This is a drying rack for plates.  It is made of 6 inch diameter PVC pipe.  It is a simple and perhaps elegant solution to holding plates.  All it takes is a few saw cuts. 

Step 1: Marking parallel lines

You need to find and mark center lines and side edge lines for the half-cylinder you are going to cut out of the pipe.  The easiest way I have found to mark the pipe is to find a convenient door frame with a straight edge one can mark against as the pipe is held in an angle of the frame. 
<p>Just genius, I gonna make it, thanks!</p>
Are PVC is toxic?
As far as I know, once the ingredients of PVC are polymerized, the PVC is not especially toxic. People touch it all the time, and drink water that comes through it. -- Vinyl-chloride, one of the ingredients of PVC (poly-vinyl chloride) is very toxic. The manufacturing stage is risky, I imagine. If PVC burns it releases toxic gasses. I find PVC to be a very good material, when treated properly.
Stylish, efficient ,sleek, great design. This cannot only be used for drying dishes. But it can serve as a display for funky china , storage for cookies sheets and trays. I am thinking about this for my sewing room. I would use it to hold cutting mats and rulers and large stencils. Too cool.
Wow! Go for it!
Wonderful Idea, I liked very much..Simple,Sweet..
Looked at this instructable just to see how you made the nice long cut down the side of the PVC. Would have never thought to use a door frame. Nice job, very clever!
This is a great idea. I'm got lots of the stuff lying around and am always looking for new ways to use it. Way to go!
Glad you like it. Check out my other instructable, http://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Its-Great-for-Inventions to get some more ideas for projects.
This is the coolest thing I have seen in ages! Am going to prod hubby to make one for our travel trailer. It won't take up a lot of space when in use and will just slip out of sight under the sink when not in use! Total genius! :)
This is genius!
How do you get such a nice curved cut with a straight saw?
Even the straight cut is a curved cut. :) The curved cut is just a straight cut that intersects the pipe at an angle. Start the cut at the top of the curve and aim to finish it at the two points of the crescent. I think you would need good aim to hit both points with one cut. I did mine in two cuts, from the center to one point and again from the center to the other point. -- If you have any scrap pipe, do a couple practice cuts to get a feel for it.
You don't show how you did the lengthwise cut. Did you also use the miter saw for this?
Yes, the miter saw is all you need to do the whole project (along with a file for the edges).
Good deal. I'm looking into another project that requires halving 53&quot; sections of 2&quot; PVC lengthwise, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about it.
A table saw works, too, if you've got one. The pipe tends to snap shut, though, closing the saw cut at the end of the cut, and can make a minor imperfection at that point. I'd probably stick to drawing the line in a door frame and cutting it with the miter saw.
Just looking at the main picture I new how to do it!!!!!! Nice job any way!!
Nice design... very clean, simple, etc.
Simple, and functional. Nice work.

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