My wife and I currently have two shelf units in our house:
These are 25+ years old and I would like to make a 3rd shelf unit that
is similar to these. I can find shelves with no problem but I am
having a very hard time finding the upright rods anywhere. Here is a
closer pic of the rods:
They are 14 inches high and about 2 inches wide. I know I'm not going
to be able to find the exact uprights because these are so old (and it
doesn't matter because this unit will go in another room) but I can't
find anything anywhere like these. I've checked the hobby shops
around here (Michael's, Hobby Lobby, etc) and the hardware stores
around here and can't find anything. Are things like this even sold
I don't know what you will call the company in your area but in mine the company name is COPPS.
30 years ago I built a set just like this for myself and outfitted it with grow lamps for raising African Violets. It is still in use.
P D Q
They have got to be at least 40 years old
Have a plastic threaded dowel to assemble pieces together end to end
to get whatever length you need.
My mother still had some when I closed up her place in 2007.
She was in Apple Creek area (30 miles west of Canton)
I'd start with Lehman hd'we in Kidron or maybe a Farm & Fleet type
Check the hd'we stores that serve the Amish like Lehman above.
Thanks for showing my age ... LOL. Yeah, they close to that age. I
remember my dad making a set for my brother's new home just after he
got married and that is over 25 years ago. I have looked in Home
Depot, Lowe's, 84 Lumber, and other local stores but have not seen
them in years myself. With all the DiY stuff out today, I'm surprised
not to see them back in stores. You've given me a few other ideas of
where to check, so I'll keep looking. I've thought about turning some
myself, but it would take forever to make enough on my mini lathe to
do the shelving system I have in mind. Anyway, thanks for the reply!
Stick with stores that serve the rural communities.
As a high school kid, worked in a hd'we store in a small town.
That store had inventory that dated back to the stone age.
Can still remember helping people find parts and pieces for old things
that were long since out of production.
Since you have a lathe, making your own sould be NBD.
Make a template of existing piece, and you're in business.
For me, getting a color match would be a bigger problem.
BTW, where in Ohio are you?
Cincinnati ... an ok city but very different for me. I originate from
the east coast, so things are much slower here than I'm used to.
I'm guessing your near Akron? Closest I've been to there is passing
thru on rte 80 on my way to Ann Arbor.
Unfortunately the pieces we had are in another state and got broken.
Ergo my looking to locate more.
I'll end up at least trying to turn a version. I'll only be able to
make 12 in max length, but I think I can get creative with that.
I'll check some of the privately owned Hd'we stores and smaller chain
stores. Maybe I can at least find an example to duplicate rather than
transferring from sketch.
As an alternative I might even try to make a template to run off on my
scroll saw. I could then make them longer. I figure I could cut them
like compound creations. Maybe even make two sided figures.
Thanks for the tips,
Train your mind to test every thought, ideology,
train of reasoning, and claim to truth.
If you have a friend with a lathe, they wouldn't be very hard to
duplicate. Barring that, check out your local woodturners club. I'll bet
there's a group nearby. Someone there would almost certainly be willing
to duplicate them for a fee.
By the way, that's a nice Disney collection you've got, and well
showcased. I'll bet that took some years to accumulate.
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