Friday, March 18, 2011

Episode 002 Pot Rack

Introducing the quick project rundown.  I'll start including this at the beginning of each entry.

  • PROJECT: Pot Rack  
  • STEPS: 5 
  • EPISODE LENGTH: 20 min (in 2 parts) 
  • DIFFICULTLY LEVEL: Level 2 Wrench 
  • MATERIALS: window frame, copper piping, Milford brackets, pot hooks, lag hooks, chain 
Hey, hey, hey!  Here's ep. #2, Potrack that we built for newly weds Mike & Jess Gore.  They have very little cabinet space at their house and keeping the pots on the floor wasn't an option anymore since the mice took up residence.

STEP 1: GET MATERIALS.  We used a window frame,  (2 pieces) copper piping,  (4) steel 6" Milford hangers, (4) hanging hooks for the frame, (4) lag hooks for the ceiling, (4 pieces) of 2' chain, and (12) hooks to hang the pots and pans. The pot rack was built using a window frames that we found in Mike's basement.  The copper piping & hooks came from the hardware store.  We built this for $31.25 compared to the average $150.00 that are in stores.

STEP 2: LOCATE CEILING JOISTS & MEASURE FOR THE HOOKS.  The ceiling joists are the horizontal beams that run parallel across the room from wall to wall. They are what hold up the ceiling.  Using a stud finder, we dragged it across the ceiling to find our beams. They are usually 16" apart, sometimes 20".  Ours we 16".

Once we found the beams, we were ready to measure for our lag hooks that we would hang the pot rack from. Continuing to use the stud finder, we measured an imaginary 33" x 16" rectangle.  On each of those corners (see the pink dots) we made a mark because that's where we will screw in our lag hooks.  Notice that we are hanging are the hooks 1" from the edge of the actual window frame.  That's so that our chains will hang at a slight angle.

Next, screw the lag hooks into the ceiling.
STEP 3: MEASURE & SCREW HOOKS INTO THE WINDOW FRAME. Measure 3/4" from the edge on every corner to screw in your hooks for hanging from the ceiling.

Turn the frame upside down.  On the short sides, measure 3/4" from the top and 4" from each edge.  Screw in the Milford brackets.  These will hold our copper piping.
STEP 4: CUT PIPE.  Cut the copper piping into (2) 32" pieces.  The window frame is 31" across. The brackets are 1/2" wide.  Since there is one bracket on each side, it's a total of 1" extra that we should add to the piping for a total length of 32" per piece.  NOTE: Some hardware store will cut it for you, but if not, you can buy a pipe cutter for $16, our do like we did and use a hacksaw to cut the pipe.  This took for-ev-er...just so ya know.

STEP 5: ASSEMBLE RACK & HANG.  Once cut, loosen the screws on the bracket & slide your piping into the slot.  Before we did this, we went ahead and slid the pot hooks onto the piping. If you look hard enough, you can see Mike being suggestive with the piece of pipe on the right.

Coming into the home stretch, we then hung our chains from the lag hooks that were previously attached to the ceiling.  Once the chains were hung, we connected the window frame by the hooks we previously attached, to the chains.  It's super easy to adjust the height that you need.  Just count the chain links evenly on each side and let the access chain sit on top of the frame- out of sight, our of mind.

Look at this hotness!  Not too shabby. And since the pane of glass is still intact, Mike and Jess use that to store the pot lids.
This project cost us $31.23 compared to the average $200 ones that I found online.  By making this ourselves, we saved $269.77.  Why buy it? Let's Just Make That!
One more glamour shot from the underside.

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