We needed a rectangular-shaped shower curtain rod to hang above our claw foot tub to make it usable as a shower. These curtain rods can be very expensive, so Josh decided to custom build ours using copper pipes. The result is both functional and attractive.To get started, Josh noted the measurements needed to fit our claw foot tub. Most standard curtain rods for free-standing tubs are smaller, but we wanted to maintain the large space the tub offers. He drew a few sketches, made a materials list, and then picked up supplies at the hardware store.
Materials and Tools:
- copper pipes
- copper elbow joints and t-joints
- pipe cutter
- fitting brush
- propane welding torch
- metal mounts and screws
Here’s a quick overview of the process:
Cut the pipes to the required lengths using a pipe cutter. Next, prepare the interior of the pipe by cleaning it with a fitting brush.
Then coat the surfaces you’re going to solder with flux paste. This creates a temporary adhesion until the soldering process creates a stronger bond, and it also pulls the solder into the joint as it’s heated onto the pipe.
To make the curtain rod, continue to connect all the pieces through the soldering method using elbow joints and t-joints. Make sure to level the arms before soldering the last two joints to ensure sure it hangs correctly (as seen in the photo above with metal mounts).
Once the entire rod is soldered and cool, it can be installed.
We are excited to see how the copper ages – a patina may develop from oxidation and moisture, so that could look neat!
Stay tuned for our reveal of the entire completed bathroom renovation.