When people own their own tools, then they are empowered. When you're done this will be a heavy but moveable dancing pole. You'll be building a base out of wood and the pole will come out of the middle of the base. If you buy the parts it should cost less than $100. This pole has been built based on these instructions by at least 37 people - you can see some pictures of the results below. It has been reported as being sturdy, but not completely solid the way it would be if you were to attach it to the ceiling., but it is mobile and it works pretty good. The first, second, and third images are specifically related to the pole I made, and the rest are variants based on the instructions given here. I have these same instructions at my page in html: How to Make a Stripper Pole
Step 1: List of ingredients
# Go to your favorite hardware store
# Buy one steel plumbing pipe (for the pole) with threads on the bottom. It should be the height of your ceiling minus 5 inches and around 1 3/4 inches in diameter. They'll cut it for you at places like H. Depot. This will not be a shiny mirror color like some professional stripper poles.
# Get a flange to screw the pole into. A flange is a strong base piece that you can screw the pole into and then bolt down to the bottom piece of wood.
# Get the four nuts, bolts, and washers to attach the flange to the bottom of the stripper pole base.
# Plywood usually comes in 4'x8', so get one of those and get them to cut it in half (again, they'll do that at H. Depot for you).
# Get 12' worth of 2"x6" board. Cut it into two 4' pieces, one 1' piece, and two 1 1/2' pieces.
# You'll want a drill with a bit the same size as the bolts for the flange.
# Get some 2 1/2" nails or whatever you have lying around. You might also want a hammer or your brother's head.
# If you want the pole to be more sturdy, get a bunch of bricks or flat-cinder-blocks to put in the base.
Step 2: Stripper pole assembly
# Drill 4 holes in the center of one of the plywood panels and the 1' piece of 2"x6" for the flange to get bolted onto.
# Bolt the flange onto the 1' 2"x6" and the plywood panel panel with the bolts coming up through the bottom, so that the nuts get tightened on to the flange, and put washers between the head of the bolt and the plywood to keep the bolts from pulling through the wood (see figure 2). From the bottom up the sandwich should look like this: heads of bolts, washers, bottom of plywood, 2"x6", flange, nuts, tails of bolts.
# Nail the two 4' long 2"x6" onto the bottom piece of plywood (the one with the flange attached). Put them at the edge of the plywood and on opposite sides.
# Nail the two 1 1/2' long 2"x6" in the middle of the plywood as in the figures. They should butt up against the 1' piece of 2"x6", although they are standing tall, and it is lying on its side.
# Now cut a hole in the exact center of the other piece of plywood the same diameter as the pole. You can do this with a special drill bit made to cut holes or you can just keep drilling holes in a cirlce till the middle falls out.
# Finally, nail the top piece of plywood with the hole in it onto the 2"x6" so that it matches up over the bottom plywood.
# Screw the pole into the flange.
# Put the bricks into the openings on the side to weigh down the base. The farther towards the edge the bricks are the better leverage they'll get to weigh down the base.
Step 3: Q&A and pictures of other people's poles
From FEZ, 9/20/05
I was thnking about it for less the 24hrs when I ran into your web site and then everythng came clear, I had to make a few adjustments to the design for my own extra enjoyment but your basic idea is there, thanks for answering some questions I had.
ps.: I'm 160 and I was swinging on the top of a 7ft pole and there was only the flex of the pole for movement, no instabily of the box at all...
From Karusia and Alan, Canada, 8/4/05
Hi, My boyfriend and I were delighted to find your plans for a pole platform on the web. We added a few of our own ideas and built our own. Here are some pix and mini videos that show the results. Thought you'd get a kick out of it. Our pole comes out and the platform can be stored sideways, so it is semi-portable. I love it. Enjoy.
Karusia and Alan
Wow, how tall was the pole you built? It looks like 12 ft. Was it sturdy swinging from the top? I have never seen pictures of yoga and pole dancing on the same page before. It must be an ancient Hindu technique.
The pole is 10 feet long and it is stainless steel with a brushed finish, 1 3/4 inches in diameter (since I have small paws and fall right off the standard 2 inchers). The platform is 8 1/2 inches high and the floor is 4 foot X 4 foot. I confess I have not swung around at the top yet, but my 21 year old son has shimmied to its heights successfully. There is a bit of play in the pole the further you get from the base, but I feel completely stable. I have practised on the free-standing Platinum Stages model and there is definitely vibration in their pole too, so it's normal. I am happy to have you link to my site and pix, I have certainly enjoyed the info you have shared. I will write again with more feedback on the directions and our info. My boyfriend is the master engineer in this domain. Yes, yoga and pole dancing, a natural tantric combo...The concentration and breathing really help when you go upside down on a steel pipe!
From Chris Austin, California, 6/29/05
Thanks for your help!!!
I wanted to start by saying Thank You for your web page that you have on "How to make a stripper pole". I made my first pole & stage based on your directions that I found on the net. I modified your design and added a few cosmedic touches to my design. I attached a few photos from the early part of the evening. Later on clothing came off and the pole was used to it's full potential. Those photos are under lock and key. If anyone ever needs help they can contact me at my shop through my web site www.skydancersintl.com.
Nice modifications. How did you do it? Did you paint the wood or add a layer of something?
We used the same material that is used to build road cases for musicians. 1/8" laminated abs plywood for the sides. The top is stained and sealed plywood also used for road cases, I build fligh/road cases in my shop and between your design and mine. Out came a superstar stage!
From Daniel, AZ, 3/7/05
I was about to build the stripper pole that you had posted instructions to build. I was curious if you attatched the top of the pole to the ceiling at all, or if the base with weight in it was enough to stop it from falling over? Any advice on this you could give me on this would be great. Thanx!
Hey! The top of the pole isn't attached to the ceiling anywhere, though if
you have a sturdy ceiling there's no reason you couldn't do that. Since we
didn't build the pole at our own house, there was no way we were bolting
into the ceiling without a fight.
Our pole has "flat" cinder blocks in the hollow base (you can use anything
that's heavy). It didn't tip over even when guys swung on it ~ 180 pounds.
Although our pole was only 8 ft. tall.
From Amber, Brevard County FL, 2/12/05
I came to your Cosmo party with my friends Meg and Megan (That's me in the gray shirt sitting on Drunken Claus' lap). I had a great time dancing with all of the girls on your homemade pole, and I was glad to find that you had instructions for building one on your site. I hosted a lingerie party last night and I wanted to send you some pictures of the crazy fiasco. Thanks for the directions!!!
Yeah I totally remember you. It was so much fun! Thanks for coming. I like Megan and Meg. I don't ever get to see them anymore since I moved to Boston. Those freekin pictures are awesome! You built your own pole. That is so wacky that you're the second person now who built a pole off those instructions. So wonderful. I'm posting your pictures below.
Keep it happenin in Brevard,
From Amber, 2/13/05
I thought your party was great too. I met a lot of cool, interesting people, just when I had given up on the possibility of meeting any in the entire state. Meg and Megan both had nothing but nice things to say about you before the party, and they were right. You were way cool, and I am glad I got a chance to meet you (and your bro, girlfriend, ect.).
So, yeah, I built the pole with minor assistance from the guys at Home Depot. It's amazing how quickly they help you when they know what you are building. I had 4-5 middle aged balding men waiting me the entire time I was there. It was quite humorous. None of the instructions were confusing, and the schematic portion really helps. The only difficult part about the pole was getting it into the hotel room without anyone seeing it. We had a blast, and you can definitely post those pictures on your website.
From Brandi, New Orleans, 1/14/05
I just wanted to thank you for the advice you posted on your website about how to construct a stripper pole. I've been thinking about buying one of those removable ones, but they run about $300. I was impressed with the party run down, too. I didn't think you guys up North could party. If you and your friends ever happen to come down to New Orleans and need a tour guide to show you how to really party, just email me. Although, going to sleep at 3:30 is unacceptable considering the bars don't close until sunrise. Thanks again for the information. I'll try and build it this weekend. If it works, I might even send some pictures of some new tricks I learn. Have a good weekend!
Glad y'all are holding down the crazyfort in New Orleans. I'll post pictures of your pole here if you send me some.