Introduction: Lantern Hanger

If you have ever wanted to hang a lantern above a picnic table, this is a project you would like to do.

Step 1: What You Need: Materials

  • 3/4" 90 degree elbow: 4 pieces ($0.89/piece)
  • 3/4" Tee: 2 pieces ($1.85/piece)
  • 3/4" 45 degree: 2 pieces ($1.45/piece)
  • 3/4" cap: 1 piece ($0.64)
  • 3/4" x 5’ pipe: 1 piece ($11.71)
  • 3/4" adapter (optional, around $5-$7, use it if you have one somewhere in your tool box)
  • Clamp (12-16in long)

Note: the Tees and 45 degree elbow can be 3/4in to 1/2in. That means you have to purchase 1/2in pipe.

Step 2: What You Need: Tools

  • Soldering kit (torch, flux, lead free silver solder wire, flint spark lighter)
  • Pipe cutter, sand paper, tape measure, pliers.
  • Safety glasses, gloves.
  • Bucket of water
  • 3-4 bricks (so you don't have solder your stuff on your nice garage floor)

Step 3: Here Is What You Are Making and Cutting.

  • part 1: 22”;
  • part 2: 6”;
  • part 3: 6.25”;
  • part 4: 6”;
  • part 5: 3”;
  • part 6: 4”;
  • part 7: 1.5” x4 (these pieces connect tee-elbow; elbow-elbow; elbow-cap)

Step 4: Cleaning the Pipes and All Connetors.

After all the cutting, use sand paper to clean up all the pipes, tees, elbows, and cap. If you have a Dremel, it makes the cleaning easier and faster.

Step 5: Soldering...

Before you do any soldering: Make sure your pieces lay on a flat surface (floor or bricks); wear safety glasses and gloves; you also need a bucket of water to drop your work in after soldering.

Now let’s do some soldering (don’t forget to use solder flux and also don’t use too much of soldering wire). I soldered in 3 small sections and soldered them in the following order:

Step 6: Soldering...

Section 1: solder a to f.


Step 7: Soldering...

Section 2: solder g to h.

Step 8: Soldering...

Section 3: solder i to l.

Step 9: Soldering...

Now put 3 sections together and solder m to o.

Step 10: Soldering...

Now you can solder part 1, connector, scrap (end piece) together with the previous sections.

Note: I hammered down the end piece just enough to fit with the clamp.

Step 11: Final Product

Now, all you have to do is some cleaning and try it out. The connector at the bottom allows you to turn and lock the hanger to prevent it from spinning.

Step 12: More Pictures

Comments

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a-rehak (author)2014-08-29

have you thought about using pvc pipe. i suggest this because my brother in law does alot of night fishing and uses a camp light in his boat. the pvc would be lighter material also instead of a clamp, an adjustment to a bigger pipe to fit into a rod holder?

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gdsmit1 (author)a-rehak2015-06-04

Those lanterns generate a lot of heat. I think if you made this our of PVC, it would droop a lot once it heated up. But if it was a battery powered lantern it would probably work fine.

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fixmystuff (author)gdsmit12015-06-04

I made one but didn't like how it looks or feels. It's absolutely lighter and the heat was not a problem. Thanks

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rb2001 (author)2014-06-09

I can't say that I need this. However, it is a great project to hone soldering skills. This is reason enough for me to give it a try.

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Wow, cool! I love the industrial/steampunk look! Very unique!

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