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Monday, October 6, 2014

diy industrial garment rack - tutorial.

You all remember the DIY Industrial Garment Rack we made last month?
Click here if you missed the story and's a wee insight into our household dynamic.
And my often wacky brain :-)

I promised you the tutorial so here it is!  This was a lot of fun to make and not only did it work perfectly for our overflow of guests last month, it looks awesome too.  Well, according to me at least...

Let's start with the materials. I'm listing the prices for everything [even items I already owned] so you can get a true cost of the project.
materials list and cost:
[1] galvanized pipe [cut in 2 for the vertical bars] @ $14
[1] galvanized pipe [for the top horizontal bar] @ $9.28
[2] galvanized elbows @ $1.62 each = $3.24
[2] galvanized flanges [the cool circle things in the image above] @ $5.17 each = $10.34
[4] spinning casters/wheels @ $3.44 each = $13.76 [spinners are a must especially for this particular project!]
[8] bolts @ $0.24 each = $1.92
[8] washers @ $0.11 each = $0.88
[8] nuts @ $0.06 each = $0.48
[1] 2x6 radius edge cedar plank* [cut in 3 for the base] @ $11.07
[1] 2x6 whitewood stud plank [cut in 2 for the underneath supports] @ $4.26
[1] can Minwax dark walnut wood stain [already owned; used about 1/4 can] @ $4.78
= $74.01 total out of my pocket, not bad!
[*I could've easily used another whitewood stud plank which would've been $7 cheaper, but I liked the rounded edge on the cedar plank]

optional materials, highly recommended:
GoJo pumice hand soap [easiest way to clean the pipes; already owned] @ $3.29
clear spray paint [for sealing the pipe; already owned] @ $3.76
= $81.06 total with optional items

Why I recommend the optional materials:
Have you ever handled galvanized pipe? It's dirty and greasy!
Since this garment rack was going to hold...well...garments, I definitely didn't want dirt and grease anywhere near my guest's clothes. So I wanted to clean the life out of the pipes and fittings, hence the GoJo which worked a treat.

Fair warning: the GoJo will make the pipes shiny so if you don't want that, don't use the GoJo...
but the alternative would be scrubbing those pipes with soapy water for *hours*.  I didn't think I'd like the shiny pipes but I ended up liking the contrast against the rustic wood so it all worked out.

All right! Let's get cookin', shall we?
1. measure and cut the 2x6 cedar plank into [3] 32" long pieces. these pieces will become the base of your rack.
[measuring and marking at 32" long].
2. measure and cut the 2x6 whitewood stud plank into [2] 15" inch long pieces. they will be used on the underside to join the base planks together.
3. lay the 3 top planks upside down and place some nails between the boards to provide a little spacing
4. place the the [2] 15" inch long pieces across the 3 top planks.
5. screw the 15" long pieces to the 3 planks. so not only are these 15" long pieces being used for joining, they're adding extra weight and stability to the rack.

winner winner!
[underside of the wood base].
6. screw the wheels to the 4 corners.
7. stain the wood your desired color; I dry brushed it on so the finish is a bit rustic.
8. flip the base over so it's right-side up.
9. screw the galvanized pipes together, placing the elbows at the top and the flanges at the bottom.
10. have someone hold the pipe setup on the wood base so you can see where you want to secure the flanges to the wood.
11. mark and drill the bolt holes:
[drill holes for flanges].
12. we'll be attaching the metal flange to the top of the rack with bolts, washers, and nuts. optional: drill out a recessed area so the washer is sunk into the wood. again, this part is totally optional; the washer sitting flush against the wood is completely fine.
[totally optional: drill recessed area for washer].
13. drop the bolts through the holes, slide a washer on, and tighten the nut:
[underside with bolt, washer and nut].
And voila, you have yourself a unique industrial garment rack...with wheels. shazam!

Don't you just love the base?

Thanks friends, hope this all makes sense! Of course please ask any questions you like in the comments below and I'll do my best to answer them.

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