I built it! Most artists make them themselves using PVC piping, which you can buy at Lowe’s or some other home improvement store. They’ll cut it for you to any size, so you can build them in a lot of different ways. You can also get the ends threaded so that the connecting pieces screw on, rather than just squeezing on (mine aren’t threaded and it sucks haha). You’ll also need clamps or vices to hold them to the table; most of the people I know use these:
If you ever go to an AA with them you can see that lots of artists have developed different structure designs. I wouldn’t recommend mine, because the legs just make sure it doesn’t tip toward the customer when it falls over haha; it has to have at least one leg clamped on the side. Here are some of the structures I’ve tried or seen:
My current; anything with legs, btw, takes up space on your table, which is bad if you have lots of stuff (but good if you don’t have that much stuff so it doesn’t look as empty haha):
I used this at Snafucon:
I think this is the standard that most people do:
Shared my friends version of this at AX; it went over once or twice because the under table was bad for our clamps; we figured out it was more stable if we flipped the rubber yellow parts of the clamp mouth backward so they couldn’t slide out:
I just learned this one this year and a friend says it’s very stable; I don’t know if they use two more clamps on the front but I would imagine not:
Some important points:
-Make sure you know the length of the table. If your top length pipe is too long, you’re screwed.
-Make sure you factor in the added height of the clamp base if there is a height limit for displays at your con (AX has this). A clamp adds an extra 2-3 inches to your display height and if you only measure your piping your display will be too tall.
-Whatever you do, make sure it’s stable. Don’t put it up wobbly and just think, “oh I’ll just be careful.” Wind will come from somewhere, you’ll be helping someone and get distracted, or customers will bump it and poke it and pull on it no matter what you do, so you want to make sure it can’t fall over. Keep the clamps on the back or sides of the table, not where customers (or their children) can bump them or mess with them. Keep in mind that your customers at cons are incredibly excited and usually distracted, that’s the nature of cons, so you’re really responsible for your own stuff here.
Yay!! Ive been looking for something like this. <3