Plumber's Helper Wardrobe




Introduction: Plumber's Helper Wardrobe

About: Art, Graphic and Product Design from one source! Furnitures, Pictures and more... I'm an german artist, product designer, photographer...who loves to make and invent things!

Hello everybody! This is my first instructable!

After I spend some time in the hardware store I went through a wide corridor and suddenly a barrow appeared in front of me with a lot of this little helpers inside.

The first thing that came into my mind was:

"That would be a really cool wardrobe!" :)

No sooner said than done, I went to my workshop and started this little project!

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Step 1: Tools and Materials


  • cutter
  • ruler
  • centre bit
  • caliper (optional) -> you can also use the ruler
  • drilling machine or drill press
  • cnc-router or jigsaw
  • drill bits (2mm and 4,5mm)
  • sandpaper
  • woodglue
  • countersink
  • japanese saw
  • Dremel (optional)


  • some scrap wood (min. size 120mm x 120mm -> 4,725" x 4,725"); in my case a scrap piece of 22mm OSB
  • toilet plunger (diam.115mm -> diam. 4")
  • 3 srews: 1 to hold the handel (PZ2 4x40mm), 2 to mount the backplate on the wall (PZ2 4,5x50mm)

Step 2: Build the Backplate

First you have tu build the backplate of your new wardrobe.

I was a little bit lazy so I used our cnc-router, but you can also use a lot of other tools to build the backplate e.g. jigsaw, bandsaw etc.!

I used the cnc to cut out the circle of the backplate and to mark the holes for the netxt steps with a carving bit.

After the router has finished just take some sandpaper and smooth the edges.

Note: I use ESTLCAM to control the cnc. All needed files are attched below!

Step 3: Drilling 1/2

In this step you have to drill the 3 holes your cnc-router has marked in the step before. I used a 4,5mm-drill.

First you have to drill the 3 holes right through the backplate. Then you have to countersink the 2 holes which will later used to mount the backplate on the wall. After that you have to turn around the workpiece and countersink the third hole from the back!

Step 4: Drilling 2/2

Now you have to disassemble the toilet plunger. It's really easy. You just have to pull the handle out of the rubber!

You need to measure the diameter of the handle with your caliper or your ruler. With this information you have to choose the wright centre bit. In my case it was d = 25mm.

I wanted the handle to fit in a small angle of 2° because the later used hangers should be secured on the handle, so I adjusted the drilling table in the wright position.

I marked the centre bit at hight of about 12mm and drilled the hole!

Step 5: Cut the Handle

In my case, after I had dissasembled the toilet plunger, I needed to cut off a small piece of it because I wanted the handle to fit in the hole completly.

Step 6: Cut the Rubber

Take the rubber and cut a cross through the middle of the rubber. After that try to push the handle through the hole. If it won't work you have to expand the hole.

Step 7: Assembly

Now it's time to assemble your new wardrobe!:)

Take some wood glue and glue the handle into the suitable hole. Wait some time until the glue has dried and drill a small hole in the back of the glued handle and thighten the PZ2 4x40mm screw.

Note: Be carful to drill through the centre of the handle to avoid it's damage!

Step 8: Finish!

Now you jut have to pull over the rubber, mount your new wardrobe and admire your work!

If you have some time left you can mill some hangers!;)

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my instructable!

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    2 years ago

    That's a pretty fun design idea :)