In the midst of the general flotsam and jetsam that is the Refuge, I thought I would post something that some readers might actually find useful.
It’s an inexpensive DIY multi-guitar/bass rack. The one I made holds six guitars/basses (seven in a pinch) and total parts cost was around $20. It’s made out of PVC and pipe insulation. It’s about 36 inches wide, 30 inches high and around 10 deep. It can be scaled easily for fewer or greater instruments. All you need to put it together is a hack saw (and a rat tail file can be useful too, which I’ll explain).
Here’s the parts list:
12 feet of 1″ pipe
6 90 degree 1″ corners (elbows)
2 1″ tees
5 feet of 1/2″ pipe
6 1/2″ tees
6 1/2″ end caps
2 1″ to 1/2″ 90 degree corners (elbows)
6 feet of 1/2″ wall 1″ ID pipe insulation
6 feet of 3/8″ wall 3/4″ ID pipe insulation
Dry sand and silicone glue/caulk (optional)
Black spray paint
PVC cleaner and adhesive
First, the base: It’s all 1″ material. Cut two 32″ sections for the front and back bars, two 2 3/4″ and two 3 1/4″ sections for the sides. Cut two 26″ sections for the uprights. Glue the corners to the ends of long pieces as pictured. Glue the 2 3/4″ pieces to the front bar and the 3 1/4″ pieces to the back bar. Glue the two bars together using the tees. It is very important that you align the tees so that they are perpendicular to the ground. It will be easier to see this if you temporarily place the uprights into the tees before gluing the tees to the front/back bars.
Optional bit: For a somewhat heavier base, pour dry sand into the two tees after the glue has set. Shake it around to distribute it, then seal the tees with glue (making sure you leave the top part clear for the uprights).
Glue the uprights into the tees and top them with the remaining two corners so that the openings are facing the rear of the unit. Cut two sections of 1″ pipe about 2″ long each and glue them into the corner openings. (This is just a coupler. If you can find 90 elbows with a “spigot” end, you won’t need these.) To these, glue the 1″ to 1/2″ corners with the small ends facing each other, parallel to the ground. This is what the top bar glues into.
The top bar is all 1/2″ material. Cut two 3 1/4″ and five 3 3/4″ sections. The shorter pieces (stubs) are glued into the corner openings. The remaining five sections are glued between the six tees to form a straight line. It’s best if you form the top bar on a nice level surface so that everything comes out aligned. Cut six 4″ sections and glue these into the tees to form the guitar neck pegs and then glue on the six end caps. Finally, glue this unit to the stubs. You now have the basic unit. Paint as desired.
Cut a section of the smaller insulation to the length of the top bar. Positioning the split at the back of the bar, mark where the end caps align onto the insulation at the front. At this point cut small holes for the neck pegs. An easy way to do this is to make a little punch. Simply grab a scrap piece of 1/2″ pipe and, using a rat tail file, file away at the inner surface of one end. Basically, you want to bring the entire inner diameter to a razor-like edge. Don’t file the outer surface, just the inner. To cut the holes, slide the insulation over a piece of unused pipe, line up your cutter, and twist it in a circular motion several times until the insulation is cut. You should wind up with a nice, clean cut and a little foam plug. Once you’ve cut out all six holes, slip the unit over the top bar, being careful as you push the insulation over the end caps. Affix as required (if it’s not self-adhesive on the back seam, a little electrical tape will do). Lastly, cut two sections of larger insulation for the base bars and affix.
That’s it. This design was inspired in part by a similar design by my friend Dave who used a combination of PVC and wood.