On occasion, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has received a visit from a familiar face, from Mr. Rogers to the Very Hungry Caterpillar. This fall, fans of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters might have recognized a particular guest in the Children’s Museum when he came to visit MAKESHOP: Adam Savage–maker, artist, and TV host (among many other titles). During his visit, Savage highlighted a MAKESHOP staple that has generated questions and admiration from visitors of all kinds: our tape rack.
Yesterday, Savage revealed his own take on our tape rack, which he’s using to store and dispense a variety of spool-able materials:
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about our tape rack.
Q: What is it?
A: It’s a metal pipe structure roughly five feet in height with horizontal rails/rods that are easily removable, and the entire structure is on wheels.
Q: Where did it come from?
A: According to Anne Fullenkamp, the Museum’s Director of Design, this tape rack came from a (now closed) Pittsburgh store called Used Store Fixtures, Inc., and was originally used as a hanger management rack. You can see similar models here:
Q: How do you remove a roll from the middle of the rail or replace a roll of tape?
A: The beauty of our tape rack is that the horizontal rails are not fixed to the outer frame of the rack. We can easily lift them to replace a row of tape, as demonstrated by Teaching Artist Devon:
Just be careful not to tip the rail, as it can cause a big mess!
If you’re interested in making a custom tape rack, here are some tutorials for more inspiration:
- Instructables: How to Make a Wire Rack
- Sew Many Ways: Ribbon Organizing Again…Tension Rods
- Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom: Easy Washi Tape Storage
- Dog Named Banjo: Small Craft Room Enhancement
- Guide Patterns: 23 Pipe Clothing Rack DIY Tutorials
Adam Savage will return to Pittsburgh in March 2017 for a performance of Brain Candy Live at Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Benedum Center.