Fiberglass Rack Construction

The fiberglass rack is a simple box except the front face is hinged at the bottom. The front face also has a pair of legs attached to it with hinges. When the door is opened to become the shelf the legs simple hang down and support the shelf.

I mounted the box to the wall. This was difficult. The wall is mortar and brick - very old mortar and brick. I used five "red hats" to attach two boards to the wall. I attached two other boards to the back of the box. I then screwed the two boards together from the inside of the box.

The dimensions of the box are 38" high, 43" wide, and 10" deep. I can get up to three rolls of glass in here is I needed to. The depth will allow each roll to have up to about 75 yards on them. The two biggest rolls I have now are only 43 yards so there is plenty of room.

Fiberglass rack open November 11, 1999. Here is the rack in the open position. The table shelf can be used to measure and cut the needed glass. When finished the shelf lifts up and becomes the front cover.

Fiberglass rack closed November 11, 1999. Here is the rack all closed up. The shelf legs are hinged so they fold up as well. The glass will stay nice and clean with the door closed.

Fiberglass rack detail November 11, 1999. Here is some detail of the inside. I'm using simple curtain rod holders for the dowels. You can see the three hinges holding the shelf/cover on. Screw eyes and hooks hold the door closed.

Glass rack extension April 29, 2002. After more than two years of wishing I had a longer glass cutting surface, I finally did something about it. I made a three foot extension that slips onto the end of the original cutting surface. The great thing about this extension is that it required no change to the original rack except for screwing on one small board. The extension has its own pair of folding legs just like the original.

The idea is that after lowering the cutting board of the original rack I can just slide on the extension, lock it into place and I now have a 6' cutting board instead of 3'. When done I remove the extension and lean it up against the wall.

Extension out of Way April 29, 2002. Here is the extension leaning on the wall. Notice the pair of folded legs.

Extension Join Detail April 29, 2002. This shows the sort of "groove and tongue" joint on the end of the extension. The "tongue" portion was added to the original rack.

Addition to Old Rack April 29, 2002. Here is the "tongue" portion added to the end of the original cutting board/cover. This was the only change to the orginal rack. Very simple.

Extension Locked in Place April 29, 2002. Once the extension is slipped in place, two nails are set in place to keep the extension where it is. The nail goes through the "tongue" and the "groove".