I’m still pretty new to using a vinyl cutting machine (I have a Cricut) but one thing I learned the hard way, is that you can quickly ruin a roll of vinyl by not storing it properly. After realizing my mistake it was time to build a DIY Craft Vinyl Storage Rack.
My first published project using my Cricut was pretty popular at Christmas time, I have a few other projects for my daughter’s wedding last fall that will be published very soon.
By now you all know I love to participate in challenges with other talented bloggers. I was excited to join a group of over 30 DIY bloggers for a monthly “At Home DIY” Challenge. This month’s theme is Build to Organize so make sure you check out all the projects linked at the bottom of the post to see what organizational goodies they created.
This is a pretty simple build which you can easily adjust for the size of your vinyl library. Since I’m just getting started with my vinyl collection I made mine smaller than you might need yours.
And since my office/craft/guest room is multi-purpose and space is limited my plan is to locate my craft vinyl storage behind the door on an otherwise empty wall.
I used scraps I had in the garage from other projects. But I’ll give you common lumber dimensions you can purchase at the hardware store if you don’t currently have a scrap pile to pull from.
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Vinyl Storage Rack Supplies
- 1″ x 2″ Lumber – 6.5′ cut as follows:
- 2 side pieces cut at 24″
- 2 cross pieces cut at 13″
- 2 Wood Dowels 6′ x 3/4″ cut as follows:
- 7 lengths cut at 15-1/2″ ea
- 14 Copper Tube Straps (3/4″)
- 8 SML-C125 pocket hole screws
- 32 Wood Screws #6 x 1/2″
- Pocket Hole Jig
- Miter Saw or Miter Box
- Cordless Drill
- Scratch Awl
- 18″-24″ Torpedo Level
- Clamps – 18″-24″
- Craft Paint (if desired)
- Sanding Sponge
- Start by cutting your lumber to size.
- When using a miter say make your mark in pencil then gently bring the saw (without it running) down to the board to adjust the wood to the blade. To get even and equal cuts cut on the same side of line each time. A blade width off will make your resulting boards uneven.
Dry fit the boards for your vinyl storage rack to make sure they are even and square. You could use a miter box but a miter saw is so much faster.
- Use the Pocket Hole Jig to drill holes (3/4″ thick receiving board) into the back sides of the Cross Support pieces. My piece was 3″ wide so I drilled two pocket holes, yours might only need one hole.
Paint your pieces, if desired and let them dry fully.
Craft Vinyl Storage Assembly
- On a flat surface lay out the two side and two cross pieces with the cross pieces 1″ from either end.
- Apply wood glue to either end of the cross pieces and spread evenly with a brush or your finger
- With the cross pieces glued make necessary adjustments so they are 1″ from the edge on both sides.
- Carefully clamp the boards as shown.
- Flip the boards over and Screw the 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws into place.
- Remove clamps, wipe away excess glue and flip over.
Now that the body is assembled it’s time to attach the tube straps. This took me a bit of measuring and calculating and measuring and calculating. The math wasn’t working, because my stupid calculator refused to let me insert a fraction without first converting it to a decimal 😄.
In the end, after much cussing and hair pulling I figured it out. I centered the top and bottom tube straps first then figured I’d tackle the even spacing of the 5 remaining.
I tried math again (ouchie) and then started grabbing scrap wood to see if any one of those would allow me to evenly space the remaining tube straps. A plywood scrap was too narrow and a paint stick laid flat was too wide.
But…… sandwich them together, for the WIN!!!!!
Now that I had my spacing dilemma solved it was time to get the vinyl storage rack it finished.
- Hold the tube strap in place and use the Scratch Awl to make an indent in the center of each hole. This will give the screw head something to catch quickly and ensure it stays centered.
- You may want/need to do a little pre-drilling. I did some tests on mine and it looked good enough not to pre-drill with the 1/2″ screw. Full transparency, I had one screw make a tiny split.
- The actual spacing of the straps turns out this way:
- Top and Bottom straps are 1-1/16″ from ends
- Spacing between the rest of the tube straps is 15/16″
- Yes, yes I do honestly do have OCD and it would drive me crazy, even though it’s mostly hidden behind the door, if they weren’t evenly spaced or were lopsided. #weallhavecrossestobear 😉
Now that all the straps are installed cut the dowels to 15.5″ long. Or you may have done that already when you cut the other boards. Give the ends a little sanding to smooth them out and you’re ready for installation.
Install your new craft vinyl storage rack to the wall with the proper hangers. This portion of my wall actually happens to be plywood so I was able to screw directly into the wall. You may need to use plastic wall anchors or something similar that can hold the weight of the vinyl storage rack and the rolls of vinyl.
Make sure you use a level before securing the other side to the wall. And I recommend pre-drilling the holes in the cross support.
When I was searching the hardware store for these tube straps I never imagined they’d turn out so fabulous!
Now my vinyl will no longer get damaged, sad truth, I lost half a roll because it got squished.
Doesn’t it look pretty? Not that I’ll see it often since the door is usually open 😀
LOVE IT, PIN IT!!
As promised now you get to see 30 other creative organizing project by my talented friends. Click on the Image below to see all of their amazing projects.
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