A pod is the plastic tube paintball players use to carry extra paint onto the field. Pods range in size from being able to hold 50 to 150 paintballs. When you have 20 players each carrying 6 pods of paint on the field you need a way to keep them loaded up with paint and on the field.
Requirements for the station would have to be: stable base for loading paint, light as possible for travel and convenient for loading paint. Since this was the first attempt at the stand and it's made of 3/4 inch plywood it isn't as light we would have hoped but it's possible with some cut outs in the panels we could lighten this up without losing the structural integrity.
The stand works with an AJP Paintball Pod Loader. This custom stand was designed by my team mate Chris "Tea Pot" Shanks and was built by one of the contractors he works with. I just reverse engineered it so we could post it up here.
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Step 1: Materials List
There are (3) side panels and a top piece.
(4) pod loader clamps 6 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 1
(4) slide bolt latches
(8) 3 inch hinges
(1) door handle
Step 2: Sides
The dimensions for each side panel: the top is 15 inches, the two sides are 37 3/4 and the base is 34 1/2.
The side cuts are on a 45 degree angle.
Step 3: The Top
The dimensions are:
The front is 11 1/4
The sides are 15 inches
The back is 13 1/4.
There are (4) holders for the base of the pod loader
6 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1
You can see from the pictures that in the front of the top we routed a U shaped channel to fit the pod loader.
Step 4: Hardware
We have (3) of the three inch hinges on the inside right.
The top piece that holds the pod loader is attached to the left inside by (2) three inch hinges.
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Step 5: Table Adapter
Basically it's just a piece of 3/4 inch pine board. It started out at a piece 12 inches x 9 inches and I rounded off the corners and cut a rough rounded V shape into it for the lip on the Pod Loader. If I remember correctly I took a piece of paper and traced the edge of the Pod loader. Then I cut out the shape and traced it onto the wood and cut it with a Sawz All. I think I went a little fast with the cut which is why it doesn't exactly fit perfectly.
I have 5 pieces of metal holding the pod loader to the base. These were different things I had laying around the shop, but you can get them at the hardware store like a home depot. The thick ones are 3/4 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches long. I just attached them and bent them where I thought they would hold best. The two skinny ones are only 1/2 inch wide by 1 1/2 inches long.
What this base will do is give you a wider and deeper base to hold the weight of the pod loader when it has a case of paint in it. Nothing worse than seeing a full one on a cheap plastic table fall over and spill the paint. The other thing it does is since the wood is only 3/4 inch and not the 1 inch that the base of the pod loader is, you now can use the smaller clamps to hold a thicker table.