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  1.  
    My girlfriend would like a rustic sink, I was thinking along the lines of using an old saucepan for the sink and making a copper tap from a simple piece of copper and a gate valve.

    Has anyone done this before?

    One of the issues I have is that the sink will need to sit on top of the shelf that is boxing/hiding the cistern.

    I would need some kind of flexible waste to position the sink. I guess I would need some kind of special trap that would hold the sink to the worktop...?

    Any tips for drilling a saucepan, or copper bowl or similar?
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2017
     
    Posted By: Victorianecomaking a copper tap from a simple piece of copper and a gate valve.

    A normal brass garden tap looks fairly rustic?

    I would need some kind of flexible waste to position the sink. I guess I would need some kind of special trap that would hold the sink to the worktop...?

    I would cut a hole in the worktop big enough that the waste fits through easily, completely separate from the worktop. I'd glue the basin to the worktop with some MS adhesive sealant. Most basins have a dimple in the bottom that the waste sits in, so the top of the waste is still the lowest point in the basin. If you fit a waste in a flat-bottomed pan, you will have a puddle left in the pan after you pull the plug.
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2017
     
    If you use a pan on top of the work top remember to make the worktop lower. Wall mounted tap?


    Google images has ideas...

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=rustic+sink&client=tablet-android-pega&prmd=sivn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjDtp3Ev9_VAhUDa1AKHXKnBgUQ_AUIESgC&biw=960&bih=600
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2017
     
    If you use a pan on top of the work top remember to make the worktop lower. Wall mounted tap?

    Have a look at a large jam pan. Lots on eBay, some in copper.

    Google images has ideas...

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=rustic+sink&client=tablet-android-pega&prmd=sivn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjDtp3Ev9_VAhUDa1AKHXKnBgUQ_AUIESgC&biw=960&bih=600
  2.  
    I wonder if one could 'dress' a 'dimple' into a copper pan to take the waste. Certainly can be done, but whether DIY-able will depend on thickness, tenacity and one's experience with hammers and mallets.
  3.  
    What about one of those Ceramic coated (on the inside) jam pans?
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2017
     
    Even more difficult to dress a dimple!?
  4.  
    I'll have you know I have the best-dressed dimple in town.
  5.  
    You can't put a dimple in a ceramic pan 'cos you would probably chip all the ceramic to hell and gone.

    If I was going to dress a dimple into a copper pan I think I would make a wooden form to the shape for the underside of the pan and dress into that. It would probably be worth annealing the area first.
  6.  
    Hopperhead?

    Not clear what size of sink you want - whether for a bathroom, loo, utility, or kitchen.

    But if you used some sort of rainwater hopperhead - either a copper one or something salvaged eg Victorian cast iron - then it already has a hole in the bottom designed for drainage. Picking a place at random:

    eg http://www.coppagutta.co.uk/hopperheads.htm

    That place also do bespoke

    eg http://www.coppagutta.co.uk/bespoke.htm

    Or a commercial supplier who does larger rainwater goods

    http://www.associatedlead.co.uk/copper-rainwater-systems.html

    I found 2 x 1920 ish cast iron ones under my lawn when I removed it. They are now planters.

    Ferdinand
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