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Old 02-26-2009, 04:50 AM   #1
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There are some things I'd rather try to make myself than buy from someone else. So when I started looking for a bottle tree and saw how much they cost, I decided to build my own. Here's some pics:

I bought a pvc pipe and used some extra drywall screws I had laying around, pre-drilled some holes and put the scews in at a 45 degrees. I spaced them from top to bottom using a couple of bottles so they wouldn't be too close or too far apart. I use four screws per level at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock. Oh...and there's my faithful assistant, Luke, working hard, as usual.

Then I took hollow pvc tubeing I bought and cut them to size to put over the screws to hold the bottles. I scubbed the printing off of them before i used them. I like that i am able to pull these tubes off because i can wash them and store them until i need to use them again. I made the stand out of some left over 2x4's. the pvc pipe just slides in and out, again this is great for storage purposes when not in use.

As you can see it works great... in it's current form it holds 60 bottles, but it's tall enough to hold 80 bottles if i added more screws and tubes to it!

oh yeah, total cost to build.....under $12.00 with the extra stuff i had. $16.00 tops if I would have had to buy everything.

What do you think?

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Old 02-26-2009, 04:55 AM   #2
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sweet! I love DIY stuff and for some reason I never thought about building my own bottle tree. This is freaking sweet.


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Old 02-26-2009, 05:03 AM   #3
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How much space is between the screws? Looks like 3 or 4 inches in the picture, but it's tough to tell.

Awesome tree! It's cheap, and it works. You don't really need much else from a bottling tree.
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:07 AM   #4
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:51 PM   #6
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Too Cool!!! Good Job!!

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Old 02-26-2009, 04:02 PM   #7
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Holy Cow! I have a crap load of PVC sitting in my garage and have grown tired of only being able to stick 12 bottles at a time in my sink-drainer. Thanks for the idea!

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Old 02-26-2009, 04:09 PM   #8
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Nice job, what do you use to catch the run off when the bottles drain?
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:23 PM   #9
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That is awesome but I do think it needs a drain pan, easier for cleanup.

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Old 02-26-2009, 04:28 PM   #10
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Do the screws try to bend or shear off at all?
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