Introduction: Copper Pipe Towel Rail

SUMMARY
This was my project to build a new towel rail for the bathroom.

TIME TAKEN
1.5 hours cutting pipe. 1.5 hrs soldering pipe. 1 hr cleaning and polishing. 0.5 hrs fixing to wall. ...........total time 4.5hrs

MATERIALS
6m of 15mm copper pipe
1 x blow torch (for soldering)
26 x elbow joints
18 t-joints
some wire wool
some flux
some metal polish
1 x 'pacman' shaped copper pipe cutter
1 x ruler

STEP 1
The first thing was pipe cutting. I wanted to hold 10 towels, so that would mean 11 shelves.
Using the 15mm pipe cutter.....I cut 42x10cm sections and 11 x 20cm sections of pipe (took about an hour)

STEP 2
I then dry fitted the whole thing to check the design would work and all the sections all lined up.

STEP 3

I then soldered the upright/vertical sections.
(10x10cm section with a t joint in between each and an elbow at each end)

On some very flat slate tiles and made sure they were very straight and inserted the 10cm pices that came out of the right angle of the t joint. being very careful to make sure it was all true.... i soldered the joints.  I then did the other upright..... making sure it lined up with the first one (and was straight)

STEP 4

I then inserted the 20cm pieces to join it all together.... checking for straightness along the way

the soldering was pretty easy.... just clean pipe ends add smear of flux, flux the joint, insert them, and apply copious heat!.... then let it cool naturally, and check the joints. if theyre still loose..... try again!

STEP 5

i finished it off by cleaning up the oxidisation from the blowtorch.... with wire wool.... and then a quick polish!

tadah.

Extra Note

As predicted, th copper tarnished pretty quickly.... and although i liked this, i decided to treat the metal (to avoid any contamination getting on clean towels.  I bought the stainless steel kit from everbright: "protect-a-clear".  This is a very easy fix. polish the metal..... wipe with the supplied degreaser.... then wipe on the self annealing polymer coat. Basically..... whatever 'look' you like you can keep it in that state with no tarnishing at all..... amazeballs.

Comments

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CharleyW1 made it!(author)2016-04-25

Look great mate! Question – why type of brackets are you using to fix it to the wall?

Thanks!

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flambewomble made it!(author)2016-04-26

think theyre called munson rings.... little brass ring that holds the pipe with a bracket to screw to the wall.

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CharleyW1 made it!(author)2016-04-26

Brilliant! Thanks for the name - been googling around and hadn't been able to find it.

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bfarm made it!(author)2013-08-13

Run baseboard heat through it and warm towels. Feed from a small valve to regulate flow.

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definingsound made it!(author)2015-12-03

Baseboard heaters in north america have electricity flowing through them (not heater water). I am thinking of using heating wire (usually used for underfloor heating, or deicing eaves and walkways) inside of a tube towel rack to cause it to be a heated towel rack.

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flambewomble made it!(author)2013-08-14

not entirely sure id trust my soldering that much.... although..... i do have enough left overs for a heated toilet roll holder!!

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SEARCHPIRATE999 made it!(author)2015-11-29

Thanks for the inspiration! I made one at Tech Shop, was fairly straightforward to build. Took me longer to clean up my awful solder joints than the total build time. I used a clear Rustoleum Furniture Lacquer to seal it.

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flambewomble made it!(author)2015-12-01

well done.... looks like a great job. Really pleased you liked it enough to make it. ☺

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Vickiandwes made it!(author)2015-03-29

any ideas on how to remove the factory markings from the copper?

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NikiL2 made it!(author)2015-06-26

Are you referring to the typed print, or the imprinted/engraved markings? If the typed print, nail polish remover works wonderfully!

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peggy.morris2 made it!(author)2015-02-04

PVC pipe is more in my price range

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lisamaree.fletcher made it!(author)2015-01-19

I LOVE THIS! Hope the copper fittings are not too expensive, 'cos this is now on hubby's todo list

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ardominguez1 made it!(author)2015-01-06

Isn't copper expensive? where can I get it?

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BeeTrap made it!(author)2014-12-21

I like this a lot. The wife may not approve, but...... I think that one of these shall just happen to "appear" in the Master Bathroom, one day. Thanks for the Ible and keep those idea-juices flowing.

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Mattock_Man made it!(author)2014-12-17

Excellent work. Copper kills bacteria so this is very sanitary. I tip my hat to you.

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danfish made it!(author)2014-10-28

Wow great idea!

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lebowski made it!(author)2014-08-04

Nicely done!

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gunshw301 made it!(author)2014-04-01

Clear spray painted a copper pipe for a towel holder in a shower. A couple years later and it still looked good.

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M.Ploeger made it!(author)2014-04-01

Very nice :-)

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wazzup105 made it!(author)2014-03-31

Nice. Now all you need is to run some hot water throught these pipes... Mmmm... warm towels... :)

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Mielameri made it!(author)2014-03-31

Really cool idea! Love the look of copper; please do a later update to see if the everbright keeps things green-free and I'm all in on this one! Nice, clear instructions, too. Thanks!

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temper made it!(author)2013-08-13

LOL - Copper pipe? Why didn't you opt for gold? About the same order of price.

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flambewomble made it!(author)2013-08-14

whole project cost about £65... so whats that.... 1000 auzzy dollars? :)

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Malkenite made it!(author)2013-08-13

Nice job! I like the idea of this. I see where I would have left the bottom crossbar off and instead created (2) functional toilet paper holders for the rolls but that would be the only "improvement" I would make. Any idea how you are going to reduce the chances of oxidation staining your towels?

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flambewomble made it!(author)2013-08-13

yeah, might get some everbright or similar coating to keep it shiny... ill see how it goes. Cheers!....

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