Steampunk Spice Rack





Introduction: Steampunk Spice Rack

I needed a spice rack to bring with me to college, and my dad has just discovered the wonders of steampunk.  

And so....the steampunk spice rack was born.

Step 1: Cut and File Copper Pipe.

Using a pipe cutter, cut copper pipe into 28 1.5-inch pieces.  We used 1/2" copper pipe that we had lying around, but you can always find copper pipe at any hardware store.

 Then, use a file to clean up the edges and get rid of any sharp ends.

Step 2: Retrieve Other Necessary Items.

Take a trip to your local hardware store and obtain 20 copper T pieces and 4 right-angle pieces that fit snugly on your copper pipe.


Put it all together!  And that's all there is to it.  

The original design had only one row and could only hold 6 tubes, but I wanted more spices in the rack, so we expanded it.  To add another row, simply cut 6 more 1.5-inch pieces of copper pipe and get 6 more copper T pieces.

Our spice rack seems pretty sturdy, but in the case that yours is wobbly, you could weld or glue the pieces together to make it more solid.  

Step 4: Add Spice.

Get some test tubes and fill them up with your favorite spices.  Cork the tops and, finally, place in your brand new steampunk spice rack. 

We had a couple of test tubes lying around, and more are currently in the mail to complete the spice rack.  I found some cheap test tubes on Amazon, and the corks can be found at craft stores.  

Enjoy!  :)



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    Very cool! I definitely want to make one now! I think on mine I'll put legs to bring it to a 45° angle, then adjust the tube holders accordingly :) Thanks for the idea!

    Holy Jesus that's a lot of shoes D:

    be a cool way for me to store my seed beads

    I've just started building a steampunkish still for my workshop / lounge. I see one of these as a matching accessory for serving up shots of what my grandfather called "corn squeezins".

    This is really neat!
    Please show us your results!

    i don't get whats so cool about this... all I see are a bunch of copper pipes stuck together. just because something is copper colored doesn't make it steampunk.

    Rotate T fittings ±60°, place them closer together, hang on wall and Budda Bing!

    I'm making one right now!

    I'll give it a shot of clear coat to keep it bright.

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    Can you please tell me how you were able to make the "degree" symble?

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    Yup! Works!

    Very cool!!!!! Please ignore the negative comments. Obviously the authors of the disrespectful and rude comments have not read the "Be Nice" rule at Instructables. Your Instructables made the front page! need I say more/ I'm following.

    VERY cool.

    Very expensive, I imagine, too. That's, what, about fifty bucks' worth of fittings?

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    Your local recycle or scrap metal dealer probably has TONS of the stuff sold by weight. Your local "make" workshop probably has scrap. Also, there's no shame in using iron pipe fittings. Stainless can get expensive at a plumbing store, but it's cheap at McMaster-Carr...

    Sadly, there's a glut of scrap copper, due to the economic downturn, and the flood of street oxy and meth.

    Interestingly, this rack looks VERY similar to what homebrewers build for their coolers, to be used when filtering mash from extract...

    I was thinking the same thing...EXPENSIVE. Copper fittings? I won't be trying this!

    We spent about $25 on the actual spice rack. The T pieces and corner pieces were about $1 each.

    The test tubes I found online for 10 for $3.25 including shipping.

    Most spices, unless used quickly, do not take well to light exposure. I would paint the outside of the test tubes colors to prevent light from getting in, and to make them look funky colors. Who says you have to look at the inside of the tubes? Just put a label on the outside of them (on the cork maybe) and you'll know what is inside of them.

    On the other hand, since there is such a small amount of spice in each tube (relatively speaking) then you might use them up before the spices have time to lose their potency, if you use a lot of that spice. A general rule that I try and stick by is:

    3 months for cut
    6 months for whole

    6 Months to a year for cut
    +Infinity for whole. I have a quarter pound of clove that I got fresh 5 years ago that still tastes AMAZING to this day whenever I need it (christmas ham).

    I really like this one. Great idea.

    I did something very similar only on a larger scale to create a pot rack to hang over the island in my kitchen. I didn't have access to soldering equip at the time so I epoxied it together!!! I don't hang really heavy pots from it though because it is not anchored into ceiling studs ;-( But it has "hung" in there for twelve years now! I also used heavy gauge copper wire to make S hooks to hang things from it! Looks great and is very functional!

    This is outstanding im gonna build one for my workshop for all of my dinky nuts and bolts and all my doodads

    There needs to be some steampunk swapmeats so people can swap gears and other goods ......