Don't ever iron your T-shirts again!
Give your first-string tee rotation the respect that it deserves.
Every decent human being has a dozen or so T-shirts that they wear on a regular basis. Some of them are concert shirts, some are them from college, some of them are from radio stations, and some are just plain gifts. Until now, there have been three choices in the care of these fine washables, once they're dry:
1. Take them out of the dryer as soon as they're done, and fold them.
2. Take them out of said dryer as soon as they're done, and hang them in your closet.
3. Just leave 'em in said dryer, and iron them later.
But, folding clothes takes years and years of practice and refinement. It's something that most of us will never perfect. And, you can't hang T-shirts too many times, because the neck starts to stretch out. And third, everyone knows that ironing T-shirts is right up there with folding underwear, in terms of time mangement...
Enter: the T-Shirt Rack ( with NeckSaver)
Just slip 'em on the rack as soon as they're dry, and fuggetaboutem!
Step 1: Acquire Materials
Today kids, we are going to make a T-shirt rack. It will be suitable for T-shirts of the Large and X-large variety. The rack will hold a dozen T-shirts (or tank tops, wife-beaters, etc.)
For this task you will need the following 1/2" schedule-40 PVC pipe components:
28 elbow fittings (90 degree)
24 "T" fittings (how appropo!)
14 pre-cut 18" pipe lengths
24 pre-cut 36" pipe lengths
26 pre-cut 1.25" pipe lengths (joiners)
some kind of chop saw, for the joiners
a rubber mallet, maybe
and no glue, yes, no glue! (especially if you ever plan on moving)
1. You can get pre-cut pipe lengths at OSH, for not much more than the uncut price
2. You have to cut the 1-1/4" joiners yourself, as far as I know
3. Don't be try to be a hero by cutting the joiners to exactly 1.5" (you'll know what I mean)
PROJECT COST: approximately $26 USD
CONSTRUCTION TIME: approximately 26 minutes (PST)
(The pieces I bought from OSH had obviously been used by another customer, and then returned.)
Step 2: Sub-assemble Base
1. Connect 12 "T" fiitings together on each side, using joiners.
2. Assemble both ends of base with 4 elbows and 2 eighteen-inchers.
NOTE: Now's the time to use a flat surface to align the openinings of the fittings with each other.
Step 3: Assemble Base and Sides
1. Turn the "T" fittings upwards, and attach the ends to form the base.
2. Start installing the side pieces. (A rubber mallet will help to seat them all the way.)
NOTE: Don't worry about how the side pieces look, next to each other. When the tops are installed, you will be able to tweak the whole thing as much as you desire.
Step 4: Assemble Tops and Install
1. Assemble 12 tops, just like you did with the ends of the base.
2. Install them over the side pieces.
3. Tweak certain areas as required.
Now go find your 12 T-shirt rotation, and...
Step 5: Slip 'em On!
It's so easy, even a child can do it.
This will save your necks!
NOTE: If you really want to get jiggy with it, you can make a rack that hangs on a wall. You can use specific combinations of other elbow angles (45's, 22.5's) to make the shirts protrude upwards (from a wall), you can add some slope to the shoulders, etc.