Zero Point Shelf

Zero Point Shelf - SketchUp

If putting holes in the wall was a game this shelf wouldn’t net you any points. The image above is a very rough SketchUp drawing of a shelf I am going to start building over the next couple of weeks. The concept of “clamping” shelving between the ceiling and floor isn’t original to me, in fact I’ve see several variations of the idea; this is just my variation. The point of this method of mounting shelves is – you get the shelf without the holes in your wall, the concept also lends itself to being placed where there is no wall (stud) support.

If you want it you can download the SketchUp file

Zero Point Shelf - Kee Klamp Flanges

First step is to remove the lip from the 9 flanges that will be used to support the shelves:

If you don’t want to remove the lip yourself Simplified Building will bore out the flanges for you (additional cost for each fitting).

The following action likely voids any guarantee or warranty the Kee Klamps have.

Zero Point Shelf - Kee Klamp Flange Lip

There probably are better ways to do this, but I used a metal hole saw to remove the majority of the lip and then a drill grinder to get the rest out:
Zero Point Shelf - Drill & Flange

The flanges were screwed down to the board to keep them secure during drilling:

Zero Point Shelf - Flange Secured and Awaiting Its Fate

Zero Point Shelf - This Makes Quite a Racket

The hole saw didn’t quite remove enough of the lip, so a grinder was used to get the rest out:

Zero Point Shelf - Grinding Away the Flange Lip


Zero Point Shelf - Flange Lip Gone

Testing the fit:

Zero Point Shelf - Testing the Fit

Cutting the pipe to length:

Zero Point Shelf - Testing the Fit

Zero Point Shelf - Testing the Fit

3 short pieces for the ceiling half of the clamp mechanism:


3 long pieces for shelf support and floor half of the clamp mechanism:

Zero Point Shelf - Galvanized Pipe

Taking the burs off the ends of the pipe:

Zero Point Shelf - Galvanized Pipe

3/8″ thread rod, bolts and washers for the clamp mechanism:

Zero Point Shelf - Clamp Parts
This is how I originally envisioned the clamp assembly, this later changes slightly:

Zero Point Shelf - Clamp Assembly

Making the holes in the shelves for the pipe to pass through:

Zero Point Shelf - Wood Shelf

Zero Point Shelf - Wood Shelf

Zero Point Shelf - Wood Shelf

Test Assembly:
Zero Point Shelf - Test Assembly

Zero Point Shelf - Test Assembly

Notice the change in the clamp assembly from the first picture? I decided that the pipe in the ceiling half of the clamp assembly wasn’t necessary:
Zero Point Shelf - Kee Klamp Clamp Assembly

Emily, the child labor my niece helping to sand the shelves before the application of polyurethane:
Zero Point Shelf - No Children Were Harmed During the Taking of This Photograph
Final assembly, I found the easiest way to assemble the shelf was to insert the pipe into the footer and slide on the flanges and shelves separately adding the header last.
I was sick out of my skull while doing this part, apologies for the lackluster photos.

Zero Point Shelf - Final Assembly

Zero Point Shelf - Final Assembly

Zero Point Shelf - Final Assembly

Zero Point Shelf - Final Assembly

Making everything level:
Zero Point Shelf - Making Everything Level

Zero Point Shelf - Kee Klamp Flange

The bottom shelf got a hole on either side to pass cables through:

Zero Point Shelf - Shelf Cable Passthrough

All done:

Zero Point Shelf - Super

This was an easy project, the hardest part of the build was drilling out the lip on the flanges; so Kee Klamp take note and make flanges that allow the pipe to pass through Simplified Building will do this for you. Admittedly, I was worried as to how well this shelf would work (even though I’ve seen similar shelves before) but the shelf turned out to be very stable. Even though it’s placed against a wall here I don’t think there would be any issues if it wasn’t.

Project parts:


  • Galvanized pipe is dirty because of the oil that is on it, you’ll want to clean it off after cutting it to length, dish soap and water worked well.
  • The Home Depot grade of galvanized pipe may not be “pretty” to some people. You could use aluminum pipe or prettier galvanized pipe but it’s a bit spendy and I like the industrial look; fence post is probably to flimsy for this project.
  • The table saw and metal cutting blade I used worked but it binds easily, a chop saw would work better.
  • You want to tighten the clamp mechanism pretty tight, just not too tight as putting a hole through your ceiling would defeat the design of this shelf.
  • I didn’t cut the 2ft threaded rod, about 1-1/2″ is inside the top flange the rest is inside the pipe. You want to make sure that there is a decent portion of the rod in the flange and the pipe to alleviate the possibility of it slipping out.

In the interest of full disclosure – Simplified Building provided me with a discount (read: I still paid for them, just not retail) on the Kee Klamp fittings used in this project. In exchange for the discount I agreed to document the project here on and This project was conceived and planed using Kee Klamps and would be using Kee Klamps purchased from Simplified Building regardless of the discount Simplified Building graciously extended me. Thinking about it, I got off like a bandit because I’m not doing anything I wouldn’t have done anyway.

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