Mutli-tiered mat corner sample cart?caddy

Mickey Maynard

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The question is, do I build it or buy it. I built one a few years ago that holds one row of samples about 48 inches long, (on wheels). I'm thinking about building some longer uprights and then putting three or four closet rods and bending some quarter inch plex caddys the size for each group of samples. That might be a lot more trouble than buying one, but now that Crescent has simplified their line I'm thinking about adding their samples back into my showroom after avoiding them for the last twenty years.
 
Mickey,

I like to build things so I would build mine. If you're not mechanically inclined or don't have the wood tools to do the job you might want to buy whatever is available.

I have already posted the different mat caddies that I built a few years ago. If they are still up you can find the threads using the "search" function. Mine were all built out of black walnut or cherry and some had solid mat rests and a couple had dowels to rest the mats on. I don't have any real preference as far as function is concerned but I like the solid body racks for looks.

Framerguy
 
If you like beveled mat samples, the solid rest will be gentler on the samples than dowels.
 
Framerguy, I for one would love to see your mat caddies again as well as the projects you posted that were made from your scraps. I tried to find them one day not too long ago and was unable to pull them up. Believe they were posted about two years ago.

If it's too much trouble or you don't have time, I certainly understand.

Mike
Omaha
 
Originally posted by iceref:
Framerguy, I for one would love to see your mat caddies again as well as the projects you posted that were made from your scraps. I tried to find them one day not too long ago and was unable to pull them up. Believe they were posted about two years ago.

If it's too much trouble or you don't have time, I certainly understand.

Mike
Omaha
How'd you wind up on omaha, iceref??? Last time I read one of your posts, you were still in St. Louis. Either I missed more than I thought during my hiatus from the Grumble or you snuck off when I wasn't looking. (I still love those Blues!!!)

Which projects are you talking about?? I have made so much out of my leftover scraps that I have lost count. Do you want to see the boxes I made out of moulding scraps or the moulding supports I built out of foamboard scraps or the glass cleaner board I made out of cardboard scraps and black dust cover paper or the .......... well, you name your poison and I'll see if I can accomodate you.

I'll try to find my digitals on the mat caddies for you. I put them on a CD and I don't know if they are down here or still up in IL from this last move.

Framerguy
 
Here's a link to a three tiered caddy that we use - purchased it at one of the trade shows and have been happy with it.

http://www.cundyscreations.com/Fixtures-thumbs.htm

If you DIY, what will you have invested in time and materials? What can you make in framing in that same amount of time? Sometimes it's just easier to buy.
 
If you DIY, what will you have invested in time and materials? What can you make in framing in that same amount of time? Sometimes it's just easier to buy.


And I agree with you, Maryann, but we all don't do framing 24/7. I built these because I could and I did them on my off time at home where most of my woodworking tools were located. I would say that you should buy most anything if it would encroach on your productive time in your shop or you really don't have the wherewithall to do it yourself or it would be cost prohibitive to build something rather than buy it outright. But I enjoy designing little things like these and I had the materials to do the job.

It's kinda like baking a homemade pie. You can do it yourself if you know how to make good pie crust and have the equipment to actually make the pie and know how to bake it without burning it. Or you could go to a bakery and buy one. You get pie either way but there is a certain satisfaction in doing it yourself.

FGII
 
FGII,
Bob has built most of our fixtures too. Often, your own design is much better than anything available to buy. Just wanted to throw the thought out there, along with a good source that we found. (lately I feel like I'm framing 24/7 but that's so we're in good shape to go to the BEACH!!! soon) :D
 
Hey Framerguy, sorry for the delay in responding. In answer to your question, I got transferred to Omaha with the railroad 2 years ago. I've got to go 4 more years before I can go back to the Lou and open a shop for good. Until then, I've set up shop here.

I was talking about the business card holders and I thought there were some jewelry boxes that you created out of your scrap mouldings as well as the mat racks. I even tried to make one of your racks without much success. No question it was an operator error story.

Anyway, thanks for the reply. Are you going to make Atlanta? I'm booking flights today.

GO BLUES!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike
Omaha
 
Maryann,

I visited that website and much of what they featured has a very strange appearance to many of the workbenches with built in storage and racks that someone else has featured right here on the Grumble over the years!! Even the dimensions are very close to the benches I built.

Probably just a coincidence as my plans and photos were here in the early 90's and they didn't get started until just 10 years ago.

Mike, I am trying to find a CD that I placed all those digital photos on before my first move from IL down to FL. Talk about misplacing your shoebox of photos, I misplaced my CD of photos!!
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One bad offshoot of using digital, you have no negatives to fall back on if anything is lost. Ah the power of electronics!

I have some other stuff to rummage through before I give up on finding them down here. I am thinking that I must have packed all that stuff in a box that is still stored back in IL. I only have about half my things down here. My sons have the rest in storage.

FGII
 
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