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We are experiencing shipping delays due to the winter storms affecting Buffalo, NY -- Read More. Thank you for your patience.
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The Weather Outside is Frightful

As I'm sure you've already heard the Buffalo area is recieving record snowfalls.

This is a picture of the warehouse in Buffalo, NY taken on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014:

 

Unfortunately, this is our main distribution hub for all of the United States and we have not been able to ship any orders since Monday. We are very sorry about the delays, but at this point there is nothing that can be done. We are waiting for the roads to be cleared and for the travel bans to be lifted.

We appreciate your patience as we try to recover from this devistating storm. We will be working overtime on Saturday to try and ship as much as we can.

The pictures are amazing. Here are a few if you haven't seen them already.

 

welcome to Buffalo ⛄ not even winter yet and they just got 70 inches. diablo.

A photo posted by Erick Moreno (@red_and_butter) on

I seriously would love to have snow like this. #Buffalo 😍

A photo posted by Haley Petrick (@rangahayhay) on

#route5 #southbuffalo #lakeeffect #buffalony #snowshoeing

A photo posted by Wander-Discover 🌍🌎🌏 (@duanelewis) on

What an adventure this has been. #buffalove #snowvember #southbuffalo

A photo posted by Kristy (@heykristyjo) on

He sure did.... #buffalo #storm #winter #frozen #icebucketchallenge #god #ny #state

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What Will You Build? - Rochester Maker Faire

What Will You Build - Rochester Maker Faire

The Rochester area is hosting its first ever Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014. Simplified Building is excited to be a part of the maker movement right in our own backyard.

Initial interest is telling us that it's going to be a huge event.

Give us a shout out on twitter and tell us you're coming. #simplifiedbuilding

Simplified Building got involved with the very first Maker Faire in San Mateo, California back in 2006. We supplied the "Maker Table" which was a unique table for Makers to place their projects on. This was one of the first big opportunities for Simplified Building and it tied our story together with the Maker movement.

Simplified Building is coming to the Rochester event in a major way.

What Will You Build? Interactive Exhibit

Think "Tinker Toys™ for Big Boys". We'll be bringing a lot of Kee Klamp fittings and pipe so that you can get hands on. Build from a couple of simple plans, or opt for a free build. Kids and adults will have an opportunity to experiment with our unique building system.

Take a Ride on the See-Saw

We'll be bringing a massive see-saw built from Kee Klamp components. Keep an eye on our Facebook feed and I'm sure you'll see some pictures as the project comes together in the next couple of weeks.

Meet the Team

This will be an opportunity to meet the entire Simplified Building team in person. They are excited to get to know you and what you would like to build in the future. Our staff will be on hand to help you get a better understanding of how you can build something great with Kee Klamp fittings.

Enter our Raffle for Simplified Notebooks and T-shirts

We'll be giving away a bunch of Simplified T-shirts and notebooks (the paper kind). Be sure to visit us in our booth and sign up to be included in our raffle.

Looking forward to seeing you. Come say hi, we'll be in booth 71.

Industrial Apartment Upgrade - Pipe Desk, Coffee Table and Bed

Industrial Apartment Upgrade - Pipe Furniture

Industrial pipe furniture is a quick way to bring a modern feel to any environment. Building your own furniture is a way to cut down the cost, while achieving a distinctive look. Some people are opting to build pipe furniture with threaded fittings. While the threaded connections are cheap, they are hard to adjust, are not always "square" and are generally just difficult to work with. An alternative to plumbing fixtures are Kee Klamp pipe fittings. Kee Klamp fittings use a set screw locking mechanism which allows you to create pipe structures with relatively little effort. The fittings allow you to quickly assemble your project and are easy to adjust once installed.

One of our customers, Gabe Diaz, decided to take the plunge and upgrade his apartment with pipe furniture. He opted to use our galvanized Kee Klamp fittings. Below are the items he built to outfit his apartment.

Gabe got started in this project by building a standing desk. He liked building with Kee Klamp so much, that he expanded his project to include a coffee table and a bed frame. Gabe was able to build everything to his exact specification with very little effort.

The Standing Desk

Gabe Diaz Industrial Standing Desk

Gabe had something pretty specific in mind when he contacted our projects team about his desk. We were able to help him work through the design process and even created a SketchUp diagram to help him visualize the desk.

Gabe's standing desk has three different levels. The middle level on the right is the working surface. The tall surface boosts the height of an additional monitor. The lowest shelf can serve as storage for printers, routers and various other office items. The usage of pipe and fittings in this design are fairly economic. Here's a list of the parts that he used:

One of the more interesting parts about this desk is the way that it joins the cross members with angled fittings. The two 10-6s attach to the legs and then the 29-6s allow the cross members to come together.

Joining the cross members with angled fittings

The bottom shelf sets on top of all the fittings and has six points of contact. It is held in place by gravity.

See more pipe desks.

The Coffee Table

Coffee Table - Full

Gabe extended the industrial pipe theme into his apartment by building this pipe coffee table. He built the table top from rustic boards and attached them so that they appear to float. The second level of the coffee table is used to support the top and could be turned into a secondary shelf of it's own.

As an alternative, Gabe could have used M50s to connect the table top to the frame.

Pipe Coffee Table - Half

Pipe Coffee Table - Leg

Parts for the coffee table:

See more pipe tables.

The Bed

Pipe Bed

We were so excited that Gabe was building this furniture that we actually sent him a bed skirt for his new bed. This third piece pulled the pipe theme into the bed room. Pipe is great for building bed frames for a couple of reasons:

  • They're very easy to assemble and you can customize it to your liking.
  • They are easy to break down and transport.
  • They are durable so they won't get busted up in a move.
  • Best of all....they look awesome!

Pipe Bed - Headboard

Pipe Bed - Leg

Parts for the bed:

See more pipe beds.

If you've been inspired by Gabe's furniture check out the additional pipe furniture below.

7 Great Customer Desk Projects

Seven Great Customer Desks

In case you missed it, last week was Desk Week! We posted seven great customer desk projects. These desks will inspire you to build your own.

Reclaimed Wood Pipe Desk with Side Shelves

Reclaimed Wood Pipe Desk with Side Shelves

This was a new home office desk. Linda wanted to build a reclaimed wood pipe desk with shelving on the side. Using reclaimed wood creates an industrial chic look that is difficult to match.

Rolling Recording Desk with Microphone Stand

Rolling Recording Desk with Microphone Stand

Britton built a portable studio desk that was designed to support recording equipment. Probably the most unique feature of this desk (something we've never seen before) is the microphone support that extends from the side of the desk.

Wood Paneled Industrial Pipe Desk

Wood Paneled Industrial Pipe Desk

One thing that stands out on this desk is the attention to detail. The computer shelf and cord management really make this desk look great. The use of the wood paneling pulls the room together and also hides the electronic clutter.

Natural Raw Edge Desktop on Black Pipe Base

Natural Raw Edge Desktop on Black Pipe Base

Randy used a raw edge slab from the Sierra mountains to build a beautiful custom desk. He used black pipe and fittings to support the desktop.

Pole Mounted Monitor Desk

Pole Mounted Monitor Desk

Adam took a standard Simple Table Rugged rolling kit and customized it with some additional pipe and fittings to support two large monitors and some speakers.

Easy to Build Barn Wood Desk

Easy to Build Barn Wood Desk

Andrew's desk has a lot of character, and the construction is fairly simple. Kee Klamp fittings make the pipe base construction a snap. Andrew also used a very straightforward method for joining the boards.

Information Systems Wrap Around Work Station

Information Systems Wrap Around Work Station

Brittany used the IKEA desktops that are readily available at most IKEA stores. She joined four of these desktops together to make a complete wrap around desk.

Information Systems Wrap Around Work Station [Desk Week]

Desk Week Information Systems Wrap Around Work Station

Desk Week - September is a time when people are thinking about work. We have a lot of customers who end up building desks to help them get their work done. We'll be featuring a series of desks this week to show you what some of our customers are doing with Kee Klamp fittings and pipe.

Created By

Brittany D.

Purpose

Create a wrap around workstation with plenty of desktop space and under desk storage.

Features

Brittany used the IKEA desktops that are readily available at most IKEA stores. She joined four of these desktops together to make a complete wrap around desk.

Each desk is effectively independent.

Both workstations have ergonomic computer trays that are attached to the bottom of the desk.

She was able to specify the height of the desk so that a storage bin rack could fit perfectly underneath.

Thin metal panels were attached to the outside of the desk.

Building Tips

Brittany chose versatility by making each desk sit on it's own independent foundation. Each of these desks could be used separately in the future.

The metal modesty panels are a great addition to the desk. They can be used to hide the wires that are running underneath the desk.

Parts Used in this Desk

Instead of ordering different pieces and parts, Brittany used four Simple Table Basic kits.

Customer Quote

Thank you so much for your assistance with everything. Simplified Building really went above and beyond for me on this one and I truly appreciate it.

More Pictures

Information Systems Wrap Around Work Station

Information Systems Wrap Around Work Station

Information Systems Wrap Around Work Station

 

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