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Turn a handful of hardware into a fun Halloween decoration to display on a tabletop or your front porch.
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On each end of one strap, identify the center hole in a diagonal row of three holes. Clamp the strap to a piece of scrap wood and use a drill to expand that center hole to 5/16 inch on both ends. Repeat for the remaining straps.
When drilling metal, add a small drop of oil to the tip of the bit to reduce heat buildup that can damage some bits.
Use a hacksaw to shorten the threaded rod by 2 inches. Tape off 1 inch of both ends. Paint the rod and four 5/16-inch hex nuts (Churchill Hotel Vanilla shown). After the paint dries, remove the tape.
If you plan to leave the pumpkin outdoors for long periods, consider applying a metal primer before spraying the parts the color of your choice.
Bend each strap into a half-circle. Clean the straps with mineral spirits, let dry, and spray on two coats of paint.
Remove the mounting screw from the table leg and cut the leg to length as shown. Drill two 1/16-inch holes 1/2-inch deep on the leg end about 1/8 inch from the edge on opposite sides of the center hole. Straighten one end of a spring and slip the straightened end into a hole in the table leg. Repeat for the other spring. Then paint the leg and springs (Woodlawn Promised Land shown).
Thread a hex nut down 2 inches from the top end of the rod and another hex nut 2 inches from the bottom. Stack the 10 straps and insert the top end of the rod into the 5/16-inch strap holes. Hold them in place with a third hex nut.
Screw the top end of the rod into the table leg until it’s firmly in place. Move the two hex nuts and straps to just beneath the table leg without completely tightening them in place.
Flip the rod and straps upside down. Starting with the strap that’s now at the bottom of the upside down stack, insert the bottom end of the rod through the other 5/16-inch hole. Then add the strap that’s next to the bottom followed by the remaining straps in order. Use a hex nut threaded flush with the end of the rod to hold the straps in place and move the inside hex nut to press the straps against the outside hex nut.
Space the curved straps evenly and tighten the inside hex nuts to hold them in place. Touch up the spray paint as needed. Estimated cost: $29.
To display the pumpkin upright, instead of on its side, insert the bottom hex nut into a cup pull.