Support

Fig. 7-11

Clamps hold pieces together, but how do you support the whole device? A boiler, a tall column, a still head and one or two condensers makes a top-heavy assembly, just asking to fall over. It should be supported at the top, or in the middle. The simplest way is with a bracket attached to a wall, but another method offers additional benefits.

Fasten one end of a wooden plank to a wall with a hinge, and fasten a drop-down leg to the other end. Cut a slot for the column partway through the middle of the plank, and you have a support that also creates a handy table! If the drop-down leg is properly braced with a cross-bar, you have a platform that is less wobbly than a conventional table, because it's fastened to a wall.

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