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Old 12-27-2008, 10:05 PM
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Art storage rack for painters- easy to build

This is an idea I had to store wet and dry canvases in my small studio. I had canvases all over the house above every door, wherever there was a piece of trim. I started with a wire shelf rack you can buy at most large "blue or orange brand" hardware stores, and assemble at home. They are very strong and will hold a lot of weight. I added some casters which go with it. From there proceed as follows:


Add shelves made of pegboard, cut to fit the wire shelves. I used a circular saw and jigsaw. I made sure all the pegholes in each shelf would line up in the end by cutting them all at once with a few dowels keeping them aligned.

Here I cut the corners of the pegboard with a jigsaw to fit around the poles.



Then I lay the shelf on its side and began running dowels through from top to bottom.


Here's a shot of the pegboard shelf, its about 16 inches by 36 inches


The pegboard I used works with 1/4 inch dowels. The dowels are held by friction in the pegholes, there's no glue. I cut some of the dowels with a simple hand-held mitre saw.



Here's the finished product loaded up with canvas panels. I put more dowels at the top for my little canvases.



Here's a scale figure, yours truly.... I am an architect by day, and paint on weekends mostly.


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Old 12-28-2008, 10:06 AM
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Re: Art storage rack for painters- easy to build

What a fabulous idea! I will definitely do that in my studio! Thanks so much...

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Old 12-28-2008, 06:43 PM
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Re: Art storage rack for painters- easy to build

What do they say...necessity is the mother of invention! What a brilliant idea! No wonder you look so chuffed with yourself
Thanks for sharing!
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What an excellent use of cheap materials to produce an inexpensive, functional piece! Thanks for posting it.

I'm sure I'll be pointing people to this thread many times in the future.

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Old 12-31-2008, 02:05 AM
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Re: Art storage rack for painters- easy to build

Brilliant!
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:39 AM
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Re: Art storage rack for painters- easy to build

Very clever idea.

I use a wooden plate rack for my small paintings. Its the kind you get in the specialty stores like board and barrel or those places where they sell imported kitchen ware. Those names escape me.

I like your idea very much and it will solve the scattering of paintings laying around in the studio drying.
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Re: Art storage rack for painters- easy to build

Looks like a simple, elegant, and inexpensive solution!
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Re: Art storage rack for painters- easy to build

Just bought supplies for this I'm still so extremely glad you posted this! I'll post a pic when I finish mine. I'm making a couple minor adjustments to accomidate my small space. And keep my kids from getting stuff on the lower shelves (18 month old twins, they eat, chew and destroy anything they come into contact with).
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Awesome idea. Thanks for sharing. You have inspired me to build my own storage rack.
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Re: Art storage rack for painters- easy to build

It is quite a neat idea.

My oil paintings are bigger, up to 36 in height, and my drying/storing rack uses nylon fishing lines to separate the stretched canvases. I use wooden shelf frames from Ikea, and modified them to make the rack.
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Super idea, thanks!
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Re: Art storage rack for painters- easy to build

Bloody hell that's brillant! Way to think outside the box! I love it!
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Sweet and simple ... great !

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Awesome!!!

Why I didn't think of that?
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Re: Art storage rack for painters- easy to build

Excellent idea! I'm in the middle of putting mine together right now. Sending my husband to get a couple more dowels. It's so easy!

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