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Garden Hose Cart
Janet in Portland, OR made this useful
garden hose cart
adapted from the free plans you can get here.
Portable Bike Stand
bike stand was made by Gabe in Phoenix, AZ
Carved PVC Pipe
Pen & Pencil Holder
Piece for Table, Mantle or Wherever
Glass Rack (to be Mounted
Upside Down to Hold Glasses
Kurt in Pennsylvania carves and then stains
PVC Pipe to create interesting wood-like objects.
Dremel Drill Press
neat and innovative project from Johnny B. Just goes to
show... you can make nearly anything with PVC pipe when
you put your mind to it!
Life Jacket Cart
Life Jacket Cart Seen at a Resort
Sports Bottle Drying Rack
As a weekend cyclist, I am often at the
wrath of my wife for filling up her dish drying rack
with my cleaned water bottles. I came up with a simple,
cheap alternative water bottle drying rack.
Using 1/2-inch PVC pipe, I cut 4 pieces to an 8-inch
length and 17 pieces to a 1 1/2-inch length. Then I used
8 Tees, 4 Ells and 8 Caps to assemble the rack capable
of drying 4 water bottles and their lids. Best part is
that when not in use the rack can be folded flat for
Assembly time including cutting pipe: 15 minutes. Cost:
Garage Storage Rack
Frank in North Carolina made this
handy storage rack with 1 1/2-inch PVC pipe and
5-way fittings. He says it can be expanded and
taken down, if you move.
Denise C. in California
says this lemonade stand was presented as a “kit” that
her grandchildren had to put together in order to
More information, along with sample pages from the kit’s
instruction booklet, can be found at the CrackerjackTheater.com
Swimming Pool Hose Reel
hose on reel
unwinding hose by gravity
1. The hose is vertically wound on the
reel, the interior water of the wet hose can drain out
from lower end opening of the hose even after the hose
being wound in order.
2. To release any twisting and kinking of
the hose in the water, an arm gets the hose untangled in
advance of winding on the reel
3. The vertical reel can be removed from
the base frame to unwind the hose by gravity (it's
4. It also can carry and store a hose,
brush, vacuum head and leaf rake.
I made this first
rendition of a bicycle rack with 1-1/2" pipe. I
heated the pipe and flattened it to fit onto my
hitch. The straps make it pretty stable. I will
probably strap it down better as I come up with
John in Park Ridge, IL says, "I
made a PVC stand that holds
my football helmet and shoulder pads. It has a
and hangs my football pants."
With Head Cover
Ken in Maylene, Alabama told me "sometimes
I like to take a mental break and putt a few balls
while in my office. This is a putter stand that I made
to put in the corner."
"I also made this putter holder to hang off
of the bag strap on golf carts. The way my bag is made,
I have to dig
past my driver and woods (with head covers) to get to my
putter. Very inconvenient. So I made this
inexpensive solution that gives easy and quick access to
get to the putter."
If you'd like to construct your own Putter Stand &
Holder, Ken shares
his plans in PDF format here.
This is a misting tunnel we made
to take to the World Maker Faire in New York
this year. It makes a hot day cool, and all
you have to do is take a 40-foot walk.
(Another example of what can be made by bending
Thanks to the BendIt
This pergola was designed and
built by Diana Digs Dirt in Greensboro, NC.
Materials included PVC pipe and caps for the
vertical detail along the top between the
Enjoy the wonderful PVC artwork from Dave
Schreuder in the Netherlands. He says, "I selected my
first 'plant' which I made of 2 PVC pipes and coloured
"artistical green." The height is 180 centimeters (6
feet) and the width is about 150 centimeters (5 feet).
And the middle one is a palm tree in several green
colours. The height is 150 centimeters (5 feet) and the
width is 120 centimeters (4 feet). It looks great
between the real plants in our garden.
The third artwork (on the right) is called
and Yang Connected by Love."
You can see more of Dave's art by visiting
him at www.pvcobjecten.nl
Alex in Kentucky
Using plans from my PVC Furniture manual, great-grandma Jan built
this nice "friendship table" so she and her
neighbor can visit over coffee & snacks in the
Thanks for the photo, Jan
Built by Dennis in
Here is a Laundry Bin
project that my daughter and I built out of PVC
My daughter uses five bins, one for each member of
her family plus another for towels and things.
There is also a bar at the top to hang clothes on
when they come out of the dryer. We also added a
shelf to the top for stability but it was not
painted yet so I did not include it.
Barbara & Nicole
This is an awning for
house windows. They can really dress up a boring
facade of any house for not too much money -
excluding material which is the biggest cost. I
found a supplier of Sunbrella "seconds" at
$10.00 per yard and it takes about 1.5 yards for
a 4 foot awning. Ripstop nylon was also used,
parachute material would also work. Light weight
canvas works, too. The end pieces are separate
from main covering, as this was an experiment to
see if it would hold up.
This spans 4 feet and is a bit wobbly in the
center. Anything larger and I would need to
figure out a support mechanism or use two
smaller ones. And I may reinforce the next
awning with 1/8-inch staples.
1/2 inch PVC, 6 - 3
way fittings, 4 - 45 degrees connectors, 6 male
to female adapters
Sarah P., RN
is an outrigger on our canoe. We take a lot
of family vacations in our Toyota motor home
and I am limited as to how much weight I can
pull. Most of the time we bring the canoe
and a pair of mopeds on a small trailer. The
outrigger really makes the canoe stable
enough to fish out of.
J., Peoria IL
Ashanti and Rodney,
both students at a Macon, GA high school, built
this boat for their Pre-Engineering class. They
used ¾” PVC pipe.
They lined the frame of
the boat with ½” Styrofoam and sealed the edges
and corners, then wrapped it in 4-mil. plastic
It had to be big enough
to carry 2 people across the pond retrieve their
flag and then come back to the dock.
Scott in Florida says,
"I’ve always wanted to shoot video while diving
but underwater housings are very expensive, so I
decided to make my own. These are pictures of a
couple of different video camera housings built
from PVC tubing. All have worked extremely well
and the one pictured on the right made it all the
way to 190 feet underwater before it finally
Underwater Camera Housing
This version is a
little more customized. A wooden form is made in
the size and shape I want the pipe to be inside to
more closely fit the camera. The PVC is heated to
400 degrees F. for 5 minutes making it very
flexible. While the pipe is still hot, the form is
driven into the pipe and when it cools it forms in
the square shape.
Jeff, KB7NHD, set up a
portable HAM radio station providing
communications as part of a volunteer
effort to support a local bike club's ride
event in Springfield, IL.
He built a portable mast
using 1" PVC x three 60" sections attached
to an old oscillating fan base. This mast
supported his 2m / 70cm dual band antenna.
Jeff drilled some holes in
the top section just below the antenna
mount to attach nylon cord he used to guy
He says this portable
solution works out well for him and is
quick to put up and take down and is
easily fitted into his car for
Radio Antenna Set-Up
classes on how to build this Ham Radio antenna
with PVC pipe. He says his design has been
used on barges along the Illinois river and
elsewhere. Many people in Emergency Management
for Florida and other states use this and
other of his designs because the salt water
does not effect them as much as other
antennas, mainly because of the use of PVC in
Jimmy Cary, WX9DX
The link to Jimmy's detailed quad design is...
glued her PVC Playhouse frame in sections
so it can be disassembled for storing.
assembled, ready for covering. Note how she
used 4-way and 3-way fittings at each corner.
crafted this delightful cover made with
outdoor fabric to avoid fading.
cover. She says her grandkids really enjoy the
Playhouse. You can see why. Thanks for
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