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.

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.


@owalreptiles nice rack!


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


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.


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.


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.


I know it’s a bit of an older thread but I’m planning to make one similar with only a few dozen tubs. About how heavy was this once completed? I have no experience with PVC panels so do you think this could be done (without dido cuts) with a jigsaw? Also could this be easily assembled and disassembled (it would have to go up stairs)?

Heavy enough where I can’t lift it myself, two person job if you need to actually pick it up.

No and No. I mean you can cut panels and screw them in the same fashion but it pretty much a different design and assembly process without the dados. Its glued together, so there’s no disassembling. I think you need to find a different design if thats what you are looking for.

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I’m working on building one of these for myself. It might suit you a little bit better.

The dimensions can be modified to support 6qt tubs. I don’t have the necessary tools for the dado cuts so I ended up going to local plastic fabrication place to get them cut to size.


That looks like that could actually work for me. Thank you so much!

I would love a huge amount of detail on this, as I plan to breed in the future.

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Just out of curiosity, what did the plastic fab place charge to cut them to size?
this is something i’ve considered, just haven’t looked into much.

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I can’t recall the exact number but I think it was around 200. Give or take.

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Thanks this helps me.
I need to switch to PVC, Mine are home made conti board (melamine chipboard) I can hardly lift them.