We get asked about our training t-stands A LOT. They're heavy enough that our macaws can fly to and from them, without having any issue. That seems to draw all the attention.
Below you will find instructions for the designs to our old t-stands that you can take to a local welder for them to make you one if you are interested in this route. However, we never sold these stands outright due to the fact that shipping ended up being more costly than the cost of the actual t-stand itself. We also felt like, while these designs made a solid training stand, there was some functionality issues that we weren't exactly fond of. Traveling with them was difficult, and while they provided a great stand from the floor, we have also found there to be a real need for tabletop training stands, especially for the smaller birds. Therefore, we have since redesigned them and are so excited to offer our very own adjustable training stands!
Back to the old ones for they DIYers...
So here's the deal on our t-stands, we had them made by a local welder. We had a big batch of them made but then when it came to pricing and selling them, we realized because they're so heavy that shipping ended up being more costly than the cost of the darn t-stand! So it just wasn't something customers were stoked about. Since, we've added the entire batch to our personal collection and sometimes fly with them (checked baggage) for clients to keep.
This article is so that you have ALL the details on these and can approach your local welder to make you one, or a batch! (I literally keep these around my home, one in the living room, one in the office, 2-3 in the garage plus we use them on stage in shows and backstage, dressing rooms...)
The base not only catches poop, but it also acts like an anchor weight-wise.
The base: 12" by 12"
T-stand length: 12"
Height: 36 1/4"
Angles of base: 4.5"
Diameter of poles: 1"
We had two varieties of stands made. One weighs 10 lbs and has its t-stand able to unscrew so it breaks into two pieces. The other weighs 16.4 lbs and is all welded into one piece. Both versions are made from steel and powder coated black.
You can use any safe metals, or use steel (because it's HEAVY!) and have it powder coated. We have one stand made out of aluminum so it's silver, but it is too light-weight for our birds to fly to/from it without it wobbling. So I recommend the heavier materials so your bird never has a question of balance.
Our aluminum t-stand is removable from the base, so we can literally put those circular weights on it to make it more steady.
Photos for reference