a cheap mega tree

lizardking

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hi all i am on the start of my first mega tree with a little bit of thinking outside the box i have found a design that works for me i am using an old 6ft trampoline (you can pick them up cheap if you look around look at garage sales and gumtree look for one with a torn mat ) ok so i stripped the mat off
Keep all the springs and the mat (for now)
keep the net poles to use as your center pole
now cut the steel loops off the mat so you can attach the springs to at the bottom
i am using the pixel node holders from the US
even if you are using wire to attach your nodes to it will work just make a loop in the top and bottom of the wire
i have used and old cheap slat bed L channel the make a cross brace and an old center support table frame
and i have started drilling holes in the base ring 100mm apart to attach the springs to as the original spacing for the spring holders was 130 mm
i will update with more photos as i get it done
as of now i have paid nothing for the mega tree just the pixels and the pixel holders
 

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nzlongfellow

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Good start there Adam. I have the tramp also, just was working out how to stop the outer ring from lifting up as I applied more strands to it. Might have to put some braces down from the ring to the pole base as well as the top ties to create a way of tying it all together.
 

lizardking

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nzlongfellow said:
Good start there Adam. I have the tramp also, just was working out how to stop the outer ring from lifting up as I applied more strands to it. Might have to put some braces down from the ring to the pole base as well as the top ties to create a way of tying it all together.
i am going to tether the outer ring to the ground just to keep it secure if we get strong winds and that will also help with that problem
 

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nice work.
I too used an old trampoline, but it was a square one so I only used the frame and cut bits off as required.
the frame was designed to pull apart so the ends would slip inside the next section which made it ideal to use for the pole and topper as it could all slip together and then pull apart for storage.
 

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lizardking

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scamper said:
nice work.
I too used an old trampoline, but it was a square one so I only used the frame and cut bits off as required.
the frame was designed to pull apart so the ends would slip inside the next section which made it ideal to use for the pole and topper as it could all slip together and then pull apart for storage.
thanks for tip with the tree topper i was going to use a small bicycle rim lol
 

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Are you doing the full circle. What are your plans for the pixels on the opposite side of the tree.. Will you put them in reverse so they can be seen from the front?
 

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Jamie (Christmas On Bisley) said:
Are you doing the full circle. What are your plans for the pixels on the opposite side of the tree.. Will you put them in reverse so they can be seen from the front?
no i am leaving it blank for the moment it will only be about a 200 deg tree
 

Daniel1973

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Looking good, what a cool idea, no expensive and looks easy... And I dare day look great at night... Bring on Christmas
 
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