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Old Jan 02, 2014, 12:28 AM
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Van Home-Built Shelf for Model Aircraft Transport

Like many RC airplane enthusiasts, I have ended up with more aircraft I would like to fly than space to easily transport them. Sure, I could take the wings off but with the extra wires that's usually a hassle.

Therefore I built a shelf for the back area of my Toyota Sienna minivan to provide more transport space.

Construction was simple. I used 1" PVC pipe, 3/16" thin wood laminate, some wood screws, zip ties and carpet rest all purchased at Home Depot:

Wood platform 51 " x 48" 3/16" thick laminate

1" PVC pipe and connectors:

4 x 10 foot 1" PVC lengths
8 T-connectors
4 corner connectors
1 X-connector
4 end caps

30 zip ties 11"
48" x 54" carpet rest
5 wood screws

Notes on connectors:
Each connector overlaps pipe by 2.4cm (15/16")
- T connectors are 3 ⅝" wide
- therefore Ts add 2" to length

Corners 2 ⅝" wide
- therefore corners add 1 " to length


Have Home Depot cut a 48" wide laminate to length at 51 "

Cut PVC pipe sections with a hacksaw as follows:

Sides (2)
2 x 9 "
2 x 13 ⅛"

Cross pieces (3)
2 x 22"

Long center pieces (1)
2 x 23"

Legs (4)
21" (back left leg cut down by 1 " due to floor panel)

Pipes go together without glue. Once the frame was together, I used 5 wood screws to affix the wood to the center T-connectors and the center cross connector after holes were predrilled easily.

Then I used the zip ties through larger pre-drilled holes to strap down the carpet remnant.

The PVC pipe caps were affixed to the legs which are removable for easy storage. I also added a few zip-ties and use a strap borrowed from another bag to carry the platform down to the parking structure in my building.
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Old Feb 24, 2014, 01:20 PM
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Nice I can use this Thanks
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