April 05, 2021 3 min read

Build of the Month: We Need Your Help Choosing the Winner

 

Maker Pipe Build of the Month   

Every Monday we feature builds that have been submitted throughout the week via email, social media, and the community page. This week, however, is a special episode. We're going to take a look at builds that have been submitted into our BOTM contest, where community members submit their projects for a chance to win a Maker Pipe prize pack! Once you've seen all 5 of them, head over to the community page and cast your vote. Without further ado, let's get into it! 

 

DIY Dog Fan 

 

DIY Dog Fan

 

The entry starting us off this month is Nancy's homemade dog fan! She needed a new fan to use when training her dogs to keep them cool. She attached a mesh pizza tray to a frame made out of conduit and T Connectors, then attached a small radiator fan to the pizza tray to create a front to the fan, protecting from the blades. A 12 volt battery and a PWM controller were added so she can control the speed. A great use of engineering, and anytime electronics and Maker Pipe come together, we're big fans. Thank you for your entry, Nancy! 

 

DIY Raised RV Bed

 

DIY Raised RV Bed

 

Our next entry comes from Jim and his sweet-looking camper van. He and his wife built a raised cot for their 5-year-old to sleep on while they sleep on the foldable bed underneath. The frame is made out of EMT, T Connectors, and 4 Way Connectors. The cot is supported by springs all around, making it give a little when you lie on it. It's no doubt a cool way to travel. Thanks, Jim! 

 

DIY Kayak Cart Repairs 

 DIY Kayak Cart Repairs

Next up is Craig's entry. He bought two foldable kayak carts from Amazon, but they unfortunately broke after the return period. Not wanting to throw them away, he decided to see what he could do to repair them. For the first cart, which doubles as a chair, he used 4 T Connectors and our shims to reinforce the leg. 

 

DIY Kayak Cart Repairs 2 

For the second cart, he decided to transform it into a cart custom-built to fit his kayak hull. To do this, he cut and reconfigured the cart using T Connectors and shims. We're glad to see that both carts could be saved from being thrown away. Thank you for posting, Craig! 

 

DIY Interior Vehicle Rack

 

DIY Interior Vehicle Rack

 

Our next build is by Chance, who is a first responder. He uses his vehicle on a daily basis, and needed a shelf to better organize his materials and separate the smaller items from the larger items. The shelves already built for his type of vehicle were being sold at $400+, so he decided to make his own. He made frame out of conduit and T Connectors, then zip-tied a wire rack to it. It fits nicely within the inside of the vehicle and provides a less expensive solution to his organization needs. Thank you for posting, Chase! 

 

DIY Wheelchair Baby Carrier

 

DIY Baby Carrier

 

Our fifth and final entry comes with a great story. Matthew, who posted the project to the community page, teaches a high school class in Maryland called Making for Social Good. Two members of their community, the Kings, were expecting a baby, and Mr. King uses a wheelchair and needed a way to push a stroller around. Matthew's students got to work designing and testing ideas and came up with a final design using conduit, T Connectors, and 45 Degree Connectors

 

DIY Baby Carrier 2

 

Baby Felix has since been born, and the project was a success! We've also talked to the students of the Making for Social Good class, and you can check that video out here. Congratulations to the Kings on the birth of their baby boy and to the students for their awesome work. Thanks for sharing! 

 

Conclusion

 

 It's been another great month of builds and we look forward to seeing what the community creates in the coming weeks and months. Be sure to vote for your favorite build, and if you'd like to share your own you can do so through email at [email protected], through social media with #makerpipe, and through the community page. The video version of this blog is listed below. Thank you all, and happy building!