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Postby bigdane » Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:33 pm

I'm trying to figure out how to fabricate something like this to loop fabric through. I'm thinking of maybe rebar or maybe pvc would be lighter and easier...though I'm not to sure about the hoop part, or how to construct something like that perhaps the answer might be two pieces jointed on site. I'd like to create several to post around my campsite and drape fabric through..i'm thinking parachute fabric or something lightweight..dunno specifically...just thought I wanted to do something so I am...
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Re: input needed

Postby Elderberry » Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:31 pm

Lot's of people looking, but nobody seems to have any ideas.

What exactly are your trying to achieve, look wise?
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Re: input needed

Postby ygmir » Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:12 pm

jkisha wrote:Lot's of people looking, but nobody seems to have any ideas.

What exactly are your trying to achieve, look wise?


yeah, maybe more clarity on the design/idea?
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Re: input needed

Postby bigdane » Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:29 pm

something like a series of hoops with fabric looping through...
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I'm imagining it around something, dunno what, maybe camp...
my thought is that if the poles where in the ground a foot or two that it would give it stability but still keep it high enough...
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Re: input needed

Postby FIGJAM » Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:31 pm

1/2" to 3/4" irrigation drip line and some T's.

Put those on the end of 1" sticks of emt.

3' pieces of rebar pounded in 2', then slide the emt over those.

How much waight does it have to hold?
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Re: input needed

Postby bigdane » Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:40 pm

just the fabric...couldn't be but a pound...probably less...the rebar/emt idea is excellent, would the irrigation line hold shape?
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Re: input needed

Postby FIGJAM » Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:48 pm

bigdane wrote:just the fabric...couldn't be but a pound...probably less...the rebar/emt idea is excellent, would the irrigation line hold shape?



Yup, it was the first thing I used on the original bucket cooler. 8)
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Re: input needed

Postby Elderberry » Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:23 pm

Seems like that got the creative juices flowing.
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Re: input needed

Postby BBadger » Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:38 pm

Get a T-post and make some Hoops.

You can also use brass rings.
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Re: input needed

Postby vachot » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:17 pm

Your design shows a 12 inch diameter hoop; pretty tight circle to bend some of that tubing, unless your use something like 1/2" copper pipe, which comes already coiled in about the right size, but kinda expensive, although it can be buffed up to shine good. Solder it to a short piece of 1" copper pipe and stick it on the end of a pole.
Or, it'd be cheaper to get a chunk of really big diameter plastic pipe, say 12" diameter, and use a bandsaw to slice it up into hoops that can be screwed onto poles...
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Re: input needed

Postby voiceinthedarkness » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:40 pm

You may want to consider plastic culvert for the hoops, cut to a reasonable width, perhaps 2" or 2 1/2". Culvert diameter is whatever you desire. Not that difficult to cut with a common hand-saw.

Cut the hoops wide enough, then cut a hole in the middle with a hole saw, something like 3/4" or 1". Use threaded PVC fittings (Male through the hole, nut threaded inside the hoop), then PVC pipe for the rod.

Great idea using rebar stake. Slide PVC over the stake. Cheap, flexible, durable, lightweight. I'm unsure how well the culvert would handle high temps; should do reasonably well. El wire on the poles? Paintable, as well.

With that height, how do you intend to manage the drape of the cloth?

I look forward to seeing it.
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Re: input needed

Postby Elliot » Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:36 pm

My first thought is 1/4 " mild steel rod. I've used this to make framework for several cloth-covered decorations of complex shapes.

Could these things have two legs? Then it would be very easy to make; imagine an up-side-down U, plus a full 360. The only needed tool would be something round, 8 or 10 inches, to bend it around.

But.... Is this stuff going to be at ankle height?
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