I've attempted to make my own weave poles on the cheap. Here is the solution I ended up with after a little bit of experimentation – so far I'm happy with it, even though I spent a little more than I originally hoped – a set of 5x2 weavers is around A$200.
Some of the stuff you need to DIY weave poles.
Aluminium, flat bars 50mm x 3mm
I wanted to come up with a solution that is easy to build, with (more or less) simple tools (i.e., no welding). My weavers are basically 25mm PVC pressure pipes on an aluminium base.
The tools I had to use were:
- Jigsaw with a metal blade (a hacksaw and a little patience may also do)
- Drill with a 4mm drill bit (for metal)
- Sander (or sanding block), medium grit sanding paper
- Rivet gun, rivets (size 5.3)
25mm screw tab caps from klevercages.com.au
Flat brackets 20mm x 200mm x 2mm
Jump caps aren't needed for weavers but can be used to convert them into jumps.
The material for 5 sets of 2 weavers, with the required quantity:
- 1x: 50mm x 3mm, 3m long Aluminium flat bar ($37.-)
- 3x: 50mm x 3mm 1m Aluminium Flat Bar ($14.- each) alternatively a second 3m bar
- 10x: 25mm x 1m, Pressure (plumbing) PVC Pipe ($3.- each)
- 10x: 20mm x 200mm x 2mm flat bracket [e.g., carinya] ($2.- each)
- 10x: pvc end cap 25mm [optional] ($1.70 each)
- 10x: pvc screw tab caps ($5,- each)
Most of this stuff that you can get at bunnings; only the screw tab caps to attach the pipes to the aluminium are from klevercages.com.au. They also sell PCV jump cups that can be used to build jumps. You can use them to convert your weave poles to jumps by just clicking them on, and cut a piece of PVC pipe to the right length to put on top. klevercages also sell "furniture grade" PVC pipes (i.e., complete white with no print), but I didn't end up buying them to avoid the shipping costs. The ones from bunnings do just fine.
Aluminium bars and PVC pressure pipes for 2 weave pole set.
The idea is to assemble an "S"-shaped (or mirrored Z-shaped) base, with the screw tab caps that will hold the pipes at each end.
The recommended distance between the weave poles is 55-60cm, so to make the best use of the 3m aluminium bar, I cut it into 5 60cm pieces. The 1m aluminium bars were cut into 25cm long pieces; two 25cm pieces are needed for each weave pole pair.
I have sanded the cuts to get rid of the sharp edges.
The pictures below should hopefully show how all parts have to be assembled: at first, attach the screw tab cabs with 2 blind rivets to the 60cm piece, one at each end.
Attach screw tab caps to 60cm aluminium bar at each end.
Drill 2 holes to attach brackets on each end of the bar.
Attach the bracket from below, one at each end.
Attach 25cm aluminium bars to the brackets at each end.
Drill a hole, and attach the screw tab caps to the 25cm aluminium bars.
Push the PVC pipes into the screw tab caps, put the end caps on top, done.