Make this wood and copper storage to show off your washi tape collection!
Hi my name is Emma and I am a washi tape addict. My storage solution for housing my addiction was inadequate to say the least, so something had to be done. My initial idea was to indulge my love of copper with some pipe, but I soon realised that it would be tricky to cut with my limited tools, not to mention awkward to cart home from B&Q on the number 58 bus. So, I switched to using wooden dowling, getting my copper fix with some caps.
You will need:
-Copper ‘Stop Ends’ 15mm These are meant for plumbing!
-Drill bits 4mm & 8mm
-Saw or Hacksaw
-Optional, an awl or centre point
1.First lets cut the base out of the wood strip. Mark 25cm/10″, making sure the line is straight, then cut. Pine is nice and soft, so cuts easily even with a basic junior hacksaw like mine.
2.Now easure and cut 3 x 25cm/10″ lengths of the dowling
3.Now you have your components, we need to fix them together.
4.Take the base and put three marks where you want your holes. To get them equal, I first marked the middle, then marked either side.
5.Now its time for power tools! Using a 4mm drill bit, drill holes at each of the 3 marks (I began by using an awl to start the hole before going in with the drill). Now we are going to get a bit clever and use a larger 8mm drill bit to create a ‘counter-sink’, which is just a lip where the head of the screw can sit, instead of sticking out. You only need to drill down a couple of milimetres.
6.Take each of your pieces of dowling and drill a hole at one end. The holes only need to be as deep as your screws are long. I swear I did aim to make the holes in the centre of the dowling, but I *may* have gone a bit wonky.
7.Now its time to screw everything together. I started by putting the screw through the base until the tip is just poking out the other side, then bring the dowling in and carry on. Repeat for the other two pieces of dowling. It was only at this point that I realised that what I had created was essentially a particularly sturdy cricket wicket. Shh, no one will notice once the washi tapes are on…
8.The finishing touch is to hammer the copper ends onto the tops of the dowling. I needed to sand the ends down slightly so they would fit, but you still want them to be tight, as this means no glue is needed. Sand down the rest of the edges so they are nice and smooth.
9.Pop your washi tapes on and you are done!