PVC 6qt Rack Build


Had to make a little more room for the babies, so I took some pictures along the way. Not sure how much detail people might be interested in here, so if you have any questions feel free to ask. I build this rack with dado cuts for strength and to make alignment of everything easy. First thing I did was make a table saw sled that let me easily do the 4 repeatable dado cuts to save time. I can post pics of that if anyone is interested. After that, I cut 4x 4x8 sheets of PVC down.
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Cut the dados in the sides

Cut the dados in the shelves for dividers

Starting assembly

I threw some pvc glue on the first few top and bottom dividers and clamped them together, basically making it a torsion box and hopefully hold everything square and all that.

Fully assembled, added a back panel, which could have heat tape taped to it, added support for casters, added casters. added tubs.

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@owalreptiles nice rack!

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What was the cost of materials? Where did you get the PVC?

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4 sheets of pvc was just under 300 from Home Depot, casters were 20 bucks from harbor freight, tubs were 70 bucks from Target. So just under 400 total.

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what are you heating with are you using back heat , belly heat or just ambient room temperatures?

ambient room only, but you could easily tape on heat tape to make it back heated.

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called the closest home depot to me. They don’t carry the pvc 4 x 8 sheets anymore and can’t order it. so I am going to do the home depot plastic storage shelf build instead. There is a video on youtube on how to do it. and I may post pics and a how to on this site. You have an awsome hatchling rack though.

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