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I needed to make a large painting stand, but it had to fold away to save space in the shop. Come along while we solve problems, adjust plans, and make something awesome.

  1. Make the Structure
  2. Modify Pipe Joints
  3. Make Hangers

1. Make the Structure

The basic idea for this collapsible paint stand is a set of sturdy uprights with metal pipes connecting them. To make the sturdy uprights, I used some pressure treated 4×4 posts. Those large timbers need a lot of support when joined together. The longer and heavier beams provide a lot of torque when stood up on end. To counteract this torque, I decided to use traditional joinery and screws. I cut a half lap on the end of the vertical post and the corresponding pocket in the middle of the lower support. Using some Titebond 3 glue and screws, I connected the two pieces to make a set of inverted Ts. Before I proceed, I attached some caster to the bottoms of the Ts.

2. Modify the Pipe Joints

To connect the two uprights, I decided to use some hinged pipe fittings. These fittings, two on each upright, swing horizontally so the two connecting pole can pivot when the stand is collapsed against the wall. The bad thing about these fittings is that they are loose. Connecting some temporary poles between the uprights was comically bad. The uprights flopped and spun out of control because of the loose fittings. To fix this, I added some washers in the hinge’s gaps. Now that the hinges are tighter and the bases are cut to fit the 4×4 posts, I can assemble the rigid rack.

3. Make Hangers

After moving the painting stand out to the farm, I can add some custom hangers. The beauty is in the simplicity. The rack is basically a hanger bar supported by collapsible uprights. This open concept allows me to hang really large items like the Karmann Ghia’s hood and engine cover. To securely hang them, I found some metal clasps that will fit in the metal panels hung from metal safety wire. These simple and secure hangers are easy enough to make and reuse for future parts. I also got some custom cut hanging racks for smaller parts. These metal plates were cut by a company called Send Cut Send, who sponsored the video, and they make an awesome addition to the collapsible paint stand.