List poles provide a support for ropes used to enclose an area for medieval combat or other activities.
I expected I’d find existing plans I could copy for this purpose, but ended up designing my own because I couldn’t find any that fit our needs.
- Self-supporting. In some places you can simply pound stakes into the ground, but here in New York City, a design with legs will allows us to hold events on asphalt, or in public parks where we’re not allowed to make holes in the lawn.
- Compact and portable. When we’re not at events, these are going to sit in a crate in our small apartment, and then be ferried around in a van packed full of passengers, so they need to collapse down to a reasonable size.
- Simple. I built six of these one a weekend in my home office with a couple of hand-held power tools.
- Affordable. I spent around $40 on materials for the six poles ($30 lumber, $10 paint), plus $30 for 100′ of rope.
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This stand is designed to hold SCA youth combat “boffer” swords and similar foam-padded weapons.
I looked at a number of racks for steel and rattan weapons and then came up with a custom design that combined several elements with the following criteria.
- Support an assortment of SCA-approved youth swords and pole arms, which are typically between 2″ and 3” in diameter, and anywhere from 15″ to 72″ in length.
- Pack down compactly to an easy-to-carry unit that can be loaded into the van along with other youth combat gear, carried to the site, and then set up quickly.
- Simple to build using stock dimensional lumber and basic hand-held power tools.
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