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How To Build a DIY Pool Shelf for an Above Ground Pool



DIY Pool Shelf tutorial on how to build a PVC shelf to fit on the side of your above ground pool for about $40.00. This done on a 22′ Intex pool.
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  1. I bought everything and am nervous about doing this. I am confused and wished I could see the tape measure numbers. I have the same exact type of pool, except mine is NOT Intex but Coleman. I measure it and not sure if you go from OUTSIDE the pole or inside the pole/legs of the pool. I want to do this but not sure what to do bc my pool looks the same and have watched the video a few times

  2. This is fantastic! I'm going to use flat screws to put the Acrylic on and I'm going to add a spot for towels. I'm glad that my pool is the same as yours! Thank you for sharing!!!

  3. Terrific tutorial, thank you very much. I used a pvc ceiling tile for the top. It was much more cost effective ($13 for 2'x4' piece) and is a little more rigid. I also screwed in a leftover piece of 1" pvc in the middle of the front section (over the pool top rail) to prevent sagging.
    This is the tile I used https://www.lowes.com/pd/Genesis-Common-48-in-x-24-in-Actual-47-75-in-x-23-75-in-Smooth-Pro-White-Smooth-15-16-in-Drop-Tile-Ceiling-Tiles/50022172

  4. I made this last year for my Summer Wave Elite. But this year I have a 24ft steel and resin pool and the top edge of the pool is flat across the top not round or oval shape. Could you do a video on how to make the same setup for this kind of pools? 
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  5. Using velcro sounds like a good idea. I made this last year but my plexiglass cracked. And that stuff isn't cheap. I will have to make another one this year because I'm getting a new pool this year and it is steel and resin with the wider tops on the wall of the pool. I will need to get new measurements of the new pool tops tho. It is so nice to be able to have your eyeglasses, drinks or whatever within reach. Is there something else you can use besides plexiglass?

  6. Thanks for the great video, just finished mine. Only suggestion is the fittings are cheaper if you buy the contractor packs.
    This gives you extra Ts to add to the center of the 29 inch sections to stiffen and level the lexan.

  7. That picture at 1:16 probably saved me an hour on the project thanks for the great video! Love the acrylic but I went with a 1" pine shelf with a beveled edge for $8 instead of the acrylic because my lowes didn't have it… After stain it still looks and works great. Thanks again

  8. Thanks for the video, I am making three this week. The towel holder is a great idea, but I don't need it as I made a towel rack. I am using a two three way "T" on the top ends this will eliminate one two elbows and two "T".

  9. I started making this shelf Friday and finished it today after church with some help from my family members. One of the legs that goes over the railing is a little crooked but it still works fine. My lexan did crack at one of the screws but it is ok. That stuff is not cheap. Next year we are getting a larger pool so I will try the thicker lexan. Thank you for this video it is the second project I've worked on with pvc pipe. Now just waiting for the next project to come along.

  10. Nice job. I did pretty much the same thing except I used furniture grade colored PVC not schedule 40, its not rigid enough. rubber grommets not stainless steel washers nylon bolt with nut acrylic sheet not Lexan I also put a cross member to hang towels. all purchased from Lowe’s/Home Depot.

  11. Things I learned from this wonderful tutorial:

     Pay attention to your measurements.  When he says 2 inches he does not mean 2 1/2 ( That's where the frustration started!)  Somehow I cut all of those pieces two and a half I couldn't get anything to match.

     When measuring your crossbars measure from the insides of your pool posts not the outside and then subtract an inch or two.  And remember to include the T measurements. 

     I did not attached the top table piece which was a good thing because I was re doing this constantly.

    And the last thing is keep an eye on all of your parts because when your pit bull decides he wants to take them and hide them it gets really frustrating when you know you cut them and they disappear.

     I'm sure for people who are knowledgeable with PVC and what not this made so much more sense. However this is the 1st time I've ever attempted anything with PVC and as frustrating as it was the author was tremendously helpful and I came back and remeasured and found my problem and everything was smooth sailing.

     At last but not least I am not a fan of Lexan and/or anything else that is Too clear 2 shiny 2 slick. I actually have on order a poly ethylene cutting board. It is textured and almost the same size for $26.  The edges will already be smooth and rounded out and none of our cocktails will slide off of it!  And less than a 3rd the cost.  And I got it in a color, not just clear or white.

    Thank you for all your assistance. It turned out well however I haven't glued it altogether yet So there's still time for me to jack it up!

    Next I'm going to attempt stairs for inside the pool. That oughta be a hoot

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    Subject: New reply on "Fabulous DIY. But I really want to clarify the 29 in cut please. My braces are 41" from outside to outside edge. So mine need to be 41"? ( if so wish I'd have watched that before I cut them. I had to do a cut as I drive a roadster and 10 foot PVC just wouldn't fit) lol. Thanks for your time."

    New reply on "Fabulous DIY. But I really want to clarify the 29 in cut please. My braces are 41" from outside to outside edge. So mine need to be 41"? ( if so wish I'd have watched that before I cut them. I had to do a cut as I drive a roadster and 10 foot PVC just wouldn't fit) lol. Thanks for your time." 

    Bubbers Productions replied to Penny Guimaraes's comment

    Bubbers Productions

    There are so many configurations of uprights on these pools that you would have to customize the shelf to some degree. I hope it worked out for you in the end. The measurements I have in the video are exactly what I needed and worked for this example.

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  12. Yeah at this moment it's frustrating me to no end because I can't get them to match up. So I'm going to give up and in a little while I'll make sure everything's exact because the only 2 things should be different are the 2 29s as opposed to my 41s. I think lol

  13. Fabulous DIY. But I really want to clarify the 29 in cut please. My braces are 41" from outside to outside edge. So mine need to be 41"? ( if so wish I'd have watched that before I cut them. I had to do a cut as I drive a roadster and 10 foot PVC just wouldn't fit) lol. Thanks for your time.

  14. Great idea, and as for towel holders, there is already four there without adding another bar. The brace or leveling arms will serve as towel hangers and on the ends withen the frame, there are the other towel holders. I'm going to make one these… Thanks for sharing this awesome idea… Thumbs Up and you have a new subscriber to your channel.

  15. You should use couplings in the center of the two longer pieces on top. That way it is the same height as the edges and you dont need to find correct side washers. The plexi should probably have some guards on the edges so it is not sharp and cuts someone. If there was a way to eliminate screws to maintain a flat surface that would be best. Maybe compress the top on with threaded fittings. I also agree that glue is not essential on all the joints.

  16. Now thats just cool. I'll be making one as soon as my pool is installed. We just bought a 33 X 54 above ground pool and waiting for the installer to do his thing. Great video.

  17. It's a great idea and I like your level of detail but I think for someone else they could probably get away with not gluing any of the joints. A rubber mallet to tighten the joints after the initial test fit and dry run would suffice 90% of the time for this. The Lexan could also be attached with double sided tape instead of drilling.

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