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This year I am going to try bucket(gravity fed) drip irrigation fro my garden beds. However, I have been thinking about easy/cheap/headache free ways to suspend the buckets 3-4 feet above the beds. I was thinking about using a simple bamboo tripod. Any thoughts about whether or not this will hold a five gallon bucket of water? I was thinking I could let the bucket hang from tripod or maybe find a way to sit it on top. I've never used/made a bamboo tripod before so I'm not sure if this will work. Thoughts?
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I'm sure seasoned bamboo would work, but have no idea about green bamboo . . . . where are you getting your bamboo?

I saved some images to use with 5 gallon water stations myself. Looked but didn't find any wood-working plans..... but maybe you could.
The light weight water-crock stands are a very ingenious design, and fold up when not in use. So this is where I started in my search. Tripods are a bit to easy to bring down for my tastes.

Here are the images I collected for some inspiration -

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Seasoning will just make it last longer. In terms of strength, green bamboo should work just as well for such a simple structure. The main question is, how thick is your bamboo? The thinner canes naturally won't work as well. At most the bucket should weigh around 42 pounds. That's no problem for most bamboo, but if you'll be hanging the bucket(putting it on top sounds like a far more complicated design) the binding between your 3 canes will be bearing a lot of the weight. How well that holds up, depends on your manner of lashing them together.
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