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thor
thor

Flaming Lesbian
Location: Portland, Oregon
Member Since: 19th Feb 2004
Total posts: 181
Posted:since i can't afford decent wood for my stilts, and i'm a 260lb `fatbloke`, i started wondering if i could use aluminum tube/bar for stilts?

my local hardware store sells 1/16" wall aluminum square and round tube in several sizes. i've been using it for staves and juggling pins, but do you guys think it could hold up to 260lbs of pure thor?

i was thinking about doing a box design [X], and i'm sure that would hold me, but i wanted small feet, and don't quite care for all the weight (even if it is aluminum)

btw, before anyone tells me, i know aluminum is difficult to weld, but i have a shop in town that can do it for me


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Glåss
Glåss

The Ministry of Manipulation
Location: Bristol
Member Since: 8th Nov 2001
Total posts: 2523
Posted:yes it can,

The calcs strength is for buckling and localisd stress

So, How long do you want them?



Plus I would go for a better grade of aluminium than you usually get at your local hardware store

For pegs: You'll need round section 1 & 3/4" or larger

and probably a thicker wall section

(note thats not calculated, its just my quick estimate of the size of ali stilts I've seen in the past)

It will be cheaper and simpler to make them from wood, especailly if you can get hardwood as scrap

I don't understand what you mean by box design



good luck


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thor
thor

Flaming Lesbian
Location: Portland, Oregon
Member Since: 19th Feb 2004
Total posts: 181
Posted:well, instead of expensive, strong 2x2s, i went with cheap wood 4x4s. they're pretty straight, knotty, and heavy, but they were cheap.

and they were much less effort than the aluminum were going to be

got my new stilts standing in my garage right now, just waiting for strapping =]


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pineapple pete
pineapple pete

water based
Location: melbourne
Member Since: 20th Sep 2004
Total posts: 5125
Posted:i have a new idea.
its basically the idea discussed on the other stilts page, but instead of wood for the 'leg' thats taking all the weight, im going to use 1/8 inch (in the old terms) aluminium bar (the square one).
im currently having the metal tracked down for me, then bolting the whole thing together.
will post pictures.
could be a while
cheers, pete biggrin


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i8beefy2
i8beefy2

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Location: Ohio, USA
Member Since: 24th Mar 2003
Total posts: 674
Posted:Box design... as in an aluminum box with an x running in between the corners for stability? Huh...

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pineapple pete
pineapple pete

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Location: melbourne
Member Since: 20th Sep 2004
Total posts: 5125
Posted:na, just a box, with thicker than usual walls, 3.5mm (1/8inch) i think. will keep all posted.

cheers, pete biggrin


"you know there are no trophys for doing silly things in real life yeah pete?" said ant "you wont get a 'listened to ride of the valkyries all the way to vietnam' trophy"

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lampwortroy
newbie
Location: Durham City, England, UK
Member Since: 5th Dec 2007
Total posts: 32
Posted:I use 40mm dia round tube with 3mm thickness of aluminium. These are ideal and they support my 250 pound weight without any problem. I have had my 20inch and 36 inch aluminium pegs for over a year now and have had no problem with them

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FireTom
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Member Since: 20th Sep 2003
Total posts: 6650
Posted:rolleyes inches, pounds, floz, farenheit... when will they ever learn? *digs for that conversion table*

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marco
enthusiast
Location: uk
Member Since: 27th May 2004
Total posts: 328
Posted:I use Douglas fir for stilt builds over four foot, 2x2", I also use this for the stilt construction workshops that we deliver.

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lampwortroy
newbie
Location: Durham City, England, UK
Member Since: 5th Dec 2007
Total posts: 32
Posted:Sorry, the UK went metric 30 years ago. I thought everbody was now metric. I did not realise that this was one area where the US has been left behind! I always considered the US to be a world leader. How wrong could I be.
My aluminium peg stilts have circular poles about 2 inches diameter. The aluminium is about 3/16 in thick. that has never so much as dented and carries my 18stones without any problem.


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