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Summer 2015 - Page 7 Build a Teepee Tent

BRING IT ALL TOGETHER Create 24 " length of lacing with " wide strips of canvas or rope. Use scissors to make four 1 " horizontal incisions spaced 4 " apart through both pieces of overlapping canvas at the top above the door. Thread your lacing through, like a shoelace. Pendant location is for photography purposes only. Consult a licensed electrician for recommended outdoor lighting fixture use. BUILD THE FRAME [1] Tie one end of the rope to one pole, about 1 ft. from the top. Lash two more poles to the first. Stand the three poles up, then spread them to set the width of the base. Lean the last two poles in, resting against the top to complete the cone shape. Lash them to the first three and secure with a knot. [2] Measure the circumference around the top 72 " from the ground (about 1 ft. below your rope lashing). Add 18 " to this measurement, to allow for canvas overlap. Jot down the total number. Measure the circumference at the base. Subtract the distance between the two poles that will define the opening, then add 12 " to allow for wrapping the two entrance poles. Jot down the total number.

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MATERIALS

5 8' Landscape Poles 7 Yards Cotton Canvas, 72" 4 Yards Hemp Rope, " Fabric Glue

TOOLS

Tape Measure Scissors Spring Clamps

Watch the video and see more details at Build.com/teepeetent PREPARE THE CANVAS [3] Cut canvas into three equal sheets (84 " W x 72 " L). Lay down Sheet #1. Align Sheet #2 to the right, then slide Sheet #2's upper left corner to the center point of Sheet #1 (at the 42 " mark), keeping Sheet #2's lower left corner touching Sheet #1's lower right corner. Then align Sheet #3 to the left of Sheet #1 and "reverse," sliding Sheet #3's upper right corner to the center point of Sheet #1, keeping the lower corners touching. Now the three sheets form a large U shape. Use fabric glue to attach the left edge of Sheet #2 and the right edge of Sheet #3 to Sheet #1. (Spring clamps can be helpful while the edges dry.) Halve the upper circumference measurement (from Step 2 above). Start at the top center point of Sheet #1 (where the upper corners of Sheet #2 and Sheet #3 touch) and measure this distance up and out toward Sheet #2's right top corner. Mark your canvas. Then, from the center point, measure this distance up and out toward Sheet #3's left top corner, and mark your canvas. Then, halve the bottom circumference measurement (from Step 2 above). From the bottom center point of Sheet #1, measure this distance up and out toward Sheet #2's right bottom corner. Mark your canvas. Repeat by measuring this distance up and out toward Sheet #3's left bottom corner. [4] Use a straightedge (or an extra landscape pole) for guidance as you cut from top mark to bottom mark. [5] Lay canvas over frame as desired.

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