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Window Shelf - Propagation Station


Mtortori
Mtortori
Mtortori
Mtortori

A window shelf that attaches to the window (without modification to the window) that slides up and down when you want to open it. The shelf holds test tubes that are made for propagating plants. Before, there was just a mason jar with the test tubes sitting on the edge of the window. Not the safest thing because of the precarious position. Plus, the new shelf holds 8 test tubes as opposed to 4. The shades even pass in front when needed to block the sun. The test tubes were held in place with 3D printed clips but the test tubes would slide down with the weight of the water. To remedy this, I added magnets, one inside and one out that would clamp on the glass and hold it in place. I added brass trim on the front edge and experimented a little with using a router and a wood chamfer bit to shape it. It worked out great but it left line artifacts in the brass,I liked it so I left it; I could have sanded it out. Another influence on the design was to keep the plants out of reach of my cat, which it now does. The test tubes also mimic the NYC skyline because they can be moved up or down to mimic the buildings.

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  • So cool! I especially like that the tube heights can be artfully adjusted.
    By wmfranke, on April 30, 2020

  • So well thought out! I love that it travels with the sash when you open and close the window.
    By Jody4mica, on April 30, 2020 (edited)

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Window Shelf - Propagation Station

by Mtortori
Apr 10, 2020

A window shelf that attaches to the window (without modification to the window) that slides up and down when you want to open it. The shelf holds test tubes that are made for propagating plants. Before, there was just a mason jar with the test tubes sitting on the edge of the window. Not the safest thing because of the precarious position. Plus, the new shelf holds 8 test tubes as opposed to 4. The shades even pass in front when needed to block the sun. The test tubes were held in place with 3D printed clips but the test tubes would slide down with the weight of the water. To remedy this, I added magnets, one inside and one out that would clamp on the glass and hold it in place. I added brass trim on the front edge and experimented a little with using a router and a wood chamfer bit to shape it. It worked out great but it left line artifacts in the brass,I liked it so I left it; I could have sanded it out. Another influence on the design was to keep the plants out of reach of my cat, which it now does. The test tubes also mimic the NYC skyline because they can be moved up or down to mimic the buildings.