Every week we take a look at builds that have been submitted by community members through email, social media, reviews on the website, and the Maker Pipe Connect community page. We feature these builds in a series called Maker Pipe Monday. This week is all about canopies! Without further ado, let's get started.
Julia built this awesome canopy for the apartment she's renting. She wanted something that would be easy to take off in the winter, so she made a frame using conduit and T Connectors that's mounted to the deck in two places using two-hole straps. She attached an IKEA Dyning canopy to the frame with ball bungees. The deck and the canopy look beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Julia!
Barbecuing is always a great summertime activity, but when you're standing outside and getting hit with heat from the barbecue and heat from the sun, it can get uncomfortable very quickly. To help solve that problem, Frank made this sunshade for his barbecue prep table. He made a simple rectangular frame using EMT, T Connectors, and 4 Way Connectors. He added shade cloth and attached it to the frame using greenhouse clamps. The frame has lights for nighttime barbecuing, too! Thanks for posting, Frank!
Randy made this canopy that is both removable and adjustable for his beautiful home in the pacific northwest. He built a frame from EMT and T Connectors, and connected it to his house with removable hardware (he posted an update regarding these, so be sure to check it out). He attached it to the deck with conduit and our connectors as well. He's since added things like lights and speakers to the setup, making it a wonderful space for entertaining guests. Thanks for posting, Randy! It's always good to see your builds.
The canopy for this wonderful rooftop sanctuary was built by Ryder. Made up of conduit, T Connectors, 90 Degree Connectors, and 180 Degree Connectors, the frame was covered in colorful shrink wrap to add even more life to to the already vivid rooftop. Ryder added sunshades with carabiners to make them retractable. There are two layers at the top to make it extra sturdy. This is a wonderful and useful addition to a beautiful area. Thanks, Ryder!
Rick made this retractable canopy system for his backyard sitting area. The first smaller canopy is attached to the fence, bent over, and supported by 180 Degree Connectors. The larger canopy is attached to the house, bent, and uses the smaller canopy for support with T Connectors. Rick also created a rolling sunshade to use in the afternoon. He used tarp clips, which are able to mount to the conduit and clip onto the shade. These can be found at most big box stores and are useful for holding cloth that doesn't have holes or a place to attach it to the conduit. One no longer has to be blinded by the sun to enjoy a nice afternoon on the deck. Thanks for posting, Rick!
Inspired by other community members' canopies, Robb used a similar idea and created an adjustable canopy that can be moved down to allow snow and the like to slide off. The upper end of the frame, which is made with conduit and T Connectors, is attached right to the house with two-hole straps. The lower end of the frame has another frame attached to it, which allows him to adjust the canopy. He included a video of how it works in his post, so be sure to check it out. The red sail cloth was attached to the frame by running rope through the grommets in the cloth and around the conduit. The red compliments the color of the blue house well. Thanks, Robb!
Danny created this canopy not for a deck, but for his wife's beautiful rose garden. It's a fairly simple setup, with a 90 Degree Connector on each corner of the conduit frame, 45 Degree Connectors for the support, and T Connectors for the brace in the middle. The shade cloth is held to the frame by ball bungees, which makes it easy to remove. It looks great and hopefully does its job well. Thanks Danny!
Steve transformed his above-ground pool into a deck area with a raised garden, but ran into problems with the scorching sun and pesky deer that were both giving his plants quite the hard time. To solve this, he created a canopy and fence area. The frame is of course made out of conduit, and is connected with 180 Degree Connectors, 90 Degree Connectors, and T Connectors. Netting was added around the frame in addition to the shade cloth above. Hopefully now, neither the deer or sun stand a chance!
Barry made this neat canopy for his deck. He made a frame and reinforced it with a pole in the middle using a 5 Way Connector because of its length. He also added support with 45 Degree Connectors to make it more rigid. The front of the frame is attached to the fence via two-hole straps, which is often a good way to mount canopies. The canopy looks even better at night with its dangling lights. A great place to relax, no doubt! Thanks for posting, Barry!
Take a look at this backyard paradise! Kenji created two Maker Pipe canopies and mounted them to the pergolas he already had. The structures are built in a way that elevates the cloth above and over the pergolas, creating a nice airy look. He attached the support rods to the pergolas with fishing rod holders, then used T Connectors to attach the frame to the rods. The shade cloth was attached with ball bungees. The whole deck looks beautiful, especially with the hanging lights. Thanks for posting, Kenji!
Seeing all of these wonderful builds is always a highlight of the week, and we look forward to seeing what the community continues to create. If you have a build you'd like to submit or a question you'd like to ask, you can so through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, social media with #makerpipe, and of course through the community page. The video version of this blog will be listed down below. Thanks and happy building!