Bamboo 'stanchions' base...?

I'm working on a set of stanchions for a 'Green' event, as we are expecting quite a few people lining up out front of our booth. I'm thinking about bamboo canes for the poles, with holes drilled near the top to allow 1" manila rope (or similar) through, but I'm not sure how to make them stand up, what to use for a base. Ideally it should be enviro-friendly, cheap, light and durable. That's not too much to ask, is it.....?

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kelseymh7 years ago
How much space around your booth do you have? The "obvious" solution is guy wires. Use a "lot" more rope through the top holes: thread it through from the inside to outside, wrap around the bamboo below and above the inside rope, then pull down at an angle and anchor in the ground (a sharpened wooded dowel, 1"-1.5" diameter, should be sufficient). Do this at each corner, with the rope pulled tight between the poles, and you're golden.
RustyCrow (author)  kelseymh7 years ago
Yes, that would be golden, but I forgot to mention this is an indoor event, so I can't stake into the ground....

Ah, then it gets more complicated. You'll need to anchor the bamboo solidly to base plates, probably at least 18" square, and preferably 24". Then you can weigh down the plates, with sandbags or something.

The thing is, as soon as you string rope between the poles, there is a net force trying to tip the poles over and pull the tops together. You have to counterbalance that, and the lever principle is working the wrong way -- the pulling force is far from the fulcrum, but your weights or whatever are right at the fulcrum.

. sandbags or something.
. Nacho recommends "...a few large California milk jugs.", although East Coast ones will do.
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caitlinsdad7 years ago
How about lashing a few large milk jugs or 2-liter plastic soda bottles together as the base to stick the pole in. Fill the bottles with water or sand for weight. Of course, recycle the plastic bottles afterwards.
RustyCrow (author)  caitlinsdad7 years ago
The milk jug thing might have possibilities. The challenge will be to make it look clever but not crappy.
.  I think you meant "...a few large California milk jugs." Maybe not.
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