Boomerracks is a social enterprise in St. Louis, Missouri that seeks to engage young entrepreneurs in an effort to sustain local youth mentoring programs. Boomerracks has invested it's attention into the youth of the St. Louis area by encouraging the use of their talents in the construction of "green", useful and fun bike rack structures.
Boomerracks combines existing bike parts with Kee Klamp pipe fittings to create unique bike racks that stand out on the urban landscape. The program places an emphasis on the reuse and recycling of existing materials -- "giving new life to what would otherwise become waste".
Kids in the Boomerracks program get the opportunity to build several vital skills:
- They work with their hands and grow in their mechanical abilities.
- They use their creativity to imagine new structures around the brand of the business they're working with.
- They develop business skills by interacting with local business owners to develop a structure that makes sense for their company.
The list goes on!
Boomerracks is a part of St. Louis ArtWorks, an organization that collaborates with the community to provide work experience through youth apprenticeships.
Simplified Building is thrilled to work with St. Louis ArtWorks to provide the necessary fittings to build many of these outstanding structures. Each one is unique in it's own right and yet combines common, reusable elements to make construction and installation as simple as possible.
Kee Klamp plays a critical role in each bike rack, connecting pipes and parts together without the necessity of welding. Each fitting is mechanically fastened, reducing the need for welding equipment. This also ensures that more kids can safely participate in the construction of every bike rack.
Learn more about building with Kee Klamp by browsing our projects or contacting our team. Connect with Boomerracks through their website.
The results are in from our best customer project of 2013 contest and we have some winners to announce. I think when it comes to projects, it's pretty clear that desks are a big winner. Building desks with Kee Klamp and pipe has been something our customers have been doing ever since we went online in 2006. Building desks is still hotter than ever, so hot that we've tried to make it simple with our Simple Table kits. Well, without further ado...
Winner: John Urban's Rolling Pipe Table with Antiqued Metal Effect
John's creative application of both fittings, pipe, paint and an old desktop from a university made this project the clear winner. His desk got 77 votes! You can see John's complete project here and find out what he did to make the pipe and fittings look so awesome! John has already been contacted and with his $100 reward he hopes to build a set of tables using cable spools. Watch out, he may be looking for the win next year as well! Go John!
Runner Up: Zach Griggs - Wall Mounted Desk
Zach's wall mounted desk is pure simplicity. There's nothing like using existing structures to make building more efficient. He used some aluminum fittings and pipe to create an elegant angle bracket for a pine desktop from IKEA. Zach got a $50 gift certificate for coming in second.
The Rest of the Top 10
Through Art du Deplacement (Parkour) and MovNat, Urban Movement teaches people how to move. Urban Movement is located in Houston, Texas and has constructed these obstacles made from Kee Klamp fittings. These obstacles provide a context for their indoor training. The folks at Urban Movement did an amazing job combining the fittings to create a truely unique structure.
Bruce, from Georgia, set out to build a custom desk for his wife's craft room. He tapped into Kee Klamp fittings to form an open base for the desk. The openness of the structure allowed him to place other cabinets underneath the desk to help his wife store the bits and pieces needed for crafting.
Jeff used a fairly straight forward design for the desk, including an extra bar at the bottom of the desk to put his feet on while sitting or standing. He was able to order pipe so that the desk would fit his working height perfectly.
Justin, from Oklahoma City, built this beautiful kitchen island/food cart for his wife. Here is his story on how he did it.
Console tables are great for holding lamps or other small decorative items next to a wall. Bob from Morristown, New Jersey built himself a console table with some reclaimed wood and industrial pipes.
We were lucky to find Kee Klamp fittings from Simplified Building. The Kee Klamps solved all types of joints needed in greenhouses, were very easy to assemble and disassemble, and provided enough structural strength and rust durability.
This beautifully designed DIY coffee table was built by Keren, one of our customers from Texas. She brought together Kee Klamp fittings, aged metal and dark stained oak boards into a stellar combination that offers both form and function. The metal base of the coffee table is constructed with Kee Klamp pipe fittings and galvanized metal pipe.
When it comes to home brewing your own beer, some people get serious! Michael, from Philly, sent us this picture of his home brew structure built out of Kee Lite pipe fittings. The structure has a place for burners to boil and prepare the mash and wort. The brew then flows to the cooler to bring the tempreture down to prepare for fermentation.
All of the customer projects that we post on the site are great examples of what happens when you combine creativity with Kee Klamp fittings. We look forward to seeing what you'll build in 2014!
Making memorials is an important part of being a human being. We make structures and objects that help remind us of the past; a reminder on a sunny day that a storm proceeded this time. Hurricane Sandy whirled into the lives of millions of people in October of 2012. The catastrophic effects of the storm will linger for years to come. One of the unique aspects of our humanity is the desire to turn the catastrophic into something beautiful. Art projects such as heartwalk have turned up all over the country inviting people to remember that beauty can emerge from ashes.
Tables are an everyday part of our life. They support our work, our food, and just about anything else we can accumulate in our homes. The roll that tables play in meals is especially important. How great would it be if you could use a common, everyday structure like a table to memorialize a significant event. That's exactly what Andy de Lannoy did when he constructed a table made with reclaimed boardwalk left over from Hurricane Sandy.
Andy's table has a depth of character and makes a common object into an object of discussion and remembrance. Andy made the table by bonding several planks of reclaimed boardwalk together. He finished the table with a high gloss varnish. The table is supported by a base made from Kee Klamp and pipe. The pipe base was painted black and then attached to special casters that go into the pipe.
Andy came to Simplified Building because he was looking for a way to support his custom table top. He found many of the other table projects on our site and decided to create his own pipe base for the table using Kee Klamp.
Adding a base to a custom table top is now even easier with our Simple Table kits. These kits are available in several styles and provide you with everything you need to support a custom table top. Here are some ideas for desktops that could be used to memorialize an event, person, or place.
- Turn a door from an old property into a table. What a great way to memorialize a childhood home or some other place of significance. Cover the door with a piece of tempered glass to provide a smooth working surface over the top.
- Use reclaimed wood from a favorite place that you've visited. Barn board is available from old farms. We know a guy who built a table using old bowling alley wood as the tabletop.
- Connect with an old university or college to see if they have any material that they are getting rid of. Like this desk
- from John Urban, building a desk can be a great way to memorialize those college days.
Even if you don't have anything to memorialize right now, building a desk on a base of pipe and fittings will ensure that it will last for generations! Passing down a table that you built with it's own unique character will mean so much more than a piece of particleboard junk from Walmart!
Inspired and just need a little bit of assistance? Tap into our projects team here at Simplified. Our helpful staff will help you find the parts you need to build the perfect table.
X marks the spot... of the next meeting! This modern conference table was designed and built by Kyle from Kansas. He was tasked with finding a new conference table for the organization and ended up on our site looking at this DIY conference table. From there, he let his imagination go and ended up with this latest addition to the pipe table gallery.
Kyle had this to say about his table and his experience with Simplified Building:
I was given the task to find a conference table for the company that I work at. After looking at numerous websites that offered large conference tables made of particle board for thousands of dollars, I decided to build a custom conference table using 1.5" steel pipe, 3/8" thick tempered glass and your galvanized steel Kee Klamps. The table top is 14' long and 4' wide. The Kee Klamps worked excellent and the final product is much better looking than the tables available online (and much cheaper too!). The boss likes it because nobody can play on their phones under the table during company meetings; thanks to Simplified Building for excellent products and great customer service!
Sounds like everyone was happy on this project. Custom design, less expensive than the cost of a prefabricated table and the glass top is a great feature for the boss! We love a win-win-win.
Kyle's project shows us just how creative you can get with Kee Klamp fittings. Top that off with the fact that our projects team is here to help you navigate any obstacles you have in your design process, and you've got a great combination.
Parts Needed to Build this Table
Part of the beauty of Kyle's design is it's absolute simplicity. There are only two different fittings that are used in the project:
63-8 Angle Base Flanges are used to support the table top and stabilize the legs of the table against the floor.
40-8 Four Socket Crosses are used at the center of the X and support the center beam of the table.
The rest of the table is the 1-1/2" pipe and the tempered glass top.
If you've been inspired to build your own conference table, don't worry, you're not alone! Reach out to our projects team for design assistance and helpful advice.
A door handle can seem so plain, but it doesn't have to be! Why not add industrial quality to your apartment or business by building a beefy industrial pipe handle to open and close the door. That's exactly what you will see in the projects below.
Some of these projects use Kee Klamp fittings. Kee Klamp fittings are slip-on fittings that use a set-screw to clamp down on the pipe. No threading or welding is required! Other pipe fittings are threaded and need to be twisted into the precise location. Threaded fittings are cheaper, but they are harder to adjust.
Whichever type of pipe fitting you use, pipe door handles will give your entryway a robust modern feel.
Angled Crash Bar
These rounded door handles use Type 15 Kee Klamp Elbow fittings to round off the edges and connect to a pipe in the door. These can be found on the entry way to the Esquire office in Tokyo. Get more details on this door handle in this article that features several pieces of industrial office furniture in the Esquire office.
Vertical Aluminum Barn Door Handle
Both of these doors were designed by Channing Glover, a home designer who loves working with Kee Lite aluminum fittings. Both of these doors have a simple arrangement that utilizes aluminum pipe as a pull bar for a floating barn door. This arrangement works well both indoors and out and can be seen in many of Channing's projects that are posted on this site.
These barn door handles use two L70 rail flanges and two L84 pipe caps along with a piece of aluminum pipe.
Steel Cabinet Door or Dresser Drawer Handles
These cabinet handles are very similar to Channing's design, only they use steel fittings and pipe. Here the Type 70 Kee Klamp is used with Type 84 plugs and a piece of steel pipe to create a bold handle for storage cabinets.
via this site in the Netherlands
These dresser drawer handles use the same idea as well, forgoing the pipe caps for an even more industrial look.
via inspiritdeco on Etsy
Threaded Pipe Handle
This door uses threaded plumbing pipe to make a bold statement. The contrast between the wooden door and the steel pipe creates a great affect.
via Ripe Green Ideas
Threaded Pipe Drawer Pulls
On the smaller side of things, this concept extends the threaded pipe handle to the drawer. Kristi went for a more decorative route by showing you how to paint the pipe, adding elegance to the industrial theme.
Whether big or small, pipe is a great choice for making a handle for a door, drawer or cabinet. If you're looking for an industrial look, nothing beats a solid piece of pipe!