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Old February 4, 2016   #1
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Default E-Z Bean Tepee on the cheap.

I said I was going to drill hols in a block of wood and do this but by putting it off I had a better idea.
The idea struck me about 30 minutes ago and I had to do it.
Just so happens I had some scraps left over from an other project.
Here is what I did.
I cut a 2x4 3 1/2 inches long because this is how wide they are.
I then rolled my saw blade over to 30 degrees and cut that angle on all 4 sides.
I did this in the gap between the fence and the blade, but I set my saw up so I didn't cut right up to the top edge.
What you will need is 4 of those 1x1 or what ever they are sticks of lumber you get at home depot or Lowes and a 2X4.
8 screws long enough to go through the legs and into the 2X4. 2 for each leg.
1-1/2 inches will work fine.
The top screw is put in first in the middle and then the bottom screw is put in at a 30 degree angle so it wont go through the bottom of the 2X4.
You need to pre-drill your hole so you dont split out the wood.
It is a littl clumsy to put together by yourself but it can be done as I did it.
This thing is so light weight anyone can pick it up and move it.
If you dont have a table saw or know someone that does you can go to a cabinet shop and they will cut out a slew of them for you at not much cost.
I will post a pictuer with my phone as soon as I post this thread.
This is so cheap and so easy I cant believe it.
What you will have when you are done is a Tepee that is about 6 feet wide all around the bottom and about 7 feet tall.

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Here are the pictures.
Now all you have to do is get some stakes to secure it to the ground and some string or what ever for netting and the beans to climb on.

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Nice, I'd leave one side open so you could just walk in and pick all your beans in the shade.
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Nice, I'd leave one side open so you could just walk in and pick all your beans in the shade.
I was going to leave an opening of sorts and place each side to the points of the compass.
This way the opening would be on the north side.

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My next one will be made with a 2X6 or 8 and I will make a cucumber octagon/octopus with 8 legs.

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Worth, I LOVE THIS! My husband is now officially mad at you "Oh honey-I have just found your next project." Muahahaha.

OK he now wants to know, How do you store these if you make 20?
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So now we need a collapsible design. OK, thinking caps on.
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So now we need a collapsible design. OK, thinking caps on.
Already done and was waiting to see if there was any interest.
What they have at the store are wood studs that have wood threads on one end and machine threads on the other.
They come in all sizes.
Screw these studs into the wood blocks and fasten the legs with wing nuts and washers.
You will simply have to drill your pilot holes all the way through the leg and the block at the same time this way everything will line up.
This way you can take it down and put it away at the end of the season.
If you are doing this by hand it will do you well to number and letter the legs and wood block so they go back to the same spot every year.
Lets say Tepee a leg one.
The block would have a big A on it and 1234 on each side.
The leg would have A 1 though 4 on each leg.
Now both of the studs will have to be parallel as close as you can get so they will slide on and off.
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They also have threaded wood inserts and you could use small bolts.
I could set up jigs and make this stuff all day long and sell them.
I could get fancy and cut a dado out for each leg to fit in.

You can also just take the screws out but I like the stud or insert idea better.

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Wingnuts are a option for easy storage and reassembly.
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Or hinges..
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Or hinges..
Hinges are another idea but I was fresh out.
That is how I did my A Frame for running terraces.
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A small Tee hinge would work fantastic.

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This is a good project, Worth!
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