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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-14-2015 06:50 PM 1889 views 3 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my prototype rack for storing spray paint cans. I finally got enough cans to make the first 60 can assembly. It holds about half of my collection. I started with a welding fixture for welding 12 cans in a row. Then the rows were welded to each other and the assembly was put in a frame that tilts them back at 6.5 degrees to insure they don’t fall out. I don’t think that angle was really needed, but this is a prototype to learn from. The frame is made from 1/2” Baltic birch plywood and is finished with wipe on shellac.
As I was welding that last row I thought that they could have been glued together with Liquid Nails or something like that but the welding was faster. Now I have to save up 60 more cans for the second one,

This did give me the opportunity to clean house. Some of these cans were 25 yrs old and I had a lot I did not know of. This first rack is just the special metallic colors, the clear finishes and the whites. I pitched a dozen so far that were not usable. I should not have to buy spray paint for at least 5 years!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 04-14-2015 06:53 PM

5-year? My bet is they’ll be good for another 25-years. At any rate, nice project to resolve an all too familiar problem. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Paul

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#2 posted 04-14-2015 07:08 PM

Good idea Jim. I’ve often thought that aerosol cans should be stored on their sides to keep the settled paint from plugging up the tube that pulls the paint from the bottom of the can. Thanks for sharing your idea,
BTW. Most cans have a black dot by the nozzle that indicates the tube placement in the can so if you put the black dot UP when storing a can on the side the tube inside will not be submerged in the settled paint.

Paul

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 04-14-2015 07:20 PM

Jim,

COOL Rack…

BTW, have you ever used J.B. Weld? It is an EXTRA Strong Epoxy based stuff that works GREAT… Takes a ittle time for it to Cure… I would think it would be easier and faster than Welding…. (??)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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tyvekboy

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#4 posted 04-14-2015 07:50 PM

Good Idea!

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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luv2learn

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#5 posted 04-14-2015 08:00 PM

I like it Jim.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 04-14-2015 08:12 PM

I think its a great idea and looks good!

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Northwest29

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#7 posted 04-14-2015 08:51 PM

What an excellent idea – thanks for sharing it. I wonder if PVC could provide the right diameter for those of us that don’t weld? Just a thought.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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peteg

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#8 posted 04-14-2015 09:36 PM

Just given me the answerer Jim to all those cans getting all messed up in the shop, think I will have to investigate PVC as well, my welder like a lot of other gear had to go when we relocated, thanks mate
cheers
pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 04-14-2015 11:18 PM

A nice bit of work Jim,

How do you stop the nozzels from blocking up 25 yers I am lucky to be able to use mine for a second time due to blockages of some sort!

Good work.

-- Regards Robert

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#10 posted 04-14-2015 11:59 PM

Jim, that is a great re-use of those cans. In addition to being a master woodworker, your welding skills must be top shelf as well. I would have had so many holes burned in them you would been able to use it as a pasta strainer…lol One question bud, is there anything you don’t do well…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#11 posted 04-15-2015 12:31 AM



Jim, that is a great re-use of those cans. In addition to being a master woodworker, your welding skills must be top shelf as well. I would have had so many holes burned in them you would been able to use it as a pasta strainer…lol One question bud, is there anything you don t do well…lol

- BusterB

I was thinking the same thing. If I welded them there would be nothing left of the cans, so it would have to be PVC for me.
Great idea Jim, thanks for sharing.
Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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doubleDD

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#12 posted 04-15-2015 12:56 AM

Now I’ve seen everything. Can rack for spray cans. I tip my hat at this one Jim. Save a tree and recycle at the same time. Smart idea.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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scrollingmom

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#13 posted 04-15-2015 01:20 AM

Nice job Jim. I have been wondering how to store all of my spray cans as well.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#14 posted 04-15-2015 01:29 AM

Very nice.

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 04-15-2015 02:14 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I hope this will help someone else who had the problem I did of not seeing all those cans in the back rows. I went out and bought more paint because I thought I was out of it all the time.

Hi Paul, thanks for the info on that black dot!! I learned something new today!!

Hi Ron and Pete. I am not sure of the ID of the PVC tubing. But you would have to BUY it! I’m cheap and like to use stuff that others would throw away. These are 14.5 oz. cans of fruit , vegetables or what ever.Some cans have to be opened with a can opener but now they make them with a peel off lid. Those cans took an added operation. I had to bang down the top inner flange flat with a pipe on a hard surface so the opening would be big enough. It flattened very easily.

Hi Joe. This would have taken a lot of JB weld and I would have had drying time.

Hi Buster and Bob. This gave me an excuse to fire up the Oxy torch. The tops were welded with no filler rod. I just fused the flanges together with a fine hot flame. The bottoms had gaps so I use brazing rod for that. I was given a lifetime supply of brazing rod so that part was free too. The plywood was free so all I have in this project is the welding gas!! I did burn a few holes but they don’t have to hold water!!

Here is the welding process in my plywood fixture used to line a row of them up.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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