September 28th, 2010 in member junk     
Ariete Ariete, member
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When I made this, I didn't really think about photographing the process as I assembled it. My neighbors moved out and left this 8 foot diameter aluminum Satellite dish behind. It hadn't been hooked up or used for at least 10 years. I kept looking at it and suddenly it hit me - wouldn't that make a really cool umbrella.

 So I found an old 10' piece of black steel pipe and took it too my local hardware store and had one end of it threaded and then I cut it down to 8 feet.  Next I found a threaded pipe base plate at a yard sale that actually fit the threaded pipe. I placed the base plate on the underside of the satellite dish, marked it and then drilled 4 holes, dropped 4 bolts in from the top, tightened them with nuts and then placed the pole in an old umbrella stand I had laying around. It creates a great shade and still lets enough light through if you have plants underneath. Great for the desert - the plants get filtered light without frying! Great for people too!


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Satellite Umbrella
posted in: member junk, metal, industrial, , outdoor spaces, contemporary, alternative, umbrella, garden furniture

Comments (9)

shabbychick writes: What a clever idea for some not so old "junk" - it's perfect as an umbrella!

Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Posted: 11:36 am on October 5th
RustyDiva writes: I'm joining the chorus ~ what a great idea!!! Those big ole clunky things make an awesome umbrella. Love love love! Posted: 12:14 pm on September 30th
MakinItHappen writes: I LOVE that! Posted: 9:19 am on September 30th
RobJ98167 writes: Best use for an old sat dish I have ever seen! Posted: 12:17 pm on September 29th
JUNKFORFUN writes: THAT IS REALLY COOL- AND YOUR VIEW IS AWESOME! Posted: 10:14 am on September 29th
artteachergirl writes: I want an old dish to use as a top to a gazebo, and now I want one for an umbrella too. Great reuse!
Welcome to JMS and Amen! on your profile post. Posted: 6:13 pm on September 28th
sandyrae writes: Welcome to Junkmarket! love the shade! Posted: 3:22 pm on September 28th
Ariete writes: Thank you. I have recently acquired a larger dish and will do more of a step-by-step when putting it together. Posted: 3:07 pm on September 28th
ILikeItVintage writes: What a great reuse idea! Posted: 12:52 pm on September 28th
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