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chuck myers

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I m planning on making a North Pole out of plywood for next season. I have planned on using a gazing ball on the top. Would anyone out there have a pic of one they made or seen?, just for some different ideas. Thanx!:happytree:

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Here's one we made out of 110mm PVC pipe with an inflatable ball stuck on the top.

To get the stripe even we used a 100mm roll of paper and wound it on tightly before spraypainting the red. We use a star-picket to hold it upright and bolted threw at ground level. We have 2 on the entry to the cul-de-sac and one on each of the corners leading into our street from the main road.

We have had vandals try to knock 2 of them over (on the way in) - but they only got to about 45degree angle and gave up, we've since straightened them up and they haven't been touched since.

Cheers

Dave

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Guest Scot Meyers

Kevin Pickett In Colorado SPrings made a bunch that are lighted. his are made of PVC pipe and have real glass globes on the top they are REALLY COOL!! you should ask Kevin Pickett about them. I'm sure he would be willing to share how he built them

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It would be kind of cool to have a little sign on there pointing in the direction of the north pole and then saying how many miles it is tothere. You could google it and find out how many miles it is from your house to the north pole.

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Oh no - my first post!

Here is a photo of a North Pole sign I made for this year. It is double sided coro board with 140 something leds in both sides, with another peice of coro to keep the electrons from getting mixed up . . . The 3 peices of coro are then held in a wooden frame, which is suspended on an extended "pot plant bracket", painted gold. The paint work has glitter in it and 6 coats of poly of top of it. To add next year - some 10mm 110,000 mcd LEDs as little spotlights round the bottom . . . I import leds and sell them here in NZ on NZ's version of Ebay called Trade Me

More can be seen at http://kamahilights.atspace.com/2005/index.html- my favourite, and still amazesME is http://kamahilights.atspace.com/2005/p06.html

Wow - that wasnt so bad . . .

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