April 12, 2021 3 min read

Bill's Cargo Van Gets Organized & More 

Every week, we look at customer builds that have been shared with us through email, social media, or the Maker Pipe Connect community page. We feature them in a YouTube series called Maker Pipe Monday. This week we have 6 great builds shared by makers in the community. Let's get into it! 

 

DIY Bike Storage Shed 

 

DIY Bike Storage Shed

 

The post starting us off this week is from Bill, who built a storage shed for his bikes. He used T Connectors to build a frame off the side of his house, then he added a tarp. It's a simple but very useful and functional build. Bill's posts will be the start and end of this blog, as he's shared another recent project. For now, thanks for sharing this one! 

 

DIY Desktop Studio Cage

 

DIY Desktop Studio Cage 

Our next post comes from Jeremiah, who's planning to build a desk cage that will hold his studio lights, cameras, and potentially his speakers and monitors. He came up with this great design for it, which looks pretty solid. He was wondering how to connect it to his desk, and for that we thought of putting a T Connector on the clamp pictured in the post, and using that to clamp the conduit to the desk. You also might want to consider making the cage freestanding so that movement on the desk doesn't shake the cameras. It's looking great so far, and if you have any questions, let us know. Thanks for posting! 

 

DIY Cherokee Roof Rack

 

DIY Cherokee Roof Rack

 

This neat roof rack was made by Brian, who posted it to the community page. He used T Connectors and painted conduit to make a frame. Then he added some webbing in a woven pattern and connected the frame to the pre-existing roof rack on his Jeep Grand Cherokee. After being asked if it made noise while driving, he said that there was no noise, but he'd have to keep an eye on the tension of the webbing and see if it stretches. The webbing shows promise for things like outdoor furniture, so we're curious to see how it lasts. Thanks for sharing, Brian! 

 

3D Printed Feet

 

3D Printed Feet

 

No, not the feet you're probably thinking of (though it's been done). These feet were designed and created by Chris, who's built many things with Maker Pipe and has made lots of great accessories for it and conduit. This time he's solved the problem of bottoms of builds being wobbly due to the T Connector being the only thing touching the ground. He made end caps for the conduit so that it can sit slightly of the ground and stay stable. You can check out these feet and other accessories here, where you can print them as well. Thanks, Chris! 

 

DIY Raised Garden Bed Trellis 

 

DIY Raised Garden Bed Trellis

 

Our next post is from Mark, who has a raised garden bed and is working on a trellis for it. This is his first go at it, made with conduit, T Connectors, and 45 Degree Connectors, but he's looking to make it more stable. Our suggestion would be to go with the idea of putting the conduit into the soil, and these rebar pins from Lowe's (they can also be found in other big box stores) can make doing that a lot easier and help it to be more stable. You can drive the stake into the ground and the conduit will fit right over it. Thank you for your post, Mark, and we hope all goes well with your garden! 

 

DIY Cargo Van Storage Shelves 

 

DIY Cargo Van Storage Shelves

 

Last but not least is the second post from Bill, who decked out the inside of his van with custom shelves all around! He's used T Connectors, 180 Connectors, and conduit to create a space for his tools and other larger items, which includes his compressor. The shelves fit nicely inside of the van and look fantastic. Thank you for the posts, Bill! 

 

Conclusion

 

It's been yet another week of great builds, and we look forward to seeing what the community creates in the future. If you'd like to share your own project, you can do that by sending an email to [email protected], posting it with #makerpipe, or posting it to the community page. You can view the video version of this blog below. Thanks, and as always, happy building!