OK, so I wanted a Gibbet Cage to hang up in the front of the house. Everything I saw online was too expensive and nothing I found browsing around was the style I wanted, so I decided to build one to my own liking. It just so happened that I found some pvc type moulding, 1 inch wide x 12ft in length at Home Depot that would be perfect and cheap to use for this project.
5 PVC mouldings $4.25 each = $21.25
28 1 x 1/4 bolts with nuts = $3.25
4 1 1/2 x 1/4 bolts with washers and nuts = $0.75
This is how the $25 Gibbet Cage began:
Begin by cutting 4 of the 5 pvc mouldings to 6ft lengths. This will leave the other halves slightly longer. That's good, we want them to be longer.
Cut 1 pvc moulding to make 4 rings, 2 small, 1 somewhat larger, and 1 slightly smaller than your chest measures. I cut five rings, but you will only need 4 for this project.
Next take a scrap piece of 3/4 plywood and draw out 1 of the smaller rings from the inside. Take a jigsaw and cut the plywood to the shape of the ring.
Now attach 1 of the 6ft pvc mouldings to the base using a 1/4 inch drill bit and 1/4inch x 1 inch bolts.
Then we will move up slightly lower than shoulder height and attach the largest ring using a drill and the 1/4 inch bit, and we secure the ring with 1/4 x 1 inch bolts and a nut on the backside.
Next attach the middle size ring slightly lower than knee high and drill and bolt the bars to the rings.
Then attach the other small ring at the top. Notice that I rotated the pvc mouldings so that every other "bar" was longer.
The prop should be looking somewhat like this depending on how much beer you have consumed by this point.
Now we attach the plastic chain. I cut it out with tin snips to the length I needed and secured it the the cage using 1/4 x 11/2 bolts. Then used a washer to hold it in place and tightened with a nut.
Now it's on to painting! Paint it as you wish. I used black as a base and then misted it with light and dark parts using a Hammered color.
Next, post will include the finished product. Just couldn't fit it all in one post.