Home Improvement | 26 July 2016Construct a Copper Pipe Pot Rack Share article facebook twitter google pinterest One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Building with Secondhand Stuff shows you how to collect low-cost materials and use them to create incredible projects. This pot rack uses copper pipes, making it the perfect industrial piece to add to any kitchen. No cook’s kitchen is complete without a pot rack. It’s a way to store interesting items in plain view, and it makes pots and pans much more accessible. You can buy pot racks in just about any style under the sun, but why pay for something that is so easy to make yourself? The rack described here measures 3 feet long by 2 feet wide, which is a useful size for most small to medium kitchens. However, one of the wonderful things about working with reclaimed pipe—especially soft pipe such as the copper plumbing pipe used in this project—is how easy it is to cut to size. You can customize this project to any size that suits you, but keep the cross braces, which are important for maintaining the rack’s shape, under the weight of various pots and pans. Another wonderful thing about this pot rack— and about working with reclaimed plumbing pipe in general—is that it doesn’t require a lot of expertise or specialized tools. The copper pipe we’ve used here is especially accommodating for the DIYer with basic skills. The pipe does not need to be tapped with new threads when you cut it because it is simply soldered into the connectors and adaptors used to construct the rack. But the best reason for choosing copper pipe is the sheer beauty of the material. Not only is it attractive in its own right, copper just seems to fit right into a kitchen. We’ve mounted this eye-catching rack on solid supports, also made of copper pipe, screwed into ceiling joists. However, some homeowners prefer a pot rack with a little swing to it. If that’s the case, mount the rack by screwing substantial eye bolts into ceiling joists, and hanging the rack by chains and S hooks. You can buy the hardware in copper or other metals at most home centers or hardware stores. Lay out the pieces you’ll use for the rack on a flat, level work surface. Mark pieces for cutting as necessary to match the dimensions of the rack. Remember to account for the portion of the tube or pipe that will go inside fittings such as elbows. Be sure to factor in the support posts and mounting flanges if you are hanging the rack from fixed posts. Cut sections of the pipe as necessary using a tubing cutter. Set the pipe in the cutter so that the cutting wheel is aligned with the marked cut line. Screw the clamp down to tighten the wheel on the pipe and begin rotating the cutter around the pipe. Burnish the ends of cut pipes and insides of connecters using 000 steel wool or a burnishing tool. after you’re done, the end of the pipe should be clean and shiny. Burnish the insides of the fitting into which the pipe will be soldered. Apply flux around the end of a pipe to be soldered. the surface should be absolutely clean before you start. use the flux brush to spread flux liberally around the end of the pipe. Touch the solder to the pipe. it should melt on contact. apply the solder in a bead around the joint. touch up the soldered joint as necessary, but do not touch the pipe until it has fully cooled down from the soldering process. once the pipe has cooled, burnish the joint with 000 steel wool. Slip the pipe into the fitting, making sure that they are fully engaged. light the torch and begin sweating the joint. Move the flame along the joint, back and forth, until it is completely heated—about 30 seconds. Continue soldering pieces together, soldering the inner braces first, and then completing the outer frame. Be sure that fittings for fixed hanging posts are positioned perfectly perpendicular to the frame. check on a level surface that the rack lays flat. if it doesn’t you’ll need to heat up the problem joints and re-solder them. With the rack frame complete, solder the hanging posts into place in the t fittings on the frame. Screw copper male threaded adapters into the mounting flanges. drill 1/8″ pilot holes through each adapter, slide it onto the pole, and screw in a 1/2″ self-tapping metal screw. Hold the rack up in the mounting location and mark the flange screw holes on the ceiling along ceiling joists. drill pilot holes and hang the rack by screwing three #10 wood screws through the flange and into the ceiling joists. Safety First Most solder contains lead. So, whether you are desoldering to disassemble copper pipe that you’ve reclaimed from an old structure, or are soldering to construct a project such as the one shown here, effective ventilation is essential. if you are working in a workshop, garage, or other indoor space, use a strong fan positioned directly over your work surface, and vented to an outside window. if you’ll be doing a lot of soldering or desoldering, consider using a respirator rated for lead fumes or lead-free solder. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Building with Secondhand Stuff takes green remodeling and construction practices to new extremes. From deconstruction methods and salvaging tips to plotting efficient cutting plans and devising creative new uses for everyday items, it is packed with clever ways to obtain low-cost materials (and reduce landfilling in the process). This book contains the answer to a question most of us have wondered about at some point: Is that pile of used maple flooring I saw on Craigslist worth taking? From plywood to hardwood flooring, to windows, doors, carpeting and more, salvaging building materials can save you thousands of dollars (and is about as green as you can get). This book is a hands-on, do-it-yourselfer’s guide that shows you how to identify materials that can be salvaged efficiently and then gives you step-by-step instructions on how to go about doing it. Plus, it provides over one dozen complete plans featuring clever ideas for putting salvaged materials to good use as useful home furnishings. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.