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Galvanized pipe rack for our grill – so cool and so simple!

Jul 18 2016 -
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A tutorial on how to build a galvanized pipe rack for towels and utensils. I finished up our new grill station just this last weekend and a lot of the awesomeness of it comes from the project that was the easiest and took me the least amount of time! Our pipe rack! Check out the grill station by clicking here! First, you need to gather your tools/pipe pieces.

(ALL of these pipe pieces are 1/2″ size/diameter pipe – you can certainly buy smaller or bigger pipe depending on what you need the rack for)

  • 1 pipe at 12″ long
  • 2 pipes at 6″ long
  • 2 pipe caps
  • 2 pipe attachment ring thingies (I’m sure that’s the professional name)
  • 2 pipe Ts

This project is the perfect example of my very favorite kind of project: Just gather your tools and assemble! (Really any kind of DIY project is just adult LEGOs isn’t it?) I grabbed my Dewalt impact driver and some leftover torque screws from my previous project. A Note: if you haven’t purchased yourself an impact driver as opposed to a regular drill yet I strongly suggest you make the purchase entirely for yourself – you deserve it. You can buy one using that affiliate link for around $100 on Amazon but every great once in awhile Ace has an incredible deal on a two battery and Impact driver Dewalt combo that literally gives you two batteries for the price of just the impact driver (so don’t purchase online if you can help it) go check out your local hardware store etc.


How to build an easy inexpensive galvanized pipe DIY grill and towel rack for outside on your deck or in your backyard. How to build an easy inexpensive galvanized pipe DIY grill and towel rack for outside on your deck or in your backyard.

So my “gathering of tools” means (for me anyway): a pack of cigarettes and lighter, a little radio for good tunes, a cold beer, all of the above listed pipe pieces, my impact driver, a tape measure and torque screws but it did NOT include the one thing I actually really needed: a pair of gloves. So it turns out that steel is sharp – who knew?! Little itty bitty nasty skin biting/shredding bits of leftover steel, from when they cut out the threads, will draw your blood so quick and painlessly you won’t even believe it until it’s everywhere. There ended up a lot more wounds/blood then this picture gives credit to but at that point I didn’t want to touch my phone anymore to take more gruesome photos for your information, just don’t be an idiot like me – wear gloves!

Honestly I just spent the last ten minutes trying to type up step by step instructions but once you have these pipe pieces in your hand its so obvious and easy – you can’t screw this up! lol – you just screw it all together! The caps go on the ends of each of the 6 inch pipes, then you screw them into the Ts, then the 12″ pipe goes between the Ts, then the little pieces of pipes go into the Ts and then on go the attachment ring thingies that I am too lazy to look up the official name for and, you’re done! Attach wherever you need a tremendously solid rack! (It dawned on me that this would be darned cool as a kind of handle for something too.)

How to build an easy inexpensive galvanized pipe DIY grill and towel rack for outside on your deck or in your backyard.How to build an easy inexpensive galvanized pipe DIY grill and towel rack for outside on your deck or in your backyard.How to build an easy inexpensive galvanized pipe DIY grill and towel rack for outside on your deck or in your backyard.How to build an easy inexpensive galvanized pipe DIY grill and towel rack for outside on your deck or in your backyard.

Come back next week when I get to show you guys what I did with a wedding present we received from my brother and sister-in-law. They gave us a beautiful piece of granite and I put it outside on our deck on an all new grill station I just finished!

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20 Comments

  1. October 23, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Love this!! We have an outdoor buffet with a towel rack, but I think this type of pipe rack would look SO much better. Thanks for the awesome idea!

  2. November 15, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    What a great idea – we need one of these by our BBQ! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party!

  3. November 17, 2016 at 5:13 am

    I love the look of the galvanized pipe, and it’s perfect for outdoors. What a useful DIY project. Thanks for sharing your tutorial at the #HomeMattersParty – hope you’ll link up again on Friday!

    • November 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you Nicole, I’ll be there!

  4. November 18, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Ouchie, those steel filings hurt like crap. The pipe rack looks great though Tarah, I love the whole Industrial look and you’re right it would look awesome as a handle on a barn door or something like that 😉

  5. December 1, 2016 at 10:40 am

    This looks so cool! Those pipes bite! You could put one of those racks anywhere! Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

    • December 1, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      Thanks for coming by Lori!

  6. Jann Olson
    December 6, 2016 at 4:04 am

    What a great addition to your grilling station! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  7. December 16, 2016 at 2:27 am

    I wish I’d seen this before building my outdoor bar last summer. It would have gone perfectly with the corrugated steel front. It looks great. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    • December 16, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Oooh yeah this would be great beside corrugated steel, I bet your bar is awesome! Thanks for coming by Leslie!

  8. December 16, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Wow…what a neat idea! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  9. December 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Great idea! Have a wonderful Holiday! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

    • December 20, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks Sherry, you too!

  10. February 15, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Hi,
    Thanks for bringing your post to the Blogger’s Pit Stop last week.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

    • February 15, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks for coming by Janice!

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