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Old 3 Weeks Ago   #1
 
Walterville, Oregon
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Light pole

I recently returned from a long trip where we cooked and washed dishes in the dark most nights. It was nice to have lights in the kitchen and not need to rely on headlamps. I would lash an oar to the table with a strap for a light pole to get the lights up higher for better illumination. I'm kinda lazy and I thought there had to be a be an easier way to set up the pole. When I got home I cut a hole in my table big enough to accomodate an oar. Just drop an oar through the hole and it's done. Since my tabletop is a sheet of aluminum, I trimmed the hole with vinyl tubing and hot glue so that the oar wouldn't get scratched. This is probably not necessary if your tabletop is plywood.
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Old 3 Weeks Ago   #2
 
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Easy and simple, no extra baggage. Plus it works. I really like that idea. Thanks for sharing.
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Not to mention its festive! Thanks for the idea.
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These work well also if you have a place to mount no thicker than 1" and do not have an spare oar handy.

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we have used the light pole where the bugs where too bad to turn your head lamp on.. This streamlight electric lantern works awesome when you take the cap off..

https://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-4...3674419&sr=8-4

cool idea with the hole in the table. that really simplifies things. we usually sandwich it between an cooler and a dry box..
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I think the oar might be too heavy if it were windy--wouldn't want it to tip my table.
I'd probably implement it with a thinner pole.
But I think it's an awesome solution, love the simple grommeted hole!
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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #7
 
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We used a Lucy solar string light for the kitchen on a recent GC trip and every kitchen crew loved it. Pretty easy to find places to hang the string from and the distributed lights are easy on the eyes. I like the idea of a hole in the table for a pole though; that would have been useful at a couple of camps.
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The best pole I've found for night lighting is a tiki torch stick with a lit tiki torch on top of it.
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The best pole I've found for night lighting is a tiki torch stick with a lit tiki torch on top of it. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/images/smilies/icon_mrgreen.gif[/IMG]
How do you keep the tiki touch from leaking fuel all over while on the river?
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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #10
 
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The hole in the table with an oar inserted is a great solution especially good for one of the large wooden outfitter type tables. I have one of the big outfitter tables and they are good to work off of but big and heavy for me to transport. I have switched to the roll up aluminum slat type tables because they are for me at least, easier to transport. Thanks to BigHorn's link, I ordered one of the very light weight clamp on poles which I think will work well for me on my roll up tables. Thanks to both Wadeinthewater and Bighorn for really good tips.
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