Another version of the Aluminum Surplus Military Pole Stand
Out of respect for Turtle Lady and Turtle dog, I didn't want to clog up her bamboo thread any more with a similar stand but uses hardware instead of lashing, and it's aluminum poles that are taken down and fits into my Camry Trunk.
I took the hardware from Artjrk, and used it for the surplus Military Aluminum poles others were using.
The Clips from Mustard Man at Grainger
The drilling from Breyman and Gmcttr
And the inspiration from everyone else's contribution on the Aluminum poles, as well as the Turtle Dog stand.
Here is the stand,
The Layout from Artjrk:
The process I used to get there:
I drilled 5/16" holes 43 inches up from the bottom of the pole (The tops are inconsistent by up to 1/8" and measuring from them will result in differences) and drilled through the thickest part of the pole, where the aluminum tube is combined with the inserted aluminum.
2 - 4 1/2 inch 5/16 bolts
2 - 4" 5/16 eye bolts
6 - Standard Washers ( For the bolt that goes through the poles, 3 for each tripod ) Picture shows 4 but I used 6
4- Larger Pan washers (2 for each eyebolt )
4 - 5/15 Nylon Lock nuts ( locking the 4 1/2" bolt and the eye bolt for each stand )
2 - 5/16 standard nuts ( For each eye Bolt)
2 - 3/8 inch pieces cut from 1/2" PVC pipe
10 - Grainger Snap clips to keep the poles together:
I cut the 3/8" piece of 1/2" pvc with wire cutters
Pressed it into the eyebolt:
Then used a torch to heat the nut and pressed it into the pvc pipe: (You can use a heat gun too)
Here is a pic of the eye bolt and the pan washers:
I did also insert 3- 3/8 nuts and 2- 5/16 lock washers that float over the 5/16 bolt inside each pole, but just in case it started to collapse for some reason internally, I would have something to stop it. Don't know if it's necessary but I am a big boy and the more sturdy the better, but likely just a wasted effort. The stand seemed very sturdy.
I plan to make better hardware limiters that is basically some Amsteel with a triangle of nylon surrounding it for a shelf on each side.
Very nice execution with well thought out details.:thumbup1: Thanks for the photos.
Really clear instructions. Thanks for taking the time to post! Be careful with limiters made with cordage. Your stand is more "upright" (like mine). Others seem to make theirs more splayed where cordage works well to limit the spread. My more upright stands tended to "walk" inward and collapse, so I had to make rigid limiters. But that did solve the problem. :D
very nice writeup - and final assembly looks rock solid. Are you able to just loosen the nuts to get the poles to fold up flat? And how do you attach the cross bar?
Me likey! Nice work. Can you give us some weights and a photo with totally broken down to get an idea for how big the bundle is when it's in the trunk of the Camry?
Each pole is 2.25lbs and I am using 16 poles so it would be 36lbs for the poles, add 1 lb for my hardware and another 1.5- 2 for the bag. So about 40 lbs.
Nice adaptation. I've been debating on whether I should get those aluminum poles as well. I like how it could pack up to 4' length. Since mine are wood, I'm still at 6'. Which is fine for hanging in my office(as I am doing now). I do want a more compact stand to take on scout trips.
Here's Bear on the kitty hammock I made by tying fabric on my limiters:
Here is the stand setup in the basement, I am working on the whoopie continuous loop, it was too long the first time, so please ignore the messy basement.
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