Project Overview

Here’s a great way to keep your jewellery all in one place. With just a few spare plumbing parts and a bit of timber, you can make this stylish copper jewellery stand and never misplace your valuables again. Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Measure and mark for the stand
2 Drill the hole for the jewellery tree
3 Sand and varnish the base
4 Measure and cut the pipe for the stand
5 Insert the stand into the base
6 Trim the top of the pipe
7 Layout your design
8 Glue the stand together
9 Polish the stand
  • Step 1. Measure and mark for the stand

    Where you want your jewellery tree to stand on the base is up to you. We’re putting ours in the middle and to one end of the hardwood base. We’ve marked the spot on the underside of the base, so that the pencil marks aren’t visible on the top.

  • Step 2. Drill the hole for the jewellery tree

    Put on your safety equipment before using the drill. Clamp the base to the workbench. Using the 20mm spade bit, drill a quarter of the way through the hardwood base, where you marked. Change over to the 12mm drill bit and drill until the tip is just pointing through the base. Turn the wood over and drill through the base.
  • Step 3. Sand and varnish the base

    Use the sandpaper and sanding block to lightly sand the base to remove any pencil marks. Wipe away any dust and apply a coat of varnish to the base and leave to dry. Then lightly sand it again and wipe away any dust. Apply a second coat of varnish and let it dry.

  • Step 4. Measure and cut the pipe for the stand

    Measure the length for the base of the jewellery stand. Make it a little longer than you want because you will trim it later. Use the pipe cutter to cut the pipe. A handy tip when using a pipe cutter is not to overtighten it. To do this, tighten the cutter a little bit after every revolution to give you a cleaner cut.

  • Step 5. Insert the stand into the base

    Clamp the base to the workbench. Use the hammer to tap the pipe into the base so that it pokes through the other side. Place the flaring tool over the bottom of the pipe and hit it with a hammer several times. Then remove the flaring tool. Gently tap the pipe into the base until it’s secure.

  • Step 6. Trim the top of the pipe

    Because the top of the pipe will be damaged after being hit with the hammer, use the pipe cutter to trim the top of it.

  • Step 7. Layout your design

    Measure and cut the pipe to match your design. Lay out the pieces of pipe on the workbench so that you can see how it looks before you glue it together. Once you’re happy with the design, it’s time to build your jewellery stand.

  • Step 8. Glue the stand together

    Put on your disposable gloves and dust mask. Apply the Boston liquid sealant to the pipe, elbows and T-sections to glue the jewellery stand together. Assemble it one piece at a time. Once you’ve finished your stand, glue end caps to the ends of the pipes. Then let the glue dry according to the instructions on the package.

  • Step 9. Polish the stand

    Once the glue has dried, use a soft cloth and Brasso to give your jewellery stand a fantastic finish. Put your stand in place and hang your favourite jewellery on it. 

Tools and Materials


  • Drill
  • Dust mask
  • Ear muffs
  • Flaring tool
  • Gloves
  • Hammer
  • Hand held pipe cutter
  • Paint brush
  • Polishing cloth
  • Sand paper
  • Sanding block


  • 120 – 180 grit sandpaper
  • 12mm & 20mm spade bits
  • 12mm copper pipe
  • 12mm copper pipe T’s, elbows and ends
  • 265mm x 110mm hardwood base
  • Boston liquid sealant
  • Brasso metal polish
  • Wood varnish

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