last Edit: October 05, 2016, 10:02 PM by Svar »

Offline neilc

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Re: Metal Rod Supports for a bookcase
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2016, 06:46 PM »
You could get a couple of pieces of all-thread and join them with a coupler like this - http://www.mcmaster.com/#hex-coupling-nuts/=14gxb4l

Alternatively, McMaster sells unthreaded rods as well in lots of sizes.  Here's an example in 3/8" size in steel.  I believe they also stock in aluminum.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#8893k239/=14gxbro

Offline Dovetail65

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Re: Metal Rod Supports for a bookcase
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2016, 07:46 PM »
If you want a shiny silver you can get 3/4" structural steel pipe from Lowes that will look gorgeous. Its a schedule 30 pipe and is used to make book shelves, fences or anything a person can think of. You can get it in 2,3 4 5 7 and and 10 foot sections. It has fittings that go with it that use an Allen wrench  I am making a really nice plywood lumber rack using the 1 1/4" version that can hold over 8000 lbs.

Or you could use simple EMT conduit , but it not super strong.


You probably don't need the fittings, but they are really nice and super strong, each Allen wrench screw is good to 2000lbs weight:

http://www.lowes.com/pl/Structural-pipe-fittings-Structural-hardware-Hardware/4294506723

Here is 3/4" the pipe:

https://m.lowes.com/pd/B-K-3-4-in-x-72-in-Galvanized-Steel-Structural-Pipe/1000057731

Go to lowes and take a look at it, it's paintable. You can cut it with a band saw or hack saw. I use a Dry Cut low speed metal cutting miter saw with a carbide blade, but you can use the high speed disc blade type as well.





« Last Edit: October 05, 2016, 07:51 PM by Dovetail65 »
The one who says it can't be done should avoid interrupting the person doing it.

Offline Hneuwirth

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Re: Metal Rod Supports for a bookcase
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2016, 09:35 PM »
Simplest would be to use 80/20 for the supports and casters. Check out 8020.net


Offline Greendave

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Re: Metal Rod Supports for a bookcase
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2016, 04:15 AM »
Other than a local metal fabrication shop, e-bay is the cheapest, plenty of metal stores there. Look for "steel round bar".
http://www.ebay.com/itm/COLD-ROLL-STEEL-ROUND-BAR-1018-1-2-x-48-NEW-PRIME-/310345363403?hash=item4842066fcb:g:wbIAAMXQWzNSoKtS

However, consider steel round tube instead. I think this is how the shelf on your picture is made. Tap the ends on the inside and connect to the shelf posts with through bolts.
For example 1/2" DOM steel tube:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/DOM-STEEL-ROUND-TUBE-1-2-X-120-X-72-/310407728908?hash=item4845be0f0c
Ideal size to tap 5/16 thread for the end bolts.

Thanks everyone, should have mentioned that i'm in the UK so a lot of these aren't suitable but searching for 'steel round bar' is helpful.