PVC Desktop Organizer




About: "Logic is the beginning of wisdom; not the end" - Spock

In this Instructable I will show you how to make a desktop organizer with a few scraps of pvc and some household tools in about 10-15 minutes.

Step 1: Materials

For this project you will need:
- PVC pipe scraps of varying width.
- A tool for measuring 60° (Protractor or 30/60 triangle work)
- A marker
- A hacksaw
- Sandpaper
- Superglue

Step 2: Mark the Angle

This angle will be cut to make the bottom of the organizer. Take your marker and angle device to mark an angle that will run 60° to the walls of the pipe.
To make another module of the organizer on an already-cut piece of pipe, simply mark and cut a line perpendicular to the wall of the pipe.
This organizer is made up of multiple modules with the same angle, each with varying lengths. My cuts were about 1-1/2", 2", 2-1/2", and 3" long. Mess around and try different lengths to get different looks and results.

Step 3: Cut the Pipe

Saw along the line that was marked in the last step using a hacksaw. Afterwards, clean up the edges of the pipe with sandpaper. Repeat this for each module of the organizer.

Step 4: Arrange and Glue

Find the arrangement that you want the modules to be put together in. Once you find the best arrangement, glue them with superglue at their contact points.

Step 5: Organize!

Once the super glue dries, your desk organizer is ready for action. This organizer can be attached to walls or put on a desk. If you need more space you can always cut and glue on another module.

Note: I didn't put a bottom on mine. You can cut out and glue circles of inner tube or cardboard to the bottom of yours.



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    8 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I like this idea! easy to do, simple in design, plain not flashy,....I'm thinking I could use several of these for different things through out my home.....

    TY for sharing. : )


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    PVC can be painted or stained....

    I have never stain PVC so I have no experience doing that...

    Before painting the PVC your choice of color, I suggest spraying it with a red primer(2 coats) and then once that dries(let sit for 1 day at least between each coat for the primer to completely dry & cure) & then paint with your color choice...

    If so desired, stickers can be used for decoration, so can all the various colors of paints to decorate in your choice of ways.

    Good luck & have fun!! : )


    4 years ago on Introduction

    heat up a scrap of pipe until it's pliable, flatten it out on a scrap piece of plywood by stepping on it (make certain there is a piece pf plywood between your foot & the plastic or it could be a trip to the Emergency room of your local hospital)....after you flatten it, wait for it to cool down enough to handle with your bare hands (can be dropped in cold water to speed up the cooling), cut from this, a round piece that you can glue into the pipe for a bottom. wait for glue to dry before using.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Love This Idea. I used the angled side facing up for some style, painted it black and used some polymorph for a bottom. Poly sticks really well to PVC. (Even found a place for my OpenROV button from Maker Faire NYC.) Thanx for the post!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    nice idea.... attaching to walls sound pretty good... will definitely make one.