Originally Posted by Knotty
Nice work hikeeba & Running Feather.
Have either of you made plans with dimensions that you can share or did you just wing it, trying to duplicate what TrailH4X showed in his pics?
From memory, as best as I can remember:
I did a combination of measuring and eyeballing. Did a little trial and error before settling on the final setup.
Base is two 8' 2x4s. Uprights and supports pieces are 6' 2x4. Support 2x4s are attached in the center of the base; the hole drilled 1.75" in from the end. The support 2x4s are then attached to the uprights at the 5.5' mark from their base end. Off-hand, I do not recall where on the uprights they intersect. I will check and get back with that info.
Base has two 4' 2x4s placed out near the ends as feet. Feet are attached with 3" deck screws (4 in each; 2 into each base board).
Other hardware is 3/8" threaded rod cut to length with an angle grinder. If you do this, remember to spin some nuts onto the rod before cutting it. Spinning off the nuts will then straighten out your threads. Hardware for the roads consists of a locking nut and washer on one side, and a wing nut, split washer and flat washer on the other side. This setup allows the unit to be disassembled easily if need be. Eye bolts are big eyebolts I found near the clothesline hardware at Home Depot. I think they are 6". All hardware is stainless steel.
The neighbor thinks it is cool, and remarked that she was impressed at how quickly I assembled the stand. Tip: To impress your neighbors, do all your measuring, cutting, and rough assembly in the basement or in the garage.