May 31, 2021 4 min read

Maximum Security Strawberry Prison?!

 

Maker Pipe Monday 049 

Every Monday we look at builds that have been shared with us via email, social media, the Maker Pipe community page, and reviews on the website. We feature these in a YouTube series called Maker Pipe Monday. This week we have 6 creative builds made by makers in the community. Let's get into it! 

 

DIY Art Show Stand  

 

DIY Art Show Stand

 

 Our first post this week is by Joey Loman, a good friend over at the Synergy Mill Makerspace in Greenville, SC. In a behind the scenes picture, he showed TV stands that he made out of conduit and T-Connectors for their "Teleidoscope" interactive showcase at the annual Artisphere festival. The stands are cleverly built with TV mounts added onto them just for this purpose. The folks at Synergy Mill are doing inspiring things like this for the community all the time around Greenville, so be sure to check them out. Thanks, Joey! 

 

DIY Strawberry Enclosure 

 

DIY Strawberry Enclosure

 

Gary's wife's gardens always gets ravaged by all kinds of critters, so he built this sweet "maximum security strawberry prison" to keep them out. He used 1/2" EMT, cut it with a chop saw, and connected it with T Connectors and shims. He also used T Connectors connected to vertical stakes in the ground to create a hinge door. The frame is covered in hardware wire. While the strawberries are doing their time, only humans have access to their enclosure, putting the hungry critters in quite a jam. Perhaps the berries are in for...stroberry? Thanks for the humorous imagery, Gary, and thanks for posting!

 

 DIY Boat Rail System

 

DIY Boat Rail System

 

The railing system for this beautiful boat was built by Tom, who posted it to the community page. Bimini connectors are holding the vertical EMT pipes, and on top of those are T Connectors. The T Connectors are holding the horizontal railing, and fishing rod holders are clamped onto that. It looks great and it's cleverly built, too. Thanks, Tom!

 

DIY Garden Enclosure

 

DIY Garden Enclosure

 

With the arrival of spring and summer, we've seen a lot of great garden enclosures, and this is no exception. This enclosure was built by Nick. The frame was made out of conduit that was wrapped or painted black, 90 Degree Connectors, and T Connectors, then was mounted onto the wooden raised bed. Hardware cloth was added to the frame to complete the enclosure and keep the critters out. 

 

DIY Garden Enclosure

 

It also features a door made with a part that a few community members have recently alerted us to. It's a hinge made for PVC, but works just fine on conduit if you bolt it on. It's a good option for gates and doors. Thanks for posting, Nick!

 

DIY Rooftop Canopy

 

DIY Rooftop Canopy

 

This next build was made by Ryder, who we also interviewedabout the build. He's an engineer, and it's clear that he put a lot of thought into this canopy. The frame is made out of conduit that was shrink wrapped to add some color, and is held together with 90 Degree Connectors, 180 Degree Connectors, and T Connectors. It has a retractable sunshade that can be pulled back and secured when not in use.

 

A couple of other important things here are the extra top layer of pipe to provide more security and the use of continuous pipes instead of breaking them up and using different connectors. There are places where a 4 Way Connector could have been used, but the structure would've lost a bit of rigidity. A lot of thought and care was put into this build and it shows. Thanks, Ryder! 

 

Automatic Shop Vac System

 

Automatic Shop Vac System

 

Our last post is a YouTube video uploaded by MKE Gadgets. They have a wealth of knowledge in the shop, so their channel is definitely worth checking out. In this video, they give their old shop vac an upgrade using Maker Pipe. It includes many neat tricks and tips and is worth the watch. Thank you so much for the video and support! 

 

Comments of the Week

 

This week's comments of the week were made on Jake's "8 Ways To Make A Hinge With EMT Conduit!" video, where he shares creative hinge designs created by community members. We got quite a few comments on that video, telling which designs they wanted to see more in depth. Thanks for commenting, folks! We always love to see your comments, so keep them coming! 

 

Conclusion

 

Seeing all of the great builds that have been shared with us is the highlight of our week, and we look forward to what the community will do in the future. If you'd like to share your own project you can do so via email at [email protected], social media with #makerpipe, and you can of course post it to the Maker Pipe Connect community page. The video version of this blog is listed below. Thanks and happy building!