This is a simple lantern holder that I made to take camping. I wanted something portable, that would also not take up a lot of room to store or transport camping.
Tools you will need:
- Drill and drill bits
- Hack saw
- Crescent wrench
- Philips screwdriver
- Tape measure
Materials you will need:
- 1/2" 10ft electric metal conduit
- 1/2" EMT set screw coupling
- 5/16" x 6" cloths line hook
- old disk brake
- 3//8" 12" threaded rod and two 3/8" nuts
Step 1: Cutting the Conduit
You will need to cut two 3 foot long pieces from the conduit. This will be the primary body of the lantern holder. You can use a hacksaw, jig saw, etc to make this cut, as long as the blade is designed to cut metal and will leave a fairly clean cut.
Step 2: Installing the Coupling
Install the EMT screw coupling on one of the pieces of conduit, and tighten it down.
Step 3: Installing the Hook for the Lantern
On the other piece of conduit, you will measure approximately 1-2" from the end of the conduit, and drill a hole with for the cloths line hook. I initially drilled a small pilot hole, then drilled out the hole to the proper size. This is doable with a hand drill and some patience but is a job that is easier with a drill press where you can clamp down your project. You could also use a hammer to slightly flatten the conduit then drill it if you needed to as well. Then install your hook, and tighten down the two bolts to make it nice and snug.
Step 4: Creating the Base for the Lantern Holder
Take the 3/8" rod and place it through one of the bolt holes in the disk brake, bolt it down using the two bolts so it is held tightly in place. I had to make my hole slightly bigger in order to get the rod to fit. Other brakes may not need this done. I also painted my disk brake so it would not rust away on me either. You can use other heavy objects if you don’t happen to have an old disk brake lying around as well.
Step 5: Assembling Your Lantern Holder!
Its now time to assemble your lantern holder. Connect the two pieces of conduit together and slide them onto the disk brake. Then simply hang you lantern on the hook! You should now have a portable lantern holder that you can collapse down to a small size for camping!