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Faux Ocotillio Tree
« on: December 12, 2010, 02:55:58 PM »
I have to thank my wife for these,  she saw a picture of another decorators  project  and noted they appeared to look like a native tree here in Arizona, the Ocotillio.





I was quite interested in these too but it was where to place them, The only logical location in my yard was a strip of concrete. Now it was time to get creative.

First thing was to create the mounts for the concrete. I used my EMT bender, which works great for rebar also, to create circles about 1 ft round for the base from 3/8" rebar.





 I welded the ends closed and added a center rod for the placement a center stem.





I  welded 3/8" x 2' rebar for the pvc to slide over. I will use the tubing bender later to tweek these a bit to add shape to the trees once i get lights on them. I welded heavy duty washers to the base to bolt them down, but my neighbor came by and handed me some 1" bar stock so I can make a base to use 4 fastening points to make sure I dont have any usses with wind. I will add them tommorrow and post pictures. The rebar stems are just tacked in this photo.



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Re: Faux Ocotillio Tree
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2010, 02:35:59 AM »
I added better mount plates  They are 1 1/4" x 1/16" bar stock cut at 12". To make sure all the holes are in the same locations, I drilled tham all at one time on my drill press by clamping all 8 together and marking the holes 1" from the ends. I made a quick jig by screwing the bars down to a scrap piece of wood, measuring 8 1/4" apart. These should line up at any of the 4 placements on the concrete slabs.




I  marked them by "writing" numbers on each one with my welder.  This way  the frame matches the location each year.
After wire brusing the Rebar off, I sprayed a coat of Rustnoleum primer. Then a coat of Green came later.


 The EPVC rods start at 10' and each one 6" shorter so they are all different sizes..



My neighbor has a Hilti hammer drill and we drilled into the concrete and drove anchors in the concrete to hold these down. I used some paint to mark the locations to drill.












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Re: Faux Ocotillio Tree
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2010, 02:50:46 AM »
Here is one of the Frames with only 4 stems finished so far...




and now all 8

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Re: Faux Ocotillio Tree
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2010, 02:52:11 AM »
here is the first inital test of 1 ocotillio where it will be placed during the season.


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Re: Faux Ocotillio Tree
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2010, 03:05:01 AM »
setup time finally!

Here are the poles laying on the ground.  not really too much room needed to store them. I am actually able to bundle them in sets and store them in my attic with a little help from my wife.



This is how easy they are to setup. Since the achors stay in the concrete year round, All I do now is remove the lag bolts ( which I put a small ammount of grease on when I remove the frames), set the frames in place, and then use my drill to lag them down.  After that is is just slide the poles over the frames and wire them up which I have a harness for. All 4 trees are done in about an hour.






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Re: Faux Ocotillio Tree
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2010, 03:08:35 AM »
at night...









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Re: Faux Ocotillio Tree
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2010, 03:19:53 AM »
How durable are these??

 Here in Phoenix we  had a freak Monsoon blow through last year while the display was up...Monsoons here are known for 60MPH+ microbursts. They can and will easily remove roof tiles like a fan in front of a stack of paper !!!!!

I was noticing the winds pick up and watched my wireframe bells and hippo on my roof start to shutter, Needless to say I was up on the roof in 35/40MPH winds and had them down in  minutes.

About 1 hour later the winds picked up even more. I had to actually do some quick emergency guys on my megatree as the wind was attempting to remove 32 tent stakes out of the rain softened ground. AS time went the winds picked up even more. The Octillios were swaying like mad. They were bending over almost at right angle!!! But so far no issues, The mounts held perfectly.

In this picture the one closest to the house is somewhat blocked from most of the bad wind. But look at the ones towards the street and how much further they are bent over!


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Re: Faux Ocotillio Tree
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2010, 03:25:37 AM »
The next day after the storm..  only damage... half a string of red leds out on one pole..  thats all...

the top picture was taken from the same spot as above during the storm! If you compare you can see how much the poles were bending over!



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Re: Faux Ocotillio Tree
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2011, 12:52:31 PM »
Very nice William and a very easy build. Might have to make a few of those this year.

Mike
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Re: Faux Ocotillio Tree
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2011, 04:27:52 AM »
I love the great effect for the simplicity. Great work
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Re: Faux Ocotillio Tree
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2011, 09:00:24 PM »
these are fantastic!  and I will be making these for mom this christmas!  Thanks for the GREAT inspiration!