Firewood Rack-Trampoline Reincarnated

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Introduction: Firewood Rack-Trampoline Reincarnated

About: I work as a Realtor at Keller Williams - Fredericksburg. I'm also a partner in a granite countertop company. Married to Jodie. We have (2) awesome children, Anissa & Troy.

Here's an idea for demolished trampolines. Use the legs to build a firewood rack. We had a large limb break off of a Post Oak tree during a typical Central Texas thunderstorm. It landed right on our new trampoline!  One of the leg bases was crushed, so I only had enough pieces to make one rack.  

Step 1: Materials

Each trampoline leg is made up of a base with (2) 90° corners and 2 straight sections (pic1):

You'll need:
(2) - leg bases from trampoline
(8)- straight leg sections from trampoline
(1)- 5' length of 1-5/8" pipe (chain-link fence line post)
(1)- 4' landsacpe timber or 4' treated 4"x4"
(4) - 3/8" x 3-1/2" lag screws
(4)- 3/8" flat washers

Tools:
Welder
Electric Drill
Drill Press
1-5/8 Hole Saw Bit
3/8" Drill Bit
Wrench

 

Step 2: Knotching the Braces

Use a drill press or pipe knotcher to cut 1-5/8" knotches in both ends of 1-5/8" galvanized pipe. I made (4) of these at 11" long at the shortest point. I have a wood stove that uses firewood cut around 16" long. If you use bigger firewood, you may want to cut these longer.    

Step 3: Welding the Bases

Stand-up one of the leg bases on a flat surface, using a carpenter's square to make it perpendictular to the floor. I clamped the top of the straight leg section to sawhorse to keep it stable Take one of the knotched braces & set it at a right angle to the leg base. Tack-weld it at the point where the leg base is flat on the floor. Stand-up the other leg base the same way & tack it to the other end of the knotched brace.

Step 4: Weld Upper Braces

After tack-weldng the lower braces, lay the rack over & place one of the knotched braces down 2" from the top. Weld the (2) staight leg sections resting on the floor together & weld that to the leg base. Do the same thing to the other end, flip it to the other side & repeat (pic 1). Now stand it upright use a torpedo level to set the knotched brace  clamp it in place & tack it to the staight leg section (pic 2). 
Complete all of the welds where you tack-welded before. Be sure to have a fan blowing the welding smoke away when you weld galvanized metal.   

Step 5: Attach Base

Cut landscape timber or treated 4"x4"approx. 17" Set under the bottom knotched braces & drill (2) 3/8" holes through each. Secure a 3/8" x 3-1/2" lag screw through each hole. I placed an end cap on top of each straight leg section.

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    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-YyWyJ16eRvo/Tl9-BGYS-AI/AAAAAAAABGE/qZUQjx_Dfa4/s800/IMG_20110901_083011.jpg

    Finally got a chance to make it last night.

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    That's great! I'm waiting for 100° to end so I can cut & haul firewood for this year!
    Todd Kneese
    Fredericksburg, TX

    Great idea! The house I purchased month ago has an old trampoline down in the woods from the previous owner. I'll fish the legs out this weekend and make use of them since I'm up to my ears in fire wood now.