I love copper a lot! It is one of those materials like leather, that becomes more beautiful with age.. it develops a mottled green patina in places, while in other places the rich copper tones become deeper and more varied - it truly has a mind of it's own. So when my husband and I began building our house we knew that copper would feature there somewhere..
This coat / hat / bag rack DIY is my very first test run with the blow torch and copper pipe - practising my joins! For those interested, I chose to silver stick solder with MAPGAS as it sounds easier and more durable than the soft solder. I didn't use flux this first time - hence the black discolouring - next project I will try it.
If you are a little scared of the whole blow torch thing - your local hardware store will have pipe connectors that just click into place, or copper bond glue. Easy as.
What you need
- timber (I've pinched a length of hardwood from my Mum's delapidated retaining wall!)
- 3/4 inch copper pipe
- copper joining pieces: 1x cap and 1x elbow for each hook (alternatively purchase pushfit connectors from your local hardware store OR copper bond glue if you don't want to solder)
- pipe cutter
- timber saw
- drill and 3/4inch bit (or same diameter as chosen pipe)
- sanding tools (for pipe cleaning and timber finishing)
- heavy duty picture hanging hardware (choose depending of the weight of your timber and desired end use - keys are not so heavy but a full schoolbag is..)
- timber finish (I left my timber raw, but it could look lovely waxed or oiled depending on your timber)
- cut your timber to length depending on how many hooks you would like
- drill pipe sized holes through timber to fit the hook ends into (I spaced mine 80mm from edge of timber and 50mm from bottom edge)
- sand timber until desired surface quality is established (I sanded my timber quite lightly to retain the silver patina of aged hardwood)
- cut your pipe to length - the horizontal pieces double the length of the verticals + the thickness of timber (I used a hacksaw and it was difficult to achieve straight cuts so I'd recommend a pipe cutter)
- sand copper pipe ends to clean thoroughly before soldering
- piece copper pipe together in hook formation and solder to join OR click connect copper pieces together OR glue in place
- while copper is cooling, attach hanging hardware to the back side of your timber piece
- fit assembled hooks into your pre-drilled holes - it should be quite a squeeze that will hold copper hooks in place (if copper is a bit loose simply apply glue to hook ends before inserting into timber piece)
- install wall hanging hardware near your front door
- hang your copper pipe rack and place your everyday necessities there - ready to go!
Post by Nicole