DIY Copper Pipe Bar Cart with Wood Shelves
I love copper pipe! Though it can be expensive, it is really easy to work with to create some really stunning projects. The DIY copper pipe bar cart with wood shelves utilizes copper pipe and fittings for the frame, and has two wood shelves. The entire cart is on casters which makes it really easy to move it around as needed. This cart is the perfect piece for entertaining and dinner parties of all types!
- Strong, fast drying adhesive (such as DAP® Rapid Fuse)
- Epoxy (I used Gorilla Glue epoxy)
- 2 – 1/2″ copper pipe at 10′
- 1 – 1/2″ copper pipe at 5′
- 24 – copper tee fittings
- 4 – 90° copper elbows
- 2 – 45° copper elbows
- 2 – 2′ x 4′ sheets of 3/4″ plywood
- 4 – copper pipe straps
- 8 – 3/4″ screws
- 4 – 2″ casters with sleeves
- 1/2″ pipe cutter
- Extra fine steel wool
Pieces of copper pipe:
- 4 @ 2″ – Caster Legs
- 8 @ 3-1/4″ – Ends Under Shelves
- 4 @ 7-1/4″ – Ends Under Shelves
- 8 @ 25″ – Sides, Support Pieces for Shelves
- 8 @ 2″ – Side Rail Spacers
- 4 @ 22-3/4″ – Legs
- 2 @ 1-1/8″ – Handle Connector
- 2 @ 3-1/2″ – Handle
- 1 @ 15-1/2″ – Handle
- 2 @ 1-1/8″ – End Bar Sides
- 1 – @ 15-1/2″ – End Bar
- 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 15-1/4″ x 26-1/4″
Notes about the project:
Measure the opening for shelves before cutting the plywood. Variations in the cuts of the pipe can affect this measurement but not by much!
Refer to the photos for the orientation of the tees. Use the fast drying adhesive to secure the pipe to the fittings.
Cut the pieces for the caster legs. Use the epoxy the secure the caster sleeve in one end of each piece of pipe making sure the each end of the sleeves are clear to allow for the caster post. Set the pieces aside to let the epoxy cure.
Cut the pieces for the ends that will go under the shelves. Secure the 3-1/4″ pieces of pipe to the end of a tee. Assemble the sides with a 7-1/4″ piece of pipe between the tees.
Add a tee to each end of the ends that will go under the shelves, orienting them as shown in the photo. Insert a 2″ piece of pipe in one end of these tees, with a tee at the other end. There will be four of these assemblies – two for the bottom shelf and two for the top shelf.
Use the 25″ pieces of pipe to connect the end assemblies to each other. There will now be two assemblies. Set one off to the side, then place the other on a flat surface. Insert the legs as shown, then position the second assembly on top.
To create the handle, insert the 3-1/2″ pieces of pipe into a 90° elbow with a 15-1/2″ piece of pipe in between. Insert a 1-1/8″ piece of pipe into the tees on the top of the upper shelf with a 45° elbow on top pointing away from the cart. Insert the handle assembly into the 45° elbows.
Insert a 1-1/8″ piece of pipe into the ends of the remaining 90° elbows with a 15-1/2″ piece of pipe in the center. Insert the ends of the pipe into the tees on the side opposite the handle.
Measure for the shelves, and cut the plywood pieces to fit. Finish the plywood as desired. I used a dark brown stain with the white glue resist technique to create a subtle design.
Buff the copper with the steel wool to remove any lettering or discolorations. Secure the shelves to the shelf supports using the copper pipe straps and 3/4″ screws. Two straps on each support will be plenty secure!
Insert the caster legs into the tees on the bottom of the cart then insert the casters into the sleeves.
That’s it – the perfect piece to use for entertaining or as a decorative piece in the home!
The cart can also be built with PVC pipe then spray painted any color desired. Have any questions about the DIY copper pipe bar cart with wood shelves? Leave a comment below!