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I am a person who enjoys making their own gear and I am sure many of you others are as well! Let's see those homemade drop bags, drag bags, tables, utensil holders etc. DISCLAIMER: I am not a gear company looking to rip your designs etc, just a guy who has a sewing machine and likes sitting in front of it!

Here are a few items I have made lately. Don't have any pics of my drop bags or gear bags but will try and get some.



Drag Bags(first design):








Map Book Case:




Sand Stake:



Med Kit:




Cup Holder:



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Not quite DIY, but close. I wanted a new design of oarlock for my dory. Came up with my own pattern, but my casting skills are still developing. Sent the oarlocks out to a marine foundry to have cast in aluminum bronze and manganese bronze. They're not only solid as tanks, they're absolutely gorgeous.

And 3 more PVC pads. Two are 70"x22"x2" to use on the deck of my dory, one is 24" x 72" x 3" with Home Depot foam.
 

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A friend has this (https://www.downriverequip.com/rigg...er-equipment/down-river-crossbar-bag-pid-2025) on the front crossbar of his raft frame and its purpose is to store the last things used before shoving off, sand stake/mallet/k-pump/stern rope and then empty beer cans during the day, the bag is very well made and has a sheet of Hypalon sewn to the inside to protect the tight mesh material.

I wanted something similar so I ordered the Phiphertex plus mesh, YKK #8 zipper (Downriver uses a #10) and I already had the webbing and grommets. I sewed this up on my wimpy home machine. It lacks the pull tabs and webbing reinforcement of the Downriver bag, I used PVC instead of Hypalon to protect the inside. It's a little smaller but will hold all the items I listed above, pretty happy how it turned out...
 

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Flat pack firepan. Laser cut, this one is carbon steel, stainless is also an option. Where the plates that make the "v" shape meet I've cut interlocking teeth to keep most of the ash in....fire blanket still a must IMO. My favorite aspect is the open areas outside the pit that you can tuck your feet into to get them nice and warm... Also great for warming food that you dont actually cook.

 

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Bwaters, the mesh is actually from Jo-Anns. It is the only heavy duty thing they carry there. It is called pet screen mesh. It is a vinyl coated polyester thread I believe. I have been using it as it is very affordable with their 50% off coupons and it seems to hold up reasonably well so far.
I ordered an XL siphon bulb off amazon and picked up a couple buckets from Rosauers grocery. Had some scrap aluminum and copper laying around and this is what came out of it. About $30 in supplies and a couple hours of your life.
 

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What is the inside protection sheet?

If it covers the mesh, why not skip the mesh and make a PVC bag?
Since I was copying the DR bag, I ordered and used the mesh, there's no reason you couldn't use PVC.

With a heavier duty machine, seams in PVC should be as secure as the mesh, not the case with my home machine, I have tried both and my machine has an easier time with the mesh. The problem could be that I am a sewing rookie and need to play with thread tension more, the PVC also doesn't feed well, I suspect the feed dogs don't grip the slippery material very well.
 

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Made a cooler cover / dog bed from an old hypalon thwart I was never going to use.

Total investment was maybe $50 CDN for some foam (I used 2 kinds of foam of different densities) and goop to glue the foam.

I used half a can of Clifton I had from my repair kit that won't be good next year anyway.

Very cushy and should last pretty much forever aside from the old military valve failing. Automotive exterior Bumper Auto part
Automotive exterior Furniture Auto part Table
 

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Man that’s a good idea Cupido.
I usually hang sections of thinsulite pad, in front of, and behind my cooler, to help insulate it, but they get all ratty after a while and kinda look like crap...
Think I’m gonna try something similar to what you did, the grommets on an old thwart or floor would be perfect for hanging the things, to. Now I just need to find some old material to buy off somebody that doesn’t need it anymore...
 

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Ha ha! Just posted a want ad in the classifieds for an old floor, just what I need to keep my cheap old 150 qt Coleman outlasting the uncovered, high quality coolers!
Old Riken hypalon would ad a lot of style to...thanks for posting a great idea!
 

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Man that’s a good idea Cupido.
I usually hang sections of thinsulite pad, in front of, and behind my cooler, to help insulate it, but they get all ratty after a while and kinda look like crap...
Think I’m gonna try something similar to what you did, the grommets on an old thwart or floor would be perfect for hanging the things, to. Now I just need to find some old material to buy off somebody that doesn’t need it anymore...
Thanks!

I see the grommets as a great way to tether the pad to my frame so it never goes far from the cooler, even when I unstrap it to grab a beer.

The d ring was already there and I'll probably attach my little speaker to that... and or my throw bag. Great easy access spot.
 

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Ha ha! Just posted a want ad in the classifieds for an old floor, just what I need to keep my cheap old 150 qt Coleman outlasting the uncovered, high quality coolers!
Old Riken hypalon would ad a lot of style to...thanks for posting a great idea!
I have another thwart you can have for shipping but it might not be all that cheap from canada.

And it is old riken hypalon.
 

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What is everyone else building this winter?

I'm working on some patterns to have more bronze fittings cast for my dory, a cherry wood roll-a-table, and am going to build a couple of folding wood beach chairs.

Here are a few quick options from Google:

Sailrite

Tarps Now

Here it is for $10 a yard
Two more sources:
https://www.onlinefabricstore.net/phifertex-standard-solids-gray-sand-fabric-.htm


https://www.seattlefabrics.com/72-Multi-Color-Textilene-Mesh-1395-linear-yard_p_87.html


https://www.etsy.com/listing/756919764/sandstone-tan-textilene-90-screen-60
 

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I'd like to see your cherry roll a table.


I'm trying to get ahold of a heavy duty sewing machine for cheap so I can make some water jug slings, captains bags etc I'm also going to make some nice sideboards, once I get my "have to" shop list worked through.
 

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What is everyone else building this winter?

I'm working on some patterns to have more bronze fittings cast for my dory, a cherry wood roll-a-table, and am going to build a couple of folding wood beach chairs.



Two more sources:
https://www.onlinefabricstore.net/phifertex-standard-solids-gray-sand-fabric-.htm


https://www.seattlefabrics.com/72-Multi-Color-Textilene-Mesh-1395-linear-yard_p_87.html


https://www.etsy.com/listing/756919764/sandstone-tan-textilene-90-screen-60
Now we need to commission Deadlocks_281 to start a list detailing sources of materials;)

Thanks Deadlocks for that list of whitewater vendors.
 

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A friend has this (https://www.downriverequip.com/rigg...er-equipment/down-river-crossbar-bag-pid-2025) on the front crossbar of his raft frame and its purpose is to store the last things used before shoving off, sand stake/mallet/k-pump/stern rope and then empty beer cans during the day, the bag is very well made and has a sheet of Hypalon sewn to the inside to protect the tight mesh material.

I wanted something similar so I ordered the Phiphertex plus mesh, YKK #8 zipper (Downriver uses a #10) and I already had the webbing and grommets. I sewed this up on my wimpy home machine. It lacks the pull tabs and webbing reinforcement of the Downriver bag, I used PVC instead of Hypalon to protect the inside. It's a little smaller but will hold all the items I listed above, pretty happy how it turned out...
Hey, I designed that DRE bag and it is copyrighted!;)

I'm really glad that someone else appreciated the utility of it's purpose and liked it enough to copy. Enjoy.

Funny thing about the Hypalon base liner. In a light bulb moment I realized purpose for 60" bolts of Hypalon in the warehouse that had been around forever and were being used up at a rate of inches per year for repair kits.

The original crossbar bag was rectangular and precisely and very tightly held 3 12 ounce twelve packs. When suspended beneath a cross bar it utilized normally under-utilized space freeing up space in dry boxes and rocket boxes. Considering at the time that I ran two Jacks Daddy Cats usually operated by School of Mines Grad students or friends while I kayaked, that is a lot of cross bars and a lot of beer.

The use of grommets instead of integrated straps was for bomb-proof-ness and I was floating the idea of standardized widths between mounting points for this bag and future drop bags, hence matched up grommets for rigging on opposite sides of the crossbar. In the conceptual stage(in my dreams) was a metal strap hanger that would tightly straddle the crossbar and a large binder post type thing would use the grommets for mounting. In the end, perhaps why complicate something that works fine, a cam strap.

And as Paul Harvey would say ........
 

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A couple of projects I just finished up. One is a Grand Canyon legal break down fire pan made from some parts of a Pop Up Pit plus aluminum flat plate. It assembles without any hardware and weighs about 5 pounds.

Since I had the legs from the Pop Up Pit left over I made a stand for one half of my Partner Steel break apart stove. I think the stand will be handy to free up the burners on my 4 burner stove when we want to keep the coffee hot or make another pot. It will also be used for lightweight trips. Stand hardware stores in the stove. Last is just a simple small cocktail table made for use with the stand from some left over plate.
 

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