Fresh storage

In need of some storage space for your vegetables? This month we show you how to construct a simple veggie rack.

 

By André Gous

Cutting list

Four 1 150mm lengths of 8mm round bar

Twenty 390mm lengths of 8mm round bar

Tools

Angle grinderTape measureWelding machineWelding electrodesBending machine or jigs

Materials

12.4m of 8mm thick round barPaintThree baskets of your choice

Project guide

Difficulty: Easy

Estimated time: 2-3 hours

Cost: R200

Step-by-step guide

Step 1: First, you need to determine the size of the baskets. Measure the height, width and depth. The baskets I used measured 180mm (h) x 370mm (w) x 370mm (d). Therefore, the height of the basket x 3 = 540mm. You need to add a bit extra for the veggie rack’s clearance of the ground as well as for spacing between each basket. You can adjust this extra spacing to your liking. I also added 20mm to the width and depth, which left me with a measurement of 390mm.

 

Step 2: Now that everything is measured, you can start by cutting the metal for the feet. In this case, four 1 150mm lengths of 8mm round bar were required.

 

Step 3: To bend the scrolls for the feet, measure 450mm from one end of the four 1 150mm round bar lengths. After bending the scrolls, the straight parts of the four legs were 700mm long.

 

Step 4: Cut 20 lengths of 8mm round bar measuring 390mm each.

 

Step 5: Place the four legs on top of each other. From the top, measure 233mm down until you reach the 700mm mark just above the scrolls. Make sure these markings are transferred to all four legs.

 

Step 6: Take two of the legs and lay them on your work surface. The two scrolls should face outward. Next, place four of the 390mm pieces between the two legs and line them up with the markings on the legs you made earlier. One of them goes right at the top. You now need to weld these four pieces onto the legs, but make sure they are square before doing so. Do the same with the other two legs and four more 390mm lengths. This is the back and front of the veggie rack.

 

Step 7: On each of the 390mm lengths that connect the two legs measure 50mm inwards. On each of these marks you need to weld a 390mm length of round bar perpendicular to the lengths that connect the legs. Again, make sure everything is square before you weld. A 90° clamp, like this one from Magswitch, makes things a lot easier.

 

Step 8: Now you can join the front and back parts of the veggie rack. Do this by placing the remaining leg on top of the six lengths you welded in place in Step 7. Make sure the six lengths that connect the front and back are welded 50mm inwards as well.

 

Step 9: Place the veggie rack on its feet. Measure 50mm upwards on the four legs from where the three baskets will sit. Weld six 390mm lengths of round bar between the front and back of the veggie rack on the marks you made. These will be the guides that make sure the baskets stay in position.

 

Step 10: Finally sand the veggie rack and give it a coat of paint.

 

Note: You can place a large tile on top of the veggie rack to serve as a cutting surface.