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This undated photo shows a close-up view of a DIY completed bookshelf. Industrial-style shelving units and tables made from planks of wood and plumbing parts are gorgeous and trendy, and can cost thousands of dollars. But creating custom-designed, industrial furniture yourself is surprisingly easy. (AP Photo/Ted Anthony)

DIY bookcase: steps to an industrial-style piece

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I started by shopping, assuming the only way I could have an industrial-style bookcase was by paying a hefty sum for one.

As this style of furniture has become more popular, many different companies and craftsmen have begun offering variations on the theme: rustic, sturdy shelving units, and tables made from planks of wood and plumbing parts.

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