March 29, 2021 3 min read

 

Clever Roof Rack Solutions & More Projects From the Community

 

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Every Monday we look at builds that have been shared via social media, email, reviews on the website, and our community page, and we feature them in a YouTube series called Maker Pipe Monday. This week we have 5 projects and an update on a previous build. Let's get to it! 

DIY Interior Vehicle Rack

 

DIY Interior Vehicle Rack

 

First up we have a custom built vehicle rack that was posted to the community page by Chance, who needed a way to organize smaller items and keep them separated from large items. The shelves currently available were being sold for upwards of $400, so he decided to make his own shelf. He made a frame out of EMT conduit and T Connectors, then zip tied a wire rack to it. It fits satisfyingly into the vehicle and provides a much cheaper solution than a store bought shelf. Thanks for sharing, Chance!

 

DIY RadPowerBikes Caboose

 

DIY RadPowerBikes Caboose

 

Next up we have a custom built caboose for a RadPowerBikes electric bike that was posted to the community page by Jesse. The official caboose accessory is sold out, so Jesse decided to make their own out of conduit and 4 of our T Connectors. The caboose is normally $200, but Jesse was able to make this one for about $25. We're glad to hear it worked out, Jesse, and thank you for posting! 

 

DIY Overlanding Roof Rack 

 

DIY Overlanding Roof Rack

 

Our next build is a fantastic roof rack that was posted to Instagram by @emicara_percussion. She's going overlanding and wanted to bring her percussion instruments along, so she built a roof rack and attached it to the existing rack on her vehicle. She built it out of conduit, T Connectors, and 4 Way Connectors

 

Crossover Connector

 

An interesting thing here is that Amy used something we hadn't seen before, and it's a steel cross pipe connector. Many of our community members have come up with designs for cross connectors, and this is another viable option. You can get 4 pieces for about $16 on Amazon, which makes each connector about $4. This was a good find for a clever build. Be sure to check out Amy's YouTube channel as well, where she teaches percussion. Thanks for sharing, Amy! 

 

DIY Ferris Wheel

 

DIY Ferris Wheel

 

We have another build from Instagram and it's an in-progress post for Mark's mini ferris wheel!  The wheel is made from conduit, T Connectors, and 90 Degree Connectors and is able to turn using the pillow blocks that are on the base frame. It's looking very good, and we'd love to see it when it's finished! Thanks, Mark! 

 

DIY Banister Railing

 

DIY Banister Railing  

Our next project comes from a review on the website, where Lauren tells a great story with her review. She had originally installed some balcony railing to keep her one-eyed cat from stumbling off the balcony, but part of the railing was unstable. She made it more secure with some PVC pipe and a T Connector. A few months later, after a scare with her furry friend, she used T Connectors and added a couple of bars to a small gap in the railing to make sure he really couldn't slip through. It's a cute story and we're glad your cat is safe. Thanks, Lauren! 

 

 An Update: DIY Wheelchair Baby Carrier

 

DIY Wheelchair Baby Carrier

 

Our last post is an exciting update to a previous story. In our MPM 38 post, we talked about how the students of a high school class called Making for Social Good made a wheelchair mount for Jamie, a member of the community. He needed a way to safely push a stroller around from a wheelchair, so the students designed and built an attachment that allowed him to do just that. In a heartwarming update, baby Felix has been born, and it looks like the project was a success! We're happy that Maker Pipe was able to play a small part in this story, and we're glad it's working well. Congratulations guys, and thank you so much for giving us an update! 

  

Conclusion

 

Seeing all of these builds is the highlight of our week, and we appreciate you sharing with us! If you'd like to share your own build you can do that via email at [email protected], via social media with the #makerpipe hashtag, and of course, you can share it to the Maker Pipe Connect community page as well. The video version of this week's showcase will be listed below. Thanks and happy building!