LIQUOR! “Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear.” Wait… Come to think about it, it seems like a lot the projects here are “adult beverage” related. First the Beer Sign, then the Beer Carrying Tote; I think I might have an alcohol-DIY-related issue. Oh well, I’ll worry about that later.
Instead, I need to help all of you with an awesome industrial pipe liquor dispenser. Or, for the people who don’t drink or are looking to make this craft project with their kids, a soda dispenser! Either way, it’s fun, unique and sure to spark conversation with guests in the kitchen. So let’s begin…
How to Make a Liquor / Soda Dispenser from Industrial Pipe
Tools Needed for this Project:
If you have some lying around the shop, you’ll only two pieces of 1″ x 6″ x 13″ wood stock. If you don’t have some, just click the link below and start cutting:
As for the industrial piping, we’ll need a couple different pieces. All of them are in 3/4″-inch. You’ll need:
Other goodies you can pull from around your shop (if you don’t have them already) are:
Life Made Simple – Cut List
Very simple cut list this time, as we only have the small wooden base we need to cut. You’ll need:
Step One – Lay Out Your Pieces and Paint
From the shopping list above, start first with laying out your pieces to make sure everything fits and you aren’t missing any. Assuming both of those statements are correct, you’ll want to start with spray paint. I used Rust-Oleum Gold Metallic Spray Paint and Primer In One, but this step is totally up to you! If you want a blue liquor dispenser, make a blue liquor dispenser! I won’t silence your creativity. 🙂
Now, depending on which spray paint you use, you’ll likely need a few coats, all of which take a few hours to dry in between. So as you wait for the coats of paint to dry, you can continue on to Step Three below with the woodworking. No point in twiddling your thumbs.
Step Two – A Nice, Hand-Tight, Pipe Job!
Carefulllll… don’t let the title suggest otherwise! #phrasing
We’re just twisting some pieces of industrialized pipe together, nice and tight! If you recall, this will be very similar to how it was done in both the Man Cave Beer Sign and the Industrialized Pipe Towel Holder.
Once all the pieces are painted and have dried, we’ll start with inserting our 3/4-inch+ cork in the top of our 4-inch galvanized pipe (as shown in the photo below). The purpose of this is to block the flow of ‘crunk juice’ (aka the liquid), so it goes right out the faucet, instead of out the bottom of the stand. Make sure all your pieces are together nice and tight, and use a soft rubber vice grip if needed (so you don’t strip the paint off as you’re tightening everything). We’ll finish this step up with a few quick coats of clear spray paint.
Step Three – Woodworking, My Favorite Part
Using the (2) two pieces of 1″ x 6″ x 13″ wood we cut above in the Cut List, we’re going to start with making a 4-inch hole in only one of the two pieces. This hole will serve as a resting place for our glass, as we use it underneath the faucet top. I marked a spot 2-inches in from both the top and bottom, and 2.75-inches from the end. With a single mark, use your speed hole saw and make your 4-inch hole.
With your hole cut, stack your two pieces of wood stock on top of each other and glue them together. Wait the recommended 1-hour wait time for the glue to dry, then proceed with a good 60-grit and 220-grit sanding. I also decided to round out the edges with the sander as well, just for a smooth finish. You could also use a router to do that if you want, totally up to you.
Step Four – Stain and Finish the Wooden Base
Ok, so let’s figure things out here. The Industrial Piping is assembled, painted gold and ready to be mounted to the base, and the wooden base is cut and sanded. So that just means we need to stain and poly the wooden base, and we’re good to go! So, let’s do that! 🙂
Using your Minwax English Chestnut Wood Stain, apply at least two coats of stain. Once dry, you can follow that up with at least three coats of Minwax Polycrylic Finish for gloss and protection. I’d also sand with 220-grit in between each coat of poly, just to make sure you have a 100% smooth finish.
Step Five – Yay! You’re Done! Victory Shots!
And there you have it! You’re all done assembling your Industrial Pipe Liquor Dispenser! Now fill it up with your libation of choice! Johnnie Walker to Patron, enjoy all your hard work!
Oh wait, legal disclaimer! “ActiviDIY isn’t responsible for your celebrating too much, then trying to make cookies because you were hungry, which unfortunately set your house on fire after you forgot to turn off your stove!”.
Ok… now have fun.
Step Six – Share, Like, Comment, Purchase
Please share, like, comment to let your friends know about this post. They MIGHT just appreciate some self-dispensing, alcohol related decor.
If you found this DIY project to be too difficult, or don’t have enough time to complete it, feel free to purchase it from my Etsy shop! I mean, we’ll eventually run out of room in our house if we keep everything we make, so it’s win/win!