Make Things from PVC Pipe

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PVC pipe is easy to cut, easy to joint, takes paint well, can be made into robust tructures, and is low cost.


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Things that can be made from PVC pipe

These are some examples of completed PVC pipe projects, and are by no means an exhaustive list.

  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Gates
  • Goal posts
  • Picket fencing
  • Portable hinged barriers
  • Bolo ball toss (whatever that is!)
  • Table lamp
  • Love Seat
  • Bar Stool
  • Super sturdy Chair
  • End Tables
  • Serving Cart
  • Room Divider/Privacy Screen
  • Shelving
  • Clothes Rack
  • Indoor/Outdoor Furniture
  • Doll Furniture
  • Pet Furniture
  • Kids Furniture
  • Bending, Cutting & Drilling Jigs
  • Yard and Garden Projects
  • Yard 'n Garden Cart & Trailer
  • Fun Things
  • Trolley/cart
  • Table Top CD Holder
  • Garbage Can Cart
  • Wine Rack
  • Mini Folding Table
  • Ironing Board Aid
  • Old Fashion Clothes Dryer
  • Escape Ladder
  • Lamps
  • Trivet
  • Table Dolly
  • Sign Holders
  • Shaving Set
  • Christmas and Hanukkah Decorations
  • Outside Light Fixture
  • Can Bagger
  • Watering Stick (Direct water right into the roots when it rains. Also acts as a stake.)
  • Bean Trellis
  • Hole Digger (Attach it to your hose and it's plows the earth like a water cannon)
  • Bean Pole Holder (Holds your bean pole firmly in the ground... use it year after year.)
  • Leaf Blower Attachment (brush debris and moss off your roof and sidewalks with ease)
  • Lawn Sprinklers (The curved base makes it handy to set up anywhere.)
  • Bean Tent (Sturdy tripod design. Easy to assemble and knock-down for storage.)
  • Gardening Table (Use it during the season, then easily set it aside until next year. Two levels.)
  • Mini-Greenhouse (make it most any size you want. Set it up in a permanent location, or move it around as need be. Great for starter seeds.)
  • Tomato Frame
  • Plant Basket (Handy carrier carriers your seedlings, or whatever, with ease.)
  • Wasp, Hornet & Yellow-Jacket Trap (Make several of these proven effective traps and hang 'em all around your yard. I've got three of 'em and they work like a charm.)
  • Scarecrow
  • Electric Cord Holder
  • Cordless Drill Holder
  • Dowel Holder
  • Shop Dust Collector
  • Plywood Panel Carrier
  • Shop Hooks
  • Paint Can Holder (Ladder)
  • Clamp Holders
  • Bungee Cord Holder
  • Tool Rack
  • Light Weight Clamps
  • PVC Pipe/Lumber Storage Rack
  • High Chair (the tray works like a "real" one!)
  • Chaise Long
  • Single Bed with Headboard
  • Bunk Bed
  • Swing Set
  • Buddy Swing Set
  • Doll Stroller
  • Doll House
  • Sand & Water Play Table
  • Bike Stand
  • Scooter
  • Trike
  • Mini-Marshmallow Shooters
  • Kaleidoscopes (2 different designs)
  • Dog bed
  • Bird feeder
  • Exercise wheel for gerbil
  • Unusual aquarium
  • 2-tiered parrot perch.
  • Double-Tower Aquarium
  • Fish Caves
  • Fish Trap
  • Dog and Cat Bed
  • Cat Nap and Play Tower
  • Dog Disability and Mobility Walker
  • Dog Cart
  • Dog House
  • Bird Feeder
  • Bird Perch
  • Two-Tier Bird Perch
  • Unusual walking cane
  • Colorful outdoor mobile that swirls and twirls in the breeze
  • Artist Easel
  • Fishing Gear (rod holders, carrying case & more)*
  • Speaker Box
  • "Pre-Cane" (sort of a walker-helper)
  • Walking Cane (just add a bike mirror & horn and you're all set)
  • Burial Urn (yep, it really does work)
  • Piggy Bank (teach the kids to save!)
  • Sports Ball Rack
  • Garden cart
  • Mini trailer for ride-on mower etc
  • Greenhouse
  • Poultry pen
  • Banner frame
  • Cloche
  • Greenhouses
  • Pedal car,
  • Pvc go kart,
  • Bunk bed,
  • Swing,
  • Playhouse,
  • Bike rack plans,
  • Awnings,
  • Cargo rack
  • Scaffold cover,
  • Berry cover,
  • Seed rack,
  • Bird/deer protection,
  • Iguana cage/pen,
  • PVC tent shelter,
  • Grow rack shelf,
  • Tile saw shield enclosure,
  • Pallet cover,
  • Playground equipment,
  • Model rocket launch pad project,
  • Shaded car port,
  • LCD rear projector screen.
  • Shelf units
  • Multistorey propagating unit
  • Bicycle work stand
  • Observation platform
  • Sprinkler
  • Playhouse
  • Bridge
  • Swinging bench
  • Self-watering cloche
  • Luggage rack
  • Rod/cue holder
  • Swveral greenhouse designs, including one for $16
  • Hydroponic growing system
  • Bunk beds
  • Toy bus
  • Gazebo
  • Greenhouse staging
  • Tent
  • Car port
  • Faux marble table lamp
  • Fancy bed
  • Parokeet cage
  • Gateway
  • Geodesic greenhouse
  • Large model pirate ship

Useful Tips

"I bend 3/4" pvc over the growing beds. Some have been up for 11 years. I don't take them down in the fall. I found if I try to rebend them back in the spring, the plastic crumps. I slide 1/2" solid emt (conduit) inside the 3/4" pvc when I build something that needs the extra strength."

"PVC is wonderful stuff. If you paint it, the sun won't damage it so it won't get brittle. I've built antennas out of it (with copper wire), a chicken "tractor", a gate for the side yard, a fishing pole holder for my kayak, an awning frame for my old powerboat, etc. It is cheap, flexible, easy to cut and glue and takes paint well."

"FYI: there's several types of PVC. cheapest is "200" and its worthless for anything except a Halloween costume hoop. "Schedule 20" is light weight - will last a year exposed. "Schedule 40" (usually used for irrigation underground.) and the Best is "Schedule 80" (in electrical dept - used for exposed conditions - its light gray color and really resilient will last decades ) You can drill in it and bolt will hold good weight. If Schedule 40 painted with latex paint will last in exposed conditions for several years. There's also black pipe called rigid ABS - used for drains. Comes in large sizes - could be handy for some uses"

Shaping PVC pipe


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Prices

Correct in 2007, 30m packs of pipe vary from roughly £11 to £36, with 40mm available for £18.


See Also

http://www.pvcworkshop.com/

http://www.pvcplans.com/

http://www.eplansets.com/

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