Recliner Straw

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Intro: Recliner Straw

What's the point of relaxing with a drink when you have to constantly sit up straight to enjoy it? Enter the recliner straw! With a few dollars and a couple of hand tools, you can stay reclined while you sip your tasty beverage.

This instructable includes a 3' long flexible straw and a spill-proofing block to keep your bottle from tipping over while you're drinking.

Step 1: Parts & Tools

PARTS

1. 2X6 lumber (at least 5 1/2" long)

2. 1/2" OD flexible plastic tubing

TOOLS

1. Hand drill with hole saw

2. Tape measure, pencil, ruler

3. Sand paper

4. Scissors

Step 2: Spill Proofer

First cut your block into a square. A 2X6 is 5 1/2" wide (why isn't it 6" wide? it's a long story...), so mark out 5 1/2" on the length of the board and cut it square.

Next, draw an X on the square block from corner to corner. This is a quick way to find the center point.

The bottle is about 2 3/8" in diameter at the base, so use a 2 1/2" hole saw to give it a little wiggle room. Clamp up your wood and hole-saw through the center of your X.

When you've cut through the wood, use a sanding block or a palm sander (I used 80 grit) to smooth out the splintery edges of the block.

Step 3: Cut the Straw and Relax

Suction means pressure, and the longer the tube, the more pressure is needed to suck the liquid through. You don't want to have sore cheeks at the end of your day off, so test out whatever length is comfortable while still being useful for drinking while reclining.

I started with a 5' length of tubing- it's better to start long since you can't add if you cut it too short! The comfortable length I came up with was 3'.

Relax and enjoy!

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    mrandle

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I saw this at an antique store the other day. It's for Vodka but i'm sure anything would work. This might fix that suction problem you are having. A Drug store might have the I.V tubing. This picture is missing the drip but that might work better.

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    JON-A-TRONmrandle

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I was thinking maybe something along the lines of a hamster feeder, but this is much better. It's M*A*S*H merch too! Probably worth more than you paid for it.

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    mrandleJON-A-TRON

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I didn't buy it but I should have. You could put a camel bak mouthpiece on the end so that you can just bite down when you want a drink. The hampster feeder might taste metallic but it would be interesting to see.

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    JON-A-TRON

    4 years ago

    Thanks for the tip guys. As you may have guessed, it's not so relaxing when you have to maintain pressure on the tube

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    diydonut

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Yep a simple CVU directional check valve would mean you would have to strain a lot less. Just make sure you find something desposable and cheap.

    The regulator used in IntraVenous fluid system can be used to help suction in long tubes. Once suction is completed same regulator can be 'closed' to prevent backflow.