looking for plans for a make-it-yourself light stand; please help
I am in the process of planning to make a grow light stand. I've found the lights to use for it, and I found where I can get shop lights that are what I'm looking for at a decent price.
NOTE: I did look for plans online and via this forum but the forum with the link the link was broken. The only plans I found online were one tier grow light shelves which isn't what I'm looking for.
I plan to do a 4-tiered light stand. I found a 4 tier shelf with each shelf being 48" long (the shelves have to be that long, as this is how long my lights are). It's $79.
I am debating making a grow light stand myself from PVC pipe. HOwever my question is which would be the cheaper way to go? Building the stand from pvc pipe or buying the already constructed 4 tier shelf?
Here is a link that gives a picture of what I'd like for it to look like. Here is the materials needed and how they constructed it (excerpt it listed below)
The stand is six feet tall, four feet long and two feet wide, and consists of 57 sections of pipe, 50 joints, 4 plywood shelves, 16 bolts, 4 shop lights and 8 fluorescent bulbs. Cost: $151.69. Cost in aggravation: $8 million, which included five journeys to three big-box stores at a time when hordes were fighting over the last snow shovel on the Eastern Seaboard.
I won't bore you with all the snags in the assembly, except to say that I had to make close to 200 pipe cuts using a miter box and a hacksaw. One of the biggest challenges was anchoring the plywood shelves. They were labeled 48-by-24 inches but as is customary, they were less than that and too small to rest on the frames of pipe for each deck. My initial, harebrained solution was to insert T-joints that would have connected additional supporting pipes beneath the plywood. No good. My second scheme was to drill holes in some of the joints so I could weave a web of supporting string underneath each plank. It looked like a dream catcher, which later seemed oddly appropriate. The solution was to reduce the width of the whole apparatus by an inch so the plywood could be bolted to the frame.
I am looking for instructions similar to this but a little bit more specific and preferably with pictures to go along with each step.