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Pipe-Theme Bookends

These bookends require few tools and less than $20 in materials before finishing.

Pipe-theme bookends on a shelf

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Finishing supplies listed separately
  • Square
  • Clamps
  • Crafts or utility knife
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Wood glue


  • (See separate stories for wood and metal finishing supplies and tools.)
  • 1 x 6 x 48 select pine board, #1156
  • 2 - 1-in galvanized 90-degree elbows, #21990
  • Loctite Power Grab adhesive, #388031

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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For tools, materials, and instructions to finish the wood and pipe elbows, see the separate stories on applying decorative wood finishes and applying metal finishes.

Step 1

From the 1 x 6, cut two pieces 4-1/2 inches long and two pieces 5-3/4 inches long. (If you don’t have a suitable saw, ask a Lowe’s associate to make the cuts.) Sand each piece smooth.

Step 2

Place a bead of wood glue on one end of a 4-1/2-inch board. Clamp the glued end to the face of the 5-3/4-inch board so the face and end are flush. Check that they meet at a 90-degree angle and repeat for the second pair of boards.

Step 3

Trace elbow ends on the tape

On the inside corner of each bookend, place painter’s tape where the ends of the elbow will touch the wood. With the elbow centered on the bookend, trace around both ends of the elbow on the tape.

Step 4

Remove excess tape around circle

Use a crafts or utility knife to cut each circle on the inside edge of the marked lines. Remove the excess tape around the circle and press the circle edges flat against the wood with your fingernail.

Step 5

Apply a wood finish of your choice to the bookends. The aged stained wood finish is shown here. Then tape over the rims of the elbows where they will touch the wood, and finish the galvanized elbows -- a steel pipe finish is shown. Remove the tape from the wood and elbows after the final coat.

Step 6

Tape the elbow to the bookend

Apply construction adhesive about 1/8 inch inside the edges of the unfinished circles and position an elbow on the circles. Tape the elbow to the wood until the adhesive cures. Repeat for the other bookend. Allow the finishes and adhesive to dry overnight before using. Estimated cost: $17 unfinished, $64 with finishes shown.