This is my tree for 2011

Scoobrs

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Some of the guys that were on the chat have seen this, but thought I would post it up for all to see.

I have made a small tree from some pvc pipe and some old heating element from my work, yes you read right heating element! I make heating elements at my work so grabbed some dud ones annealed them, formed them on an 800mm form and soldered it round, then soldered 2 cross pieces for bracing in and gave it a nice sandblast ready for painting.

Then I cross drilled and slotted my 40mm pvc pipe to accept the cross bracing of the elements. I needed a bung to go into the centre of the pipe so I could put a hose clamp on it to lock the elements into position, so I got an old garden hose tap fitting cut the nipple end off and pushed it into the pipe nicely to lock it on with the hose clamp.

I then used some speaker wire to emulate a couple of strings for height test/looks.

tree.jpg



Looked pretty good and here is the base a bit closer up.

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I was happy with the height/diameter so I drilled 8 holes into the top of the pipe for the strings to attach to, I then decided to also use the screws to attach plastic coated metal wire for the stabilisation. Originally I had planned to cut 2 slots at the top and run the wire from side to side through the slots, but this seemed to work out alot better!

topper.jpg


As seen in the above pic I have a string attached and have just taped it on to test fit.

Here is the string powered up

bluestring.jpg


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Tomorrow I will get some paint and paint it all black, then re-attach a few strings with cable ties and power it up and see how it looks. Will post pics once I do that!


Cheers,
Eric.
 

Scoobrs

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Thanks Mike!

Need opinions on whether people think I should just go from the top to bottom, or go into the centre pole like I have done in the above pic, Not quite sure whats gonna look better. The base will be flat on the ground.
 

AAH

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I kinda like the look of trees that have the leds extending into the middle. Maybe fix the centre end of the leds a few inches up the pole to get the leds outta the grass.
 

fasteddy

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It will look very nice, I personally reakon it will look better just going down to the bottom only, but the best way is to just try the 2 different ways and then decide which one you like most
 

Scoobrs

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I ended up doing a full wedge and going up the pole as well.

I have finished it! Here are some pics and a video.


Strings done

stringsdone.jpg




Red Strings

redstrings.jpg



Blue Strings

bluestrings.jpg






Both on together!

redbluestrings.jpg






And a video (excuse my lack of sequencing skill :D )


testingtree.mov
 
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