Step 1: Introduction and Justification
Step 2: You Will Need:
- A good lengthof 1/2" PVC pipe; get the sturdy stuff (schedule 40 is good). I just bought a 10' length for $1.74 and used less than half.
- Four 1/2" elbows
- One 1x1/2" 90-degree elbow
- Three 1/2" Tees
- Two 1/" caps
B) Your shaving junk
Step 3: Measure your junk!
Cut one length of PVC to be the "back rail" of the stand (the part that sits on the counter). You're going to take the back rail, like Gaul, and divide it into three parts--and insert a few Tees into it. So you will actually want this back rail to be a bit shorter than your measurement. Luckily, since PVC is forgiving stuff and easy to trim, I'd just cut it full-length and trim to fit later.
Cut two more pieces to be the side rails.
Cut two MORE pieces to be the uprights--I made them the same length as the side rails, and it worked pretty well.
Finally, cut two short pieces, about 1-1.5 inches or so (these will be the horizontal supports).
Step 4: Assemble!
Okay, yes: there is something wrong with the current state of the stand. Can you say what it is?
What? You say it's a problem that the badger-hair brush is standing bristles up and it will hurt the badger hair? Are you MAD? Have you ever met a badger? Badgers don't mess around. Badgers could take down bears. Chuck Norris's sensei is Badger Badger-san. Ever see a badger take a bath and then dangle from a brach by its teeth so that its hair dried the right way? Of course not! If shaving brushes weren't meant to dry bristles-up, why would they make the ends of them flat so you could stand them that way? The badger can handle it! DON'T DISRESPECT THE BADGER, YOU DISTRAUGHT PINK-CHEEKED BADGER-PAMPERER!
(sorry for the outburst--I just wanted a chance to use the phrase "distraught pink-cheeked badger-pamperer")
However, having said that, the stand DOES have a serious problem: the 1" round section of the tee is simply too small to offer proper support to the badger. Something more stable is necessary. Either get a larger diameter elbow (if you're okay with a bristles-up stand) or see the next step to rectify the situation.
Step 5: (optional): Cut the brush stand
You can do this pretty easily with a hacksaw or miter saw, and it will probably generate a lot of PVC shavings, so do it outside (yes! Sawing on PVC pipe, outdoors, to make a shaving stand! It doesn't GET more manly than this!)
Two cuts will make the slot; drilling the ends of the slot with a large bit should give you a rough cut of what you need.
Step 6: (optional): Smooth the brush stand
It's best to use a half-round bastard file. There is no true reason for this, and another file would probably get better results, but in truth I think there is no more manly phrase than "rasp the rough edges with a half-round bastard."
No, seriously. "Quench the red-hot metal in water" is pretty manly, I'll grant you, as is "hold the arc until the alloy melts", and such. But they just don't have the resonance of "rasp the rough edges with a half-round bastard."
I like it. It's got a ring to it.
Step 7: (optional): Dangle your badger.
And yes, I will grant you that "dangle your badger in the rasped PVC elbow" is almost as manly a phrase as "rasp the rough edges with a half-round bastard." But I still feel the latter has a better cadence.
Step 8: The final stand
In all seriousness, though, I think an all-copper version of this (with a bit of cushion around the brush so that it doesn't get scored by sharp edges) would actually look pretty nice--and could either be left clean (to tarnish to a nice patina) or scoured, shined, and shellac'd for a shiny pipework shaving stand.
There's probably a better way to mount the brush, too--but this is what I came up with at first blush, and as mentioned--it works; it's just not pretty.