New Mini Rack Project

New Mini Rack Project

Postby Tyronen » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:21 am

So I’ve been wanting to make a small rack for a while now but had never tried it before. When I picked up my Jungle Carpet Python recently I got a couple tips from Eugene.

I got all the wood from Timber City which they also cut to size, I was able to find a close matching colour to my existing cages. I wanted a 6 x 11L Tub system (600mm x 553mm is what I had to work with) to fit in exactly where I has some space in my existing cage setup. I'm a bit of a neat freak :lol:

So here are the supplies

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Getting there

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Basic shape is sorted now

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Got the Backing on with some tubs in place, almost finished
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Here is the open space in my cage setup where it’s going

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Here is the finished result of my first mini rack project :D I had a lot of fun doing it and was easier than I thought.

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Re: New Mini Rack Project

Postby dirkie1 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:57 am

Nice . Love the way all your cages are stacked ,covering the whole wall. :-D
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Re: New Mini Rack Project

Postby gekosin » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:01 pm

Very nice! Still keen to make a rack myself, did timber city also do the routing of the groves for you?
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Re: New Mini Rack Project

Postby Mitton » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:13 pm

Awesome man, looks great and very neat. Well done!
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Re: New Mini Rack Project

Postby Tyronen » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:19 pm

Thanks guys!

@Mittion - some good tips mate, many thx and using the CD's as spacers worked 100% :)

@gekosin - Yes Timber City did the grooves for me as well. They use the table saw with a 3mm wide blade and they can set the depth of the blade sticking out the table to 5mm. Then they simply run the board over the blade and it cuts a groove on the underside 5mm deep and about 3.5-4mm wide. I went into the back where they cut at Timber City to show them exactly how I wanted the grooves cut done.
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Re: New Mini Rack Project

Postby Naneek » Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:24 pm

wow looks good!
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Re: New Mini Rack Project

Postby tobiasf » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:47 pm

Hi Tyronen,


I'm also now busy with my rack......very nice design you have there.....Here's my set up I purchased 30 W heating cables bought my wood and also cut the grooves in it.
But I bought aluminium tape from the hardware store and but it in the grooves , then heating cables en then taped over it with the aluminium

It is spreading the heat very nicely and evenly you don't loose any heat going down in the wood.

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Re: New Mini Rack Project

Postby tobiasf » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:49 pm

Final Pictures the tape is very strong and it holds on to the board
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Re: New Mini Rack Project

Postby RaD » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:15 pm

this looks great. can i offer you some cash to build one for me?
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Re: New Mini Rack Project

Postby Tyronen » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:36 pm

@Tobiasf - I've heard of people using Alu tape but I've never seen it before in practise. I must say that's an interesting idea, kind of like your own homemade foil heating pad. Please post some pics of it all put together when you are done. It's always great to see ideas one could include in their next rack design :)

@Rad - I just built this for my own collection, I'm not a pro rack builder but plenty of guys hear are. Maybe put a wanted ad in the classified section. Or try make one yourself and we will give you some ideas to work with.
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Re: New Mini Rack Project

Postby tobiasf » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:03 pm

Hi Tyronen,

What snakes do you have?
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Re: New Mini Rack Project

Postby Tyronen » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:19 am

I've got a :
Male Pastel Ball
Female Normal Ball
Female Normal Corn
Male Pueblan Milk Snake
Female Dumeril
Female Jungle Carpet Python

And yourself Tobiasf?

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