I decided to build Paul a bar cart for his birthday this year. I was (of course) inspired by something on Pinterest.
Materials I used
Salvage wood (from Second Use)
Eight x 3/4 inch 90 degree elbows
Twelve x 3/4 inch Tees
Sixteen x 3/4 inch 10 inch nipples
Six x 3/4 inch 12 inch nipples
Twelve x 3/4 inch 5 inch nipples
One x 3/4 inch 8 inch nipple
Four x 3/4 inch couplings
Twelve pipe clamps
Two x 1/2 inch flanges
Two x 1/2 inch 90 degree elbows
One x 1/2 inch coupling
How much it cost
Probably around $180. Those pipes are expensive!
How I built it
So this is trickier than I thought it would be to build! I built the two sides of the frame separately and then try to connect the two together – doesn’t work! I only have one connecting bar in the end, and you can see the spot for the piece I wasn’t able to connect!
My advice: build from the bottom up! So use my below steps as a guideline
I mapped out the framework for the first side on the floor (I actually did this in Home Depot when buying the pipes!) and connected the pieces together. I then mapped out the second side framework.
Before I went to buy the pipes, I actually measured Paul’s bottles and saw that I needed to create the bottom shelf to be at least 16 inches tall so that his taller bottles could sit on the bottom!
I decided to go for three shelves. I used 90 degree elbows on the bottom and top of the frame.
I used Tees and five inch nipples to provide a ‘seat’ for the top two shelves.
For the top shelf, I used couplings to connect across the top barrier.
I was then able to connect the two sides together (but only in one spot because of how I started – you can actually see the nearest side can’t be connected if you look closely).
I then created the bottom stability bar using smaller 1/2 inch pipe fittings.
Then I added the all important Oban (Paul’s favorite!) and an ice bucket.