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Hahaha, swing on through Bozeman and I'll see what I can stitch up!

If you wanna send me a patch of your choice I will seriously try and make one up. They are a little bit dependent on your preferred beverage vessel, that one in particular is made for a 20oz Hydroflask tumbler. It also fits a nalgene AND a 32oz hydroflask bottle as well.

I leave for a Grand Trip in a week so I probably won't be able to crank one out before then but perhaps when I get back before Lochsa season really kicks off!
Aw hell, new soft goods company in Montana. Look out.

Seriously though, nice work.
 

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My wife is a pretty good sewer, what kind of machines is everyone sewing on? Will a standard sewing machine with a heavy duty needle do the trick, or do you all have heavy duty machines? Looking to make some drop bags and straps
 

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My girlfriend used a simple heavy duty Singer and "leather needles" to craft this for me. Seemed to be plenty of machine to handle it.

If anyone has leads on a cheap supplier of micromesh by the yard please let me know. Ordering it from River Boat Works is too costly...


 

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My girlfriend used a simple heavy duty Singer and "leather needles" to craft this for me. Seemed to be plenty of machine to handle it.

If anyone has leads on a cheap supplier of micromesh by the yard please let me know. Ordering it from River Boat Works is too costly...
Nice clean work on that piece! Sailrite has some of the mesh. How much is RBW charging a yard for their stuff? Even at whatever they are marking it up they likely don't cover much of their time to sell just materials. Its the sad reality of it. I have a local place that manufactures Canvas wall tents that I rarely use for a resource and they are double to triple retail on small items like D-rings but even at that it isn't worth their time to sell someone 10 d-rings.

Seattle Fabrics may have some stuff. As well as a good many other vendors on the web. Search Phifertex and double layer Phifertex. I don't use that stuff. I have been using pet mesh screen from Joanns which is really pretty heavy duty. It is something like $8.99 a yard retail and if you use one of the readily available 40-50% off coupon it is dirt cheap. Cheap enough that I am just making stuff out of it to test designs, if it doesn't hold up long term then I am just out prototypes and know what design changes are needed and can make them out of something else.
 

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Nice clean work on that piece! Sailrite has some of the mesh. How much is RBW charging a yard for their stuff? Even at whatever they are marking it up they likely don't cover much of their time to sell just materials. Its the sad reality of it.
I got just a yard for $25.00 a little while ago to play around with making some gear. I also ordered an (amazingly bomber) duffel as well, in part because I get that they aren't really in the business of selling fabric. That being said Ron wasn't exactly forthcoming on where he gets his from.
 

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Here are a few more things I am working on or have finished:


Knife Roll:








Drink holder variety:




Gear Sling/cover thing for 18' Grand Canyon boat(more Ds than my report cards):







Table Leg Holder/Dish Rack:



Table/Gear Deck for 12ft paddle cat:

 

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I love these types of threads! Here is a barrel pump that I made. Planning on a few things this year, a drop bag, cargo net and whatever else I can think up!

Missiongravity, where do you buy the vinyl mesh?
Nice, I recognize the cutting board with holes cut out of it sitting on your bench. Making pumps is a real PITA but is pretty satisfying when they work. I figure that by making pumps I am losing $ based on the amount of time I spent...

That said, thanks to this forum, I have made some things.

Pumps, smaller top-off style pumps without a check valve and a large ABS 5" barrel pump with check valve.



Two 4" thick PVC pads, need to make some cooler pad covers next.


Dry bag for tent, and a longer one for the k-pump style pump:


I didn't really make this, just assembled from loop straps and a metal ring:


Need to check yard sales this spring for a heavy duty sewing machine....
 

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Nice, I recognize the cutting board with holes cut out of it sitting on your bench. Making pumps is a real PITA but is pretty satisfying when they work. I figure that by making pumps I am losing $ based on the amount of time I spent...

That said, thanks to this forum, I have made some things.
Need to check yard sales this spring for a heavy duty sewing machine....

Nice stuff Shaft! Did you glue or hot air weld your pads? Valves in them? It's so cool seeing stuff others have made!

Sewing machines are so hard to find for a good deal. If people have a commercial machine for some reason they think they are worth retail.
 

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Nice stuff Shaft! Did you glue or hot air weld your pads? Valves in them? It's so cool seeing stuff others have made!

Sewing machines are so hard to find for a good deal. If people have a commercial machine for some reason they think they are worth retail.
I "heat welded" with a cheapo heat gun and silicone roller (that was about the same price as the heat gun) and put some halkey-roberts valves in which are good for rolling and to let water out if they get submerged, when using the heat gun/roller combo it is really difficult to get it 100% sealed.
 

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Hey all, if you want to run it, we're meeting at the take out at noon sunday.
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She is a beast of a machine. Probably 20 years old and still a bad ass. Very few broken needles. She is computerized and immediately stops instead of breaking them. She has been acting up lately, it may be time for a tune up.
 

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I was going to build one, but jeez, this thing was cheap enough and works great.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007QXK5MW/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
It cost a little bit more but I find this one much better. The foot pump is a little easier to use, it outputs slightly more water per pump and I like the smaller overall footprint that the system has. Also the square buckets are great for stacking on top of each other. Either with a lid or we fabricated some little aluminum tabs that hook on the edge of the small bucket and allow the top bucket to rest over the bottom bucket giving you a better height for your wash station.

NRS DRE Handwash Station
 

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I came up with this to secure my trailer, the arms pass through adjacent holes in the wheel and lock around the leaf spring. Works even with my brakes. Not bullet proof but as long as it's not the easiest thing to steal hopefully I'll be good.
 

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I came up with this to secure my trailer, the arms pass through adjacent holes in the wheel and lock around the leaf spring. Works even with my brakes. Not bullet proof but as long as it's not the easiest thing to steal hopefully I'll be good.
That is super rad! Beats looping a cable through it etc.
 

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This is one I made years ago, the black divider in the middle is a piece of UHMW I snagged out of the garbage at work. Drilled two holes clear through, threaded three of them. Just stuck a piece of 1/4 in in for the outlet, it just fits in tight and will swivel. Cut a slot in between the two holes so it will fit down over the side of the bucket. The Soap holder is a pocket off of Blue Jeans with a loop sewn at the top and a wire threw the loop with hook that hang over the bucket. Also took a picture of the lid we use for the bucket. The bucket doubles as a garbage can in the raft and the slots allow you to put garbage in without opening the lid.
 

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I also make my own throw bags. Purchase rope at the local farm supply store. Sew bottom from Blue Jeans. Started to put top on from the old roll up chair bags, closes down better. The weight of the blue jean, when dipped in the river (which is usually is wet after first day) really allows you to get good distance. I also put a small piece of closed cell foam at the end of the rope so bag will float. In a couple of them I have put in a star shaped out of ASB that will grab a rope stretched out in the water. Like a bow line that fed out of a stuck raft. I have sown in a short strap with Velcro on it to secure rope to D ring in front that is easily pulled free in emergency
 

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