A Carrier for Pavillion Poles


One of the annoyances of owning a full-size pavillion is carrying and storing the poles. As we live in a townhouse where storage space is limited, and I usually load the truck myself, I wanted some way to store and move the poles as a single unit. This result was this...

It's actually very simple to make. You'll need at least two boards at least four inches wide and 5/4-inches thick. You'll also need 6 or 8 1/4-inch hex bolts with wing nuts and lock washers.

Bore holes through the narrow dimension that are slightly smaller than the diameter of the poles you will be carrying (too big and they won't stay put). Drill 1//4-inch holes across the width for the bolts that will hold things together. Then rip down the length of the board to create two halfs (an upper and a lower).

I find that the racks hold better with small pieces of carpet are glued to the inside of each hole, especially if your poles are of unequal diameter. With the poles loaded, it looks like this...

When loaded on the truck, they still provide a flat surface I can use to carry other things, like our bed frame...

The racks can be stored on end to save space, and if you've got sturdy rafters you could even hang the whole thing from your basement/garage ceiling.


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