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We are 5 llamas, 4 Angora goats, 6 chickens, 2 dogs, 1 cat and 2 humans. We live in beautiful Sams Valley, Oregon and enjoy gardening, animal concerts and small children.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Fiber Arts Fridays-Drying and Picking Table

I don't know about all of you...but I like to dye and process fibers and yarns all year long, not just when the sun is shining! This little gem has been a lifesaver for me in both Winter and Summer. The idea was given to us by our goat mentors Carol and Jeff from Ronan Country Fibers. It is technically a "sorting table" but I use it to pick fiber, sort and to dry. The best part about it is that it is so portable. I can set it up or take it down in a matter of seconds.

The materials you will need are (8) 3' pieces of 1 1/2" PVC pipe, (4) 2" long pieces of 1 1/2" PVC pipe, (4) 1 1/2" T's, (4) 1 1/2" elbows, a can of PVC glue, a 4x4" section of bird netting or plastic deer fencing, and a bunch of zip ties.

First, glue each of the four small 2" pieces of pipe to each of the four elbows.

Next glue each of the four T's onto the other end of the small pieces, making sure that the Elbow and the T are perpendicular.

Next insert the 3' pieces of pipe in between each of the Elbows and T's, making a square, with all the T openings facing up.

Next, insert the remaining (4) 3' pieces of pipe into each of the T openings and turn the table rightside up.

Last, lay the netting over the table and attach with zip ties, stretching and adjusting as you go.

Note: You can glue all the pieces together except the legs, or just some of the pieces, whichever you prefer. I did it this way, so that I could more easily store it away when not in use.

PS. This table also makes a great doggie spot (see picture #1) and an even greater playhouse for my two grandaughters. Just throw a couple of blankets over it and...Voila! Instant entertainment!
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knittinwolf said...

Great drying table...haven't gotten to that point yet, but it looks like fun!

vintagepix said...

Great idea - I need something like that for drying my painted fabric.

Alpaca Farmgirl said...

I have been needing one just like this! Great idea. The net looks like it works so well...

Thanks for participating in Fiber Arts Friday!