July 12, 2021 3 min read

Maker Pipe Monday - 55

 

Every week we take a look at builds shared by community members through email, social media, reviews on the website, and the community page. We feature these builds in a series called Maker Pipe Monday. This week we have 5 great builds shared by makers in the community! Let's get into it!
              

DIY Patio Sunshade

 

DIY Patio Sunshade

 

First up we have a sunshade that Rick built for his deck area, as well as a smaller shade for his planters. The large shade is made with bent EMT conduit and T Connectors, and the smaller shade connects to it and is also made with conduit and T Connectors, as well as 45 Degree Connectors. The shade is held to to the frame with tarp clips and bungee cords. There's also a shade that can be rolled up or down depending on the time of day. The deck was unbearable due to the scorching afternoon sun, but with these shades it is now a relaxing getaway. Thanks for posting, Rick! 

 

DIY Portable Table Carrier

 

DIY Portable Table Carrier

 

Stan had a neat field table made with adjustable legs so that it could sit level on any terrain. However, with that versatility came a problem, which is that the legs were quite awkward to carry around. Stan solved  this issue by connecting some conduit with T Connectors, with the bottom piece being longer on both sides, creating a handle. Now, he simply places the handle on the legs and wraps velcro around the two longer sides, allowing the legs to be carried around like a briefcase. This is a very clever solution to the problem and we're glad it's working well. Thanks, Stan! 

 

DIY BBQ Prep Table Canopy

 

DIY BBQ Area Sunshade

 

Summertime is the perfect time to barbecue, but it's not as perfect when the sun is constantly in your face. Frank solved this problem by creating a canopy for his prep table. It looks like a frame was built around the bottom to support the vertical pipes, then the rectangular frame for the canopy was connected with 4 Ways and what looks like 90 Degree Connectors (or possibly T Connectors). 

 

Sunshade cloth clips

 

Frank also shared these nifty greenhouse clips, which he used to add the canopy cloth to the frame. He also added lights for nighttime prepping. It's simple but looks great and does the job. Thanks for sharing, Frank! 

 

 

DIY Balloon Frame 

 

DIY Balloon Frame

 

Next up we have a balloon photo frame by Joe. He built the frame with 1/2" EMT, 4 T Connectors, and made his own adapters for the connectors out of 1/2" Pex tubing. He attached the frame to two homemade bases made from concrete. We've seen posts asking how to go about building balloon stands like this before, so this is a good source of inspiration. It looks great! Thanks for posting, Joe! 

 

Maker Pipe Mini Hack

 

Maker Pipe Mini Hack

 

Last but not least we have a hack, but not a conduit hack! This is actually a Maker Pipe Mini hack posted by Aksel, and it's quite possibly the first of its kind. For builds incorporating bends in the conduit, it was difficult to plan it out using Minis. However, after a few attempts (which may or may not have involved a heat gun!), Aksel came up with a great solution to this, which is to use small bendable wire inside the coffee stir. This opens up a lot of opportunity for modeling builds with bent conduit. 

Aksel has an awesome YouTube channel with a lot of his projects and builds, and it's definitely worth checking out. Thanks for the hack, Aksel! 

 

 Conclusion

 

There's never a week that we're not amazed with what community members come up with and create. Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects! If you have a build you'd like to share, you can do so through email at [email protected], social media with #makerpipe, and of course by posting to the community page. The video version of this blog can be found here. Have a great week and happy building!