Copper Pipe Recipe Book Stand

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Have you ever come across a project idea that almost seemed to scream at you, "make me!"? Well, this is definitely one of those projects for me! I came across this amazing idea and though I had never worked with copper tubing before, I just HAD to try my hand at it. I'm always nervous to work with new media/material for the first time but I seriously could make a zillion of these beautiful, classy recipe book stands!
Rob and I have an eat-in kitchen so we don't have much counter space which means when I'm cooking a meal or baking and need a recipe, I'm constantly trying to prop my recipe book on the backsplash, spice rack, or the canisters on my counter; it's so annoying though because the book always slides down flat. Problem solved!
Supplies: -1/2"x5' Type L Copper Tube -junior tube cutter -1/2" copper tees (2) -1/2" copper 90˚ angle elbows (2) -1/2" copper street elbows (2) -copper caps (4) -measuring tape -E6000 -Q-tips -recipe book *Note: All copper materials and the tube cutter were found in the plumbing section at Home Depot.
STEP 1: Measure recipe book First, I measured my recipe book that I was going to base my stand dimensions off of. My book was about 9.25"x16" when opened.
STEP 2: Cut copper tube Figuring my final dimensions was really a trial and error thing, but ultimately I went with the following cuts: 10" (1 piece) - this will be the top bar that goes across horizontally 6" (2 pieces) - these will be the two vertical pieces that will essentially be the legs 4" (2 pieces) - these will be the two pieces that will be the feet 2" (2 piece) - these will be the two little pieces connected to the back of the feet for support and stability
STEP 3: Glue and assemble recipe book stand After I made all of my cuts, I started assembling everything together. I used a Q-tip to apply E6000 to the inside of the 90˚ elbows, then I slid the elbows on each end of the 10" piece of copper tubing.
Next, I applied E6000 inside the bottom ends of the 90˚ elbows and slid in a 6" copper tube on each side.
After that, I applied E6000 to the single end of the copper tees and connected both tees to the bottom of the 6" tubes, one on the left and the other on the right.
Now that I had the top portion of my recipe book stand assembled, I continued with the bottom part. I applied E6000 to the front opening of the copper tees and slid the 4" tubes in--again, one on the left side and the other on the left side.
Next, I applied E6000 to the wider part of the street elbows and slid them on to the front of my 4" tubes.
To give my recipe book stand stability, I applied E6000 to the back openings of the tees and slid in the 2" copper tubes on the left and right of the stand.
Finally, I applied E6000 to the inside of the copper end caps and placed them on the 2 street elbows and the back of the 2" tube pieces.
How stinkin' neat is this?! I love how this recipe book stand adds an extra intentional touch of class to my kitchen. Slowly but surely, I will have a streamline look in my favorite room of the house! :)
Suggested materials:
  • 1/2"x5' Type L Copper Tube   (Home Depot)
  • Junior tube cutter   (Home Depot)
  • 1/2" copper tees (2)   (Home Depot)
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  • Linda Stadel-Sigmon Linda Stadel-Sigmon on Sep 27, 2016
    Why copper?
  • Kelli Kelli on Oct 12, 2016
    The copper pipe I'm finding at my Home Depot have markings all over them. Did you have to scrub your pipe? What did you use?
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