If you're going to the beach, you're going to need a way to escape from the cruel sun!  Here are directions that can help you build your own shade-supplying beach umbrella!

Step 1: Tools and Supplies

For this project you're going to need:
-A bamboo pole (7+ ft.)
-9 Wooden dowels (mine are 4 ft. long)
-A Hacksaw
-A PVC coupling that can slide on the bambboo comfortably
-A Power drill
-Some strong, thin wire
-A long bolt or screw (around 4-5 inches)
-12 Eye hooks
-A screw for the umbrella top
      -A washer that fits the top screw
-Sturdy cloth (at least 5 or 6 yards)
-A sewing machine with thread
-A needle for hand sewing
Good work. But that umbrella seems rather loose...
The canvas was acting really stiff earlier, but has since stretched out nicely and the umbrella can open up. I plan on drilling another hole higher up, which will open the umbrella more and make it tighter. So it was just an issue of fabric choice on that. :)
<p>I was wondering why you weren't opening up the umbrella, but now I understand. I love this instructable. I throw away more umbrellas each year but I save the material. Now I can make my own. And this instructable looks way more durable than the ones I have to throw away. Thank you!</p>
The project looks really nice, will try it over the weekend.<br><br>Thanks.
What kind of cloth did you use? And what kind of cloth would you suggest? Also did you spray it with any kind of protection?Thanks for the info..

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