DIY Copper Pipe Magazine Rack

DIY Copper Pipe Magazine Rack

So this is the first of what hopefully will be many copper pipe projects! When I bought the house it was full of copper pipes that the previous owner used to wire is stereo systems and I have been saving them for a rainy day. Pinterest is exploding with copper pipe DIY projects and one that I have been really excited about it is a copper and canvas magazine rack. 

We get a lots of magazines - Maxx collects a magazine called Monocle which I have been told is too precious to go in a slouchy magazine rack. They look pretty awesome all lined up on the shelf together so I'm okay with that.

I'm thinking the new rack will be a spot to sick all the stuff I just kind of want to look at but don't really care about, like all of the catalogs I get from J.Crew and West Elm.

There are a ton of variations on this project and I just kind of went with what I had available to work with. Here is what I used:

  • One tube of Krazy Glue - I recommend the kind with the brush applicator
  • Eight feet of 3/4" copper pipe
  • Eight 90-degree copper pipe fittings (also 3/4")
  • One pipe cutter
  • One small canvas drop cloth (or another material for the sling)
  • Sandpaper

You will need to cut the pipe into eight pieces. Two -6 inch, Two - 14 inch and Four 12 inch. Get your hands warmed up there is a lot of cutting. If you are proficient with a saw you might want to skip the twist cutter all together. 

Copper pipe is not cheap so I probably wouldn't have taken this on if I didn't already have a pile of pipe sitting in my basement. If you have old or salvage pipe I would definitely recommend using it. I actually really like the color of the older pipe that's a little oxidized but I had to buy a few new fitting (can you see the three shiny ones in the picture) so I decided to polish the old pipe up to match. Polishing the pipe is really easy. There are a few options to get it looking nice and new - you can do as many or as few as you want. 

  • STICKERS - soak in warm soapy water and rubbed with sponge to remove stickers
  • OXIDATION - rub with salt and lemons to restore original color
  • MARKINGS - use nail polish remover to remove any markings, you can also use steal wool to remove the red printing, it also leaves the pipes with a cool brushed finish

Now onto the assembly - Attach the fittings to the ends of the 6" and 14" pieces as shown in the photo above. Use the sandpaper to rough-up the ends and apply super glue to strengthen the connections. Make sure the ends of the fittings are lined-up so the finally assembly will be square. 

Next connect the four - 12" pieces in the same manner to the 6" pieces you just assembled to make two U-shaped legs. Again make sure that the U's are flat - you can set them on a table to make sure they are lined up correctly. 

Finally take your sewn sling and thread it onto the 14" pieces with attached fittings and attach them to the legs in the same manner. I just made my sling out of a canvas drop cloth but you can use and material you like.

TA-DA! My magazines have a new home! 

I'm calling my first copper pipe project a success! Any Pinterest recommendations for what I should try next? Here are some  projects that I'm interested in trying. Let me know what you think!

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Pipe Ladder - Brittany Makes

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