Re: Signal Tower Plans
Michael A. Golrick (mgolrick@SCLC.ORG)
Wed, 31 Dec 1997 10:56:07 -0500
Ginny Gillam wrote:
>Needed: plans for building a signal tower.
>The boys in the local troop want to build this tower at an upcoming scouting
>event. Does anyone know where various plans and methods can be located?
>One of materials being considered for construct assembly is bamboo. If
>anyone can offer suggestions or where plans can be found please post here or
>email me at:
Hi Ginny -
You do not note where you are, but I assume it must be somewhere south of
me (bamboo does not grow very tall here).
At our December camping trip some of our troop made a signal tower from
local black birch saplings which we were clearing (and collecting some
material for *our* Klondike). They basically used the "H" lashing as
illustrated in the Pioneering MB book (a good resource for this kind of
project). Our tower was 17.5 feet tall [height determined by the length of
the saplings]. They used the four straightest and did two identical sides
with cross supports before joining them together one at a time. They lashed
a pole across the top support to hang a lantern from which helped
illuminate our campfire that night.
OTOH, at Wood Badge, my patrol built the tower (opposite the ballista) and
we used a similar method, except that the supports were much heavier (3
inch diameter), the tower was shorter (top was 6 feet off the ground) and
we had a platform for someone to sit on about 5 feet off the ground. This
was done in about an hour with all seven of us working hard at it!
Good luck, and get that Pioneering MB book
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