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Big plate foldable tripod

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I inherited a big north-african copper plate from my grandfather, and I like to use it as a coffee table when I have a drink with my friends. So I need something to put it on, but it has to take as little place as possible when not in use. This is why I made this quick and easy foldable tripod.
 
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Step 1: Very few components

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I used an old curtain rod that I sawed into 3 equal pieces. You could also find old stool parts, or anything that is about 2 feet long.

You will need some string or leather link (even a thin chain).

Step 2: A little drilling

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Drill 2 holes in each rod. One will be in the middle of the rod and the other one about 1 inch from the end.

One rod should have holes large enough to hide and hold a string knot.

Step 3: Cut the string

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Cut the string so you get 2 pieces:

- long piece: about twice the length of a rod
- short piece: about 7 times the width of a rod

Step 4: Tie

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Use the short string in the middle holes and the long string in the end holes. Try and push the knots inside the holes, so they won't move and get untied.

Step 5: Customize

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Paint, tint, sculpt, glue: let your imagination create... (mine was rather lazy!)

Step 6: Et voila!

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Well, this is not really a miracle. Just a useful, easy to do, rod-recycling object.
DeeRilee1 year ago
This is a great thing to remember when out camping! I always have paracord with me, and while the drilled holes make it much more stable.....notching 3 sturdy sticks would do in a pinch!
bethmwl1 year ago
Thanks for the inspiration. This would be great for the beach. Nicely done too