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When I pick up twigs and sticks, I stack them over by the fence, but by the time I am ready to tie them in a bundle, the bottom ones are weaker or wet and too messy to put a piece of twine under and tie a knot.

So i put together some PVC pipe as a twig holder.
 
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Step 1: Get the pieces

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Parts List:
1" Schedule-40 PVC pipe
2 x 12" = vertical
2 Tees
2 x 2" = horizontal
2 45 degree Elbows
2 x 18" = ForeArms

2 pipe clamps
2 2x5 mending plates

1 piece of 1x4 x 30" pine scrap
Total is less than 10 bucks at Home Depot

Step 2: Test the position on the fence

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Try fitting on the fence somewhere and putting putting some branches in it.

Notice how you can get the twine underneath and behind it to tie it into a snug bundle.

After you are satisfied with the dimensions, glue the pipe fittings together and stack and tie twigs.

I hope it works for you. It works for me. I'm glad that I finally got around to it.
Scammah6 years ago
I have a ton of trees around my house a ton of trees I tell you. And I get a lot of twigs in my yard. What are the benefits of collecting these twigs what can you use them for? I have been told that once they are dry you can use them for kindling any other ideas.
You can use the twigs to cook in a hobo stove made from a coffee can. Why, just this weekend I tried to make a hand warmer from chalk, by heating ground up chalk in a hobo stove. Though it did not work it was still fun.
LowEnergy6 years ago
Thanks for showing us this simple solution. If the problem is an excess of sticks, can you make something like this out of the some of the bigger sticks instead of buying pvc?
rcg40 (author)  LowEnergy6 years ago
I appreciate your desire to avoid too much high-tech chemical products. My original idea was to use old mop handles. Attach two pairs to the fence and "hinge" a third one between each pair. The "hinge" can be a long nail in a drilled hole. By planning the drill holes, the fence could hold the hinged stick at 45 degrees and string could hold it in a vertical position when it is not at work holding twigs. Sadly, I did not have enough mop handles and the branches were not uniform enough. I chose PVC because it was cheap and available and I wanted to deal with the twigs which interfere with my push reel lawn mower.
Global Teef6 years ago
Tie twigs and sticks into bundles with straw, grass or raffia and use them as logs for the fire. These are known here in the UK as faggots. (Yeah, yeah, settle down.) A tradition started I believe in the Middle-Ages when land owners wouldn't let peasants chop trees from the forest but allowed them to collect dead and rotten wood that fell. We also call a ball of compressed meat mince and scrapings a faggot. Again from hard times when the serfs ate left-overs. I suppose you could call a 'burger a flat faggot. Where the American meaning of the word came from, I have no idea.
This is a perfect! I bought a house from a avid gardener, and I've been having such a hard time keeping up with all these bushes and trees. This is a great way to split up some of the work. If I just took 5 minutes to bundle one load of stick every night, I'd have all those dead tree branches and clippings done in no time!
Pretty cool, I think my dad might like this. +5/5 stars.
theRIAA6 years ago
what's wrong with a plastic bin??
fkuk6 years ago
what is the point collecting twigs
rcg40 (author)  fkuk6 years ago
To tie them in a bundle when I get around to it. Also helps me avoid bending over too many times.
fkuk rcg406 years ago
so basicly to keep your garden clean?
very nice, simple solution. in the materials list it says: !" Schedule-40 PVC pipe i'm guessing you mean 1" but you might want to change it. also, in the last picture of step 2 it looks like rain could build up inside the pipes, have you tried taping or plugging the ends with anything?
rcg40 (author)  drummonkey926 years ago
Rather than use a 90 degree elbow at the bottom, I used a Tee because it would drain easier.
Grey_Wolfe6 years ago
PVC is very sunlight sensitive becoming brittle quickly in direct sunlight. Spraypaint is an excellent solution to this (we actually do this in pool plumbing for any piping that is not buried), and as Darkmuskrat says, it'll make it look nicer. Excellent idea, btw. A great wat to keep thing tidy.
darkmuskrat6 years ago
Umm, I could see this working in some area's but this just looks ugly to me :P paint would make it look great though :D
Rishnai6 years ago
This is a great idea! Right now my twigs and sticks live under my back patio roof so they're always dry, but they get in the way on the floor. I might have to build one of these and hang 'em on the wall!
Mr. Rig It6 years ago
Simple and very effective. It is ideas like this that can literally change the world. Just plain cool!