DIY Copper and Wood Slice Dessert Stand

Just call me a puzzle solver. I love looking in a cupboard and fridge and figuring out what can be pulled together and whipped into a delicious meal. The same is true for my crafting. One of my absolute favorite things to do is to look up in our Zest attic space, pull a couple of elements together and see what I can make! It is the ultimate creative thrill….at least in my book 😉 .
This project is a perfect case in point. We had some wood slices lying around, and I kinda wanted to do something with them. Hahahaha and I couldn’t help myself with involving copper! If you have been keeping up to speed with the blog, you will know that copper has become a relative obsession over here at Zest. Yep, my brain went: wood slices + copper pipe = a dessert stand! Duhhhhh…..LOL

Three wood slices, a wood dowel, gorilla glue, copper pipe, a pipe cutter, two connectors, two end caps and a T-connector lying on a concrete floor

3 wood slices
1/2″ copper pipe (type M) 5′ long
pipe cutter
Gorilla Glue Super Glue Gel
1/2″ copper coupling connector with stop
1/2″ copper T connector
drill with 1/2″ bit
butcher block oil (like linseed oil)
1/2″ wood dowel (only need about 5″ length)
small piece of sheet metal
1 screw

Using a 1/2

Start with a 1/2″ drill bit and drilling a hole straight in the center of each wood slice. Follow up with sanding them smooth and “sealing” them with a quick wipe of butcher block oil. The butcher block oil will nourish the wood while maintaining the surface to be food safe.

Sanding each wood slice smooth
Sealing the wood slices with butcher block oil

Grabbing your pipe cutter, mark your measurements along the pipe at 4.5″, 7.5″, 8″ and twice at 2″. Follow the instructions for your pipe cutter by lining up your mark, tightening it down, and turning it while you continue to tighten it down until it falls off.

Using a pipe cutter to cut copper pipe into segments

Using your screw, attach the small piece of wood dowel to the small piece of sheet metal. Then prep the dowel with Gorilla Glue Super Glue Gel for slipping the 8″ piece of copper pipe over it.

Using a wood screw to attach a flat piece of metal to the bottom of a small piece of wood dowelSlipped the copper pipe over the dowel and is slipping the largest bottom wood slice over the copper pipe through the drilled hole
Using gorilla glue on the wood dowel to prepare it for the copper pipeShowing the bottom of the bottom wood slice with the metal underneath

Once the copper pipe is in place, slip over the bottom wood slice through the center hole drilled earlier. You can see that the sheet metal provides a nice anchor on the bottom of the stand. Now, glue a coupling connector in place.

Placing a connector on the copper pipe
Using gorilla glue inside the connector to prepare it for more pipe

Filling the inside of the coupling connector with more glue, you can now attach the 7.5″ piece of copper pipe. The second wood slice will slip over this section of pipe, but will be stopped by the coupler from slipping all the way down. I used more glue on the pipe itself, so that the wood slice would not only be stopped by the coupler, but be glued in place.

Slipping copper pipe into the top of the connector
Using gorilla glue on the pipe above the connector so that the wood slice wood be glued into place one the second wood slice was slipped over the pipe

Repeat the same steps for attaching the third wood slice. Add a coupler, then the 7.5″ piece of pipe, and glue everything secure before sliding the third slice into place.

The third wood slice being slipped into place on the copper pipe

Top with a T shaped handle by assembling the T connector with the two 2″ pieces of pipe and the end caps. Make sure to glue everything secure.

Topping the stand with a T handle created with the T-connector, two 2

Allow enough time for the glue to fully cure before using your new copper and wood slice dessert stand to serve.

Close up of the bottom of the dessert stand loaded with fresh scones and jam
Full picture of the copper and wood slice dessert stand loaded with fresh scones and jam

I love the stature of this piece. It is airy by design, but tall enough to house some serious cupcakes with towering frosted tops! The mixture of rustic with modern clean lines is delightful, but the simplicity of skill in whipping this DIY project up makes it a complete winner!