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Old 2005-12-10, 7:30pm
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I just bought a length of PVC pipe to cut into pieces for glass storage. I'm just wondering how those of you who use it have mounted it ... and also how long did you cut the sections of PVC? Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 2005-12-10, 8:03pm
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I cut mine in 1 foot sections and glued it togeather with pvc cement. the first rach I did was built up like a triangle. ( legths glued togeather then others glued in between where they meet) it got too large rapidly and I gave it to a teaching studio because it was large enough to fit on their table between 6 students (ugh) my new one is glued togeather like a square/rectangle. ( each length basically glued to 4 others.) Both get heavy fast. Takes myself and another man to move mine at this point. But no other shelving is needed and it is basically impossible at its current height to be knocked over. also the pvc pipe I used is large enough to comfortably hold more than a pound of glass. Also the little "squares" made when the pipe is glued togeather is great for holding the stringers- I simply put them in the right hand top hole nearest the pipe of the rods I pulled it from. Hope this explaination is clear enough to help.

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Old 2005-12-10, 9:07pm
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I bought some cheap plastic shelves that I put my pvc pipes in. I didn't glue them, just stacked. I think Shawnette has the same shelves and a picture of it here somewhere. I'll look for it.
Found it: http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3430
I got 4 of these so I can seperate types of glass by box.
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Old 2005-12-10, 9:09pm
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I am always about over securing things.. We cut them in 12 inch lengths and then glued them and wrapped the entire thing in decorative duct tape.. I make duct tape purses, so mine is covered in all different colors..
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Old 2005-12-10, 10:33pm
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Stacking worked well for me, no mounting required.

I built a stand with scrap wood, and it is basically a rectangular box with supports that sits at a 60 degree angle so gravity keeps the tubes in place. Construction took 20 min. The weight of the glass prevents anything from moving around and it's such an easy solution! Also, if you mount at an angle the tubes can be shorter, and you can see all of the colors better.

I also used heavy, commercial-grade paper towel tubes instead of PVC piping - a pound of glass fits in each and they're extremely sturdy. Plus they were free, already at the right length, and light enough that the whole glass rack can still be moved if need be. I think the length of each is around 8 inches - but take that number with a shaker of salt.

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Old 2005-12-10, 10:49pm
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Thank you so much for the link to the other thread! I think I am going to be taking back my PVC pipe (or maybe make some sort of lazy susan type of stringer storage with it) and perhaps I'll get one of those nifty blue cabinets that Gail has ... that thing looks great! I'll have to ask her where she found the plastic inserts ...
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Old 2005-12-11, 9:10am
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I put the PVC pipe into kitty litter buckets. Empty of course. That way I can move them around when I need/want to since they have handles.
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Old 2005-12-11, 12:17pm
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I stuck my PVC tubes in a plastic milk crate... Make several, they stack, they move easily... If you put a piece of hardboard or plywood in bottom of crate before putting in PVC tubing you can stand "storage system" so rods are vertical or horizontal and the will not go through back/bottom.



Think it took 6 lengths (10ft lengths) of 1-1/2 Schedule 40 PVC pipe to create one unit. Tubes are cut 11 inches long Milk crate is 12 x18 style... It produced 63 storage tubes...

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I just used PVC glue, it sets up in seconds !
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What did you guys use to cut those pvc pipes so cleanly?
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Old 2006-01-04, 4:59pm
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What did you guys use to cut those pvc pipes so cleanly?
Saw.... You could use a hacksaw, wood saw... Whatever... I actually cut mine with a power "table saw"... If here is any burrs or roughness a little sandpaper can clean that up... Basically any tools that will cut wood will work...

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Old 2006-01-06, 5:07pm
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Default re: pvc pipe for glass storage

I used a bandsaw to cut mine then used sandpaper to smooth the rough edges. Mine are stacked in a old freezer basket and an adjustable rack. I put a piece of ceiling tile in the back of it so that the rods didn't go thru it. They are not mounted. Since they are stacked and snug against each other, they don't move.

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Old 2006-01-06, 6:12pm
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I think mine is the prettiest:

I stacked them up in cardbord boxes but when its done it looks much cleaner than you would think. I also like how the tubes are stacked square instead of all randomish and how it is easy to label every tube (I just folded a peice of paper down and stuck the long side inbetween the tubes).
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Gosh Ryan i wish i was THAT organized... hee hee... i dont have anywhere to put my glass rods, hee hee
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I just added more layers of PVC. It is easy if you are using PVC cement, to stack them in Pyramids and them invert 2 inside of 3!
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Old 2006-01-06, 9:22pm
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I think mine is the prettiest:

I stacked them up in cardbord boxes but when its done it looks much cleaner than you would think. I also like how the tubes are stacked square instead of all randomish and how it is easy to label every tube (I just folded a peice of paper down and stuck the long side inbetween the tubes).

That studio is just for show. NOBODY has one that clean or orderly...

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Old 2006-01-06, 10:03pm
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Its not really for show but I just got set up this week and that was before I started torching. Now there are little bits of glass everywhere.
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Dale, I did the same thing only with square pvc pipes (downspouts) cut in 12 inch lengths. Two 10 foot downspouts fit perfectly into one milk crate, and the best part for me was you can get the guy at the hardware store to cut them for you!
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Old 2006-01-06, 11:10pm
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My husband bought some PVC cutters at Lowe's that work really well. They were about $5 from what I remember. We also bought some storage box things at Staples and didn't put the shelves in them. We filled them up with PVC pipe and it works well. I will try to add a picture later. We used smaller size PVC pipe in some spots to make it all fit really snug. I use that for stringers.
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I agree with Veda!! Why use round tubes when one can just use square PVC guttering. Comes in 10 foot lenghts and you just cut it, stack it, glue it all together with PVC glue. It takes up much less area than round tubes and much easier to cut and put together. Available at most hardware stores like Home Depot, Lowes, etc. It's exactly what Arrowsprings glass racks are made of. I thought everyone out there was doing this!!??
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I think mine is the prettiest:

I stacked them up in cardbord boxes but when its done it looks much cleaner than you would think. I also like how the tubes are stacked square instead of all randomish and how it is easy to label every tube (I just folded a peice of paper down and stuck the long side inbetween the tubes).
What an awesome studio, Ryan! I can't wait to see what you come up with from it!

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Hey, I clean mine daily - I have a six year old and three cats - if I don't clean every day, someone or something is gonna get hurt! Besides, I create better when I can find my tools on the bench, lol.

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Lynnie, do I see glass nubs with a tag on them stuck to the wall?. What a good idea. Do you mind if I use your idea? Thanks. Pam BTW great looking storage in all the pics.
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I use the 1" thin-wall PVC, cut into 1' lengths, for most colors, and the bigger stuff for large quantities. I like the 1" thin-wall because it costs $1.15 per ten-foot length, and it holds exactly one pound of glass. It helps discourage me from overstocking and tying up a bunch of money in glass that will sit there for a year before I use it. I try now to only have more than a pound at a time in colors I go through really fast.

I stack it all in a wood bookshelf, and each COE has its own shelf.
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I like the 1" thin-wall because it costs $1.15 per ten-foot length, and it holds exactly one pound of glass.
You know, that might also be a great setup for folks that have to do inventory - sure would make estimating your pounds of glass in stock a lot easier! I'd imagine you can look at one of the pipes and tell pretty quick how much of a pound is left in it?

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I used to have all of mt glass in the round PVC pipe and stacked pyramid style. Glued it with PVC glue. One day, (2 xmases ago) I heard this sound of glass breaking and falling. I thought it was my xmas tree. (w/ a 3 year old boy, you never know), wasn't that. I didn't go in my garage for a few days. When I finally went in all of my beautiful glass was all over the floor and the PVC had just given out and collapsed. I glued the entire length of each tube when I made it. So, I switched to square PVC in a milkcrate. After talking to some people, they said that glue works when you glue your sprinklers together in a different way than the length of the pipe-usually you go around it and put it together with a connecter. So those of you that have it pyramid style with no support around it, I hope you don't go through the heartbreak I did. Duct tape sounds like a good idea. or something to hold it together.
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Thanks for the heads up on your glass disaster. You just changed me back to building a wooden container for the PVC. I had decided to just glue the pipe together, but I don't think I want to risk it now.

Hope you didn't lose too much glass to breakage!

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Thanks for the heads up on your glass disaster. You just changed me back to building a wooden container for the PVC. I had decided to just glue the pipe together, but I don't think I want to risk it now.

Hope you didn't lose too much glass to breakage!

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Thanks for starting this thread. I have a ton of unorganized glass that I really need to get under control. Seeing everyone's ideas is inspiring me to actually go to Home Depot and get some PVC and get my glass organized.
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I use gutter downspout stacked in an old steel lab cabinet gotten at auction.

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