Steps // How to Make a Pot Rack from Copper Pipe
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How to Make a Pot Rack

 
Step One // How to Make a Pot Rack from Copper Pipe

How to Make a Pot Rack

Pot Rack Overview
Photo by Don Penny/Time Inc. Digital Studio

Common copper plumbing pipe shines up easily for an elegant hanging grid.

 
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Cut the Pipe Sections

 
Step Two // How to Make a Pot Rack from Copper Pipe

Cut the Pipe Sections

Man creating pot rack
Photo by Anthony Tieuli; David Carmack

Create a diagram of your pot rack design, including detailed measurements for each section of pipe. Where each pipe attaches to a connector, be sure to subtract the size of the connectors—½ inch for a tee and ¾ inch for an elbow—from the length of the pipe section.
Include in the diagram five tees for mounting the pot rack on the wall: one at each corner 2 inches from the elbows on the vertical sides and one in the middle of the center rail. Make a cut list from the drawing. Using a tubing cutter, cut all the pipe sections to length. 


 
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Assemble the Pieces

 
Step Three // How to Make a Pot Rack from Copper Pipe

Assemble the Pieces

Pot rack being made
Photo by Anthony Tieuli and David Carmack

Lay out the pieces of the rack on a flat surface. Place the tees and elbows in line with the pipes, but don't attach them yet—once connected, they can't be pulled apart. Check that the pot rack is even and square, accounting for ½ inch of pipe inside each connection and ¾ inch on each side of the corners. Assemble the rack by pushing the pipes into the connectors as far as they will go.

 
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Assemble the Mounting Flanges

 
Step Four // How to Make a Pot Rack from Copper Pipe

Assemble the Mounting Flanges

Assemble the mounting flanges
Photo by Anthony Tieuli and David Carmack

Screw a threaded male adaptor into each floor flange. Using a tubing cutter, cut five sections of 1½-inch pipe. Drop each section into a male adaptor.
Using a drill/driver outfitted and ⅛-inch bit, drill a hole through one side of each adapter-pipe pair. Drive a ½-inch self-tapping screw into each hole to lock each pair together.

 
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Secure the Pot Rack to the Wall


 
Step Five // How to Make a Pot Rack from Copper Pipe

Secure the Pot Rack to the Wall


Secure the Pot Rack to the Wall
Photo by Anthony Tieuli and David Carmack


Push a flange assembly onto each mounting tee, facing the back of the rack. Using a drill/driver and No. 10 screws, mount the each flange on the wall through a stud or into a wall anchor.

 
 

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