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A magazine rack made from polished copper pipe

Overview

This stylish, copper magazine rack is easy to make and looks great in any room. It also solves the problem of having newspapers and magazines lying all over the house. We're making a rectangular magazine rack but you can be as creative as you like with yours.

Steps

1Measure, mark and cut the copper pipe

The first thing to do is to cut your copper pipe to length using the pipe cutter. We cut our pipe to:

  • 380mm x 4
  • 100mm x 12
  • 130mm x 2

When using the pipe cutter, attach it to the pipe and tighten. Twist it around once, then tighten the cutter a quarter of a turn. Repeat this until the pipe is cut. When you're cutting multiple lengths of pipe, use the combination square to ensure the pipes are the same length.

Person measuring and marking copper pipe with tape measure and pencil

2Lay out the design

Lay out the design for your magazine rack on your workbench, this way you can join it all together in order. Start with a 380mm piece of copper for the top cross bar and join an elbow at each end. Then fit a 100mm, and a T-piece onto both sides. Attach to the T-piece, a 380mm for the cross bar – this runs parallel to the top cross bar.  You should have a rectangle at this stage. Crimp these together. You might need someone to help you with the crimping. If you don't have a crimping tool, you can use glue. Then to the T-piece, attach a 100mm piece of pipe and an elbow and another 100mm. The first side of your magazine rack is complete.

Person connecting copper pipe to copper joining

3Make the second side of the rack

Repeat the previous step to make the second, matching side of the magazine rack.

Copper rack semi-built

4Join the two sides together

Now you've made the two sides, it's time to join them together. Take a 130mm piece of copper pipe, attach an elbow to each end and crimp (or glue) to seal. Repeat this process, then join the pieces you've just made to the sides.  Fold the two sides of the rack up. Check to make sure the sides are square before crimping (or gluing) into place.

Person joining together two sides of a copper rack

5Polish the rack

Use a soft cloth and Brasso metal polish to give the magazine a great finish.

Person polishing copper magazine rack

6Show off your D.I.Y. magazine rack

All that's left to do is find the right spot for your stylish copper magazine rack. And filling it with your favourite magazines of course! 

A magazine rack made from polished copper pipe

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.