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Old 05-15-2018   #61
 
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That sir is ingenious.

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Old 05-16-2018   #62
 
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Great thread! Iím still interested in building my own oars. Have good, straight, clear Douglas Fir that I can use for the endeavor. What Iím not clear on is how to round out the shafts and particularly how to articulate the grips. Other suggestions I could use are how to treat/protect the blades (epoxy, fiberglass, plastidip, heat shrink, etc. Iím thinking pins and clips would be more straight forward than sleeves. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
I have a 10' set of Doug Fir wood oars that has been running strong for 13 years, and a 9.5' set of oars going on year 9.

one has a cracked blade (fixable) and one now has a cracked shaft (maybe retired) where the grain ran off the wood....but considering 6 total oars and a few hundred river days, I'm not unhappy!

I'll add some pics.

#1: find good lumber. Find a lumberyard that will let you dig their piles. You want close-grained (old growth) wood. You don't care if it is 2x6, 2x8, 2x10...you don't really even care if it is flat grained or vertical grained. You will want to resaw and laminate it anyway.

Also, what tools you have available will dictate how you build them. Shoot me a PM with your email.
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Old 05-16-2018   #63
 
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A few contributions:

Folding LPG burner/blaster stove, fits in a small 50cal ammo can


Anodized my own aluminum Dutch Ovens:



One 4-bay frame from 1.25" EMT conduit, painted yellow, gold pearl flake, and clear-coated:




Grab handle saddle with drink holsters


1.5gal water kettle from a cast off espresso shop stainless steel water softener tank. I welded on the tabs, handle, and spout.


Table:
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Old 05-16-2018   #64
 
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Table legs/frame:


I once turned an old UHaul into a motorhome:




Stern frame:



I need to add some pics of the drybags, drop bag, drag bag, and oars I've built.
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Found some ratty old 5# and 10# propane tanks. Wire brushed them, painted them yellow, and sent them in for a recert and to have new OPD valves installed



One of the 10# tanks got accent painted. Stuart gets to go camping. 30# Kevin stays home.
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Found some ratty old 5# and 10# propane tanks. Wire brushed them, painted them yellow, and sent them in for a recert and to have new OPD valves installed.
You didn't build the tanks from some a defunct pressure cooker? Very nice work on all that gear you built.
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I have made a 4 rafting pads with PVC from a truck tarp maker and valves off of Amazon. 26 inches wide, 3 inches thick, and about 6'8" long. Cost per pad was 70 dollars with most of that cost going to the foam (who knew nice foam cost 50 dollars). I went with white for heat control and am really happy with the color. During the process, I found out that having a nice heat gun and some jigs to hold things makes a huge difference (I had neither), so I ended up gluing them rather than welding. So far, they are holding up great.

Here's a link to the thread I made on it while figuring things out.

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f...uts-60069.html
I'm working on pads myself. Home Depot has 3" x 24" x 72" foam for only $25. I tested one out last weekend and I liked it!

Although...I'm 6'-6", and a longer pad sounds awesome.

Edit: just read that entire thread. I haven't been on the buzz much in the past couple years--looks like you inspired a LOT of other people to make pads!!
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You didn't build the tanks from some a defunct pressure cooker? Very nice work on all that gear you built.
Haha, no, I'm not brave enough to weld on any pressure vessels. Those were a cosmetic improvement only!
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MT4Runner - Are you some kind of DIY magician and where do I learn the magic?
The pads have been a fun project, and it's nice to help make them more accessible to those of us that can't always fork out. It seems I need to start getting into welding too. I made a transom out of heavy PVC pipe and wood for my little 3 HP, but a metal one would be a lot better if I want to push a flotilla.
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MT4Runner - Are you some kind of DIY magician and where do I learn the magic?
It's my thing.

Ever see that Dilbert cartoon video 'The Knack'? I have it. I don't watch much TV, I took a lot of shop classes in HS, made a ton of messes in my dad's shop growing up, and my mom's sewing room. Mom and Dad built my childhood home, so I grew up building. Mom was a Home Economics teacher so my brother and I earned to sew at age 5 or so, woodworking at age 8 or 10, learned to weld at 12. I'm also socially awkward. haha.

I'm actually not that great with original ideas, but I do like to copy ideas or combine multiple ideas or skillsets into projects. Seriously--I'm inspired by your PVC pad thread. I started one 3 years ago and it stalled on valves and glue.

Like missiongravity said, everything is a prototype. If it works, great. If not, improve it!!
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