Pipe bench organizers

In response to my tool tips posts a few days ago, Chris Steiner sent in these pics and info on the organizing bins and tool holders he built from copper pipe and some mounting hardware.

I can’t stop thinking about ways to use the vast amount of copper pipe scrap that I have lying around. I could take it to the scrap yard — it’s worth $1.50/lb in Minneapolis these days. But why do that when it’s more valuable to me as an organizational medium?

Based on your own creative designs, build a jig to hold the sections of copper to your specifications. Sand all contact areas well and flux generously. Solder a section or two at a time and be extremely careful. This can be a dangerous project Get a plumber to help if you’re not comfortable soldering things not connected to a PCB.



Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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