This week's Tool Time title is "You Conduit" (con du it). You know I love the play on words, especially when I can use a word from the hardware store. Remember this picture below?
I used these conduit pipe straps to make handles for everything in my new sewing room.
Well, this is a picture of the conduit pipe in my basement. Conduit is found in the electrical section. Electricians run the wiring through them into the electrical box. The straps that I used for the handles are what hold the pipe to the wall.
Here is the pre-cut piece of pipe that I purchased. Boy is this stuff cheap. I think a 10 foot length was $1.68. This was a 5 foot piece, which was the exact size I needed. (for some reason this picture is horizontal in my picture file, but downloads the wrong way. I swear it's that Picasa that my daughter downloaded...keeps messing me up)
This is a close up of the label. If you know the measurement of the pipe you need, I'm sure the store could cut it for you...or the man in your life might have a pipe cutter. That thing spins around the pipe and cuts it as you tighten it. I need to steal that from my husband...he'll never miss it!!
Here is another crooked picture...sorry. This is a shot of the bag of brackets that I used to hang the conduit pipe. They are in the same section as the pipes and the other handles that I used.
This style is perfect for where I want to mount it...under the edge of my sewing table. If you are mounting yours some where else, you may need a different style.
You can also use hooks like these, or small curtain brackets.
I placed the bracket under the edge of my cutting table.
Pre drilled a hole, then screwed it in tightly.
this is a shot from underneath.
Now just place your conduit pipe in the holder.
You may need to place some sort of stopper or finial on the end to prevent it from slipping off the bracket. I used 1/2" pipe caps from the plumbing section. You could always just hot glue it in place, you just need to make sure all your rings (which I mention below)are on before you glue it. The "S" hooks aren't a problem, because the just hook on.
Now for the accessories. "S" hooks, curtain clip rings, shower curtain rings...
I used all the hooks here in this picture just to show you, but it all depends on where you might hang your pipe.
Mine is on the front of my cutting table.
So I used the "S" hooks to hang my rulers.
How about rotary cutters or scissors...(just make sure there aren't any little kiddos around who can reach them)
Since my sewing table and cutting table are floating in the middle of the room, not up against a wall, you will have to imagine the next few ideas. If you mount this pipe to the wall over your desk, sewing area, in your kitchen, in your children's room, laundry room, mud room...you can hang "to do" list...
photographs, children's art work, telephone numbers, recipe cards, fabric swatches, inspiration clippings for quilts you want to make, grocery lists, chore charts, report cards...the possibilities are endless.
Here it is on the front of my table. Just make sure no matter where you mount it, that there is enough space on the back side of the pipe for the hooks to slide back and forth. You don't want it mounted flush to the surface.
Here's an extra idea...wouldn't this conduit pipe make great curtain rods for either the country galvanized metal look or the urban industrial look. Soooo much cheaper than a real curtain rod and they come in different widths too. Go take a peek in the electrical aisle...you'll be there a while!!! When the nice man from the hardware store keeps asking you if you need help as you're standing there looking at all those bits and pieces, just tell Karen sent you...he knows who I am!
I also want to let everyone know that a give away is coming soon. My one year blogiversary is January 14th!! Woo Hoo. I don't know what the prize will be, but stay tuned for more info.
Have a great Tuesday,
ps. maybe some day I'll post something I've sewn...this is a quilting blog after all!