A fun little project for a leisurely summer day.
Step 1: Acquire the Building Materials
This build will need:
- (1) beach chair (I got mine from ALDI)
- (2) 1" Dia x 4ft wooden dowel rod
- (14) 1" O.D., 3/4" I.D. x 45" PVC tubing
- (10) 2" O.D., 1" I.D. x 4ft pool float
- (52) 1/4-20 x 1" SHCS
- (4) 1/4-20 x 3" SHCS
- (56) 1/4-20 hex nut
- 3D printed connectors and end caps
- (126) Empty aluminum cans
- Zip ties / Duct Tape
- Thread tape
- 1/4-20 Allen wrench
- 3D printer
- Super Glue
- 1" Hole saw
- Can opener
Step 2: Preparing the Aluminum Cans
To get the cans ready for construction you have to remove the tops with a can opener. As seen on this instructable:
This is a great idea and a technique I have borrowed before for other "Beer builds"
Each can will also need a 1" dia hole drilled in the bottom
Step 3: Insert the Pool Foam
After the cans are prepared they are ready for the foam inserts.
Simply cut the pool foam to match the length of the can and insert it.
Step 4: Assemble 3D Printed Parts
Assemble the printed parts to hold the PVC piping.
Install and glue hex nuts into each PVC end plug
Step 5: Beertoon Assembly
Hammer the end plugs into the PVC ends. (Use an expanding superglue like gorilla glue to ensure water tight fitting)
Begin assembly of each beertoon.
Step 6: Tighten Beertoon
With the end plugs glued into each end of the PVC pipe we can now tighten all the cans together.
Screwing the 3D printed end caps into the PVC end plugs will act as a clamp and squeeze together all the aluminum cans.
The bolts will need thread tape to ensure no water gets into the PVC tubing.
Step 7: Connect the Beertoons to Chair
Connect the two beertoons together using the 1" Dowel rod and the 3d printed clamp.
The chair will sit on top of the wooden planks and can be tied down with either Duct tape or zip ties.
Step 8: Enjoy
Your beertoon chair is complete and the only thing left to do is enjoy the day and start accumulating more building supplies.
And it goes without saying the chair makes beautiful lawn art that will be the envy of any neighborhood.