Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer Projects-ABS Pipe Wine Rack

Back in Feb for Valentines day my wonderful Boyfriend got me a year subscription to Martha Stewart Living!! Yay!!

Just a few pages into the February issue was this amazing wine rack that I knew I had to make for my dad!
Martha's Version

Martha used 4-Inch PVC pipe but my Home Depot only had 4-Inch ABS pipe, which is essentially the same thing when it comes to making a wine rack, now for typical uses like plumbing and what not theres probably an actual difference.

Here is how Martha made her Wine Rack.

And here is how I made mine!

DIY Wine Rack How To: (Print)

1. Cut Pipe into 1 foot pieces:

You will need to use a hacksaw for this. Some hardware stores will do it for you (I lucked out and mine cut it for me).

Laura Mae's Version
If thats not the case then cutting is simple. Just draw a line at 1 foot marks on your pipe with a pencil or chalk. Then you will need to steady the pipe on a hard surface with a ledge. Take your hacksaw and cut a straight line down the pipe.

2. Sand down the edges

You will be reaching in and out of these pipes and you don't want to cut yourself. Get some sandpaper and smooth out the edges on both sides of the cut pipes. Wipe down the pipes with a clean rag to wipe off all the loose plastic from sanding.

3. Paint (optional)

Since our wine rack is going inside a cupboard and won't be seen, I didn't paint mine.

If you want to paint yours make sure you wipe down the pipes with some acetone which will help the paint stick.

Spray paint works best for these pipes. Be sure to spray primer down first and let it dry completely before you add your color.

4. Glue the rack together

I used hot glue to adhere my pipes together. You can use ABS glue also if you are using ABS pipes, be careful because ABS glue is pretty messy and can mess up your paint job if you mess up. It is stronger than hot glue though. Martha was clever enough to use velcro! What a concept, she's so smart haha. Velcro would have worked nice too so you can customize your rack to fit where you want it.

Hot glue worked out fine for me. If you use hot glue make sure you have thick and long sticks of hot glue because it can dry faster than you can put it together. I started by gluing 3 pipes together then laying them off centered on top of each other. I used 9 pipes total but you can use as many or few as you want!

After we put our wine rack in the cupboard we decided to lay it down on its side instead and are going to add more pipes to them as we come across them. Dad said he may be able to pick up some extras laying around the job and bring them home.


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  2. Hey Laura Mae,

    I built a rack out of ABS recently and I was wondering if you were bothered by the smell the plastic pipes give off? You made your rack last summer, have you noticed that the odor dissipates over time?


    1. My wine rack rests inside a cabinet so I haven't had an issue with the smell. You may need to air out the pipes and clean them down with a cleaner. I just used soapy water to clean my pipes before I built the rack which also helps with the glue sticking. Hope that helps!

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