Zero Point Shelf


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.

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.


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

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


Cutting the pipe to length:


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


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


Taking the burs off the ends of the pipe:


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


This is how I originally envisioned the clamp assembly, this later changes slightly:


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

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:

Emily, the child labor my niece helping to sand the shelves before the application of polyurethane:


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.


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.

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