Projects

Lumber hauling bicycle

January 8, 2022

Since making a wood rack for my bike that carried 6 totes of belongings I’ve always thought that carrying lumber or long loads  wouldn’t be that difficult with the right supports. At first I was going to weld these two brackets to the frame, but after some thinking I realized it wouldn’t be that difficult…

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The Bike Box

January 3, 2022

The defunct Donkey Boxx company use to make durable fluted plastic bike panniers. Too bad they didn’t make it.  I’ve always thought if you don’t have any brake or shifting cables in the way the mid section of a bike frame would make for a convenient and balanced storage space. The 4.5″ width keeps the leg-rub…

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Coro truck canopy

November 16, 2021

The Coro canopy is a rapid deployment truck bed cover that can be used for keeping hauled items dry or, as seen here, made into a summer camper. When stored the canopy roof folds with the ends stored in between. The four 4×8 foot sheets of 4mm thick fluted plastic, lumber and hardware were purchased…

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Briggs and Stratton powered bicycle

November 15, 2021

I’ve been wanting to have a powered bicycle (with usable pedals) to tow my bicycle campers with. Electric to me is too much money and a hassle, plus on a long journey when the juice runs out you’re stuck pedaling. I favor the old briggs motors. They’re 4 cycle (no need to add oil to…

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Electric Mini Speed Boat

October 13, 2021

This was my first ‘V’ hull speed boat. I added a small 1.2 horsepower two cycle loud as hell Game Fisher gas motor for power. It got up to about 4 miles per hour. It was fun to drive. On this second version, which I show all the steps to build it on my youtube…

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Economical Reverse trike

March 31, 2021

My dream project conceived over 40 years ago. This is my third attempt at creating a high mileage one person trike. Borrowing ideas from Dale Malewicki’s California Commuter trike I fashioned a basic rigid front swing arm. This helps stabilize the trike in corners but also makes for a bumpy ride. To do it again…

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Bucket toilet stabilizers

December 2, 2020

My old camper doesn’t have a bathroom, which is fine except when you need to tinkle in the middle of the night. So we ordered a two room shower tent and a snap on bucket toilet seat from Amazon. Right away I discovered a potential problem. Too tippy even for my scrawny butt! Not long…

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Conestoga Bicycle Camper

October 13, 2020

On this design weight was not a huge issue. I wanted an ecologically friendly, inexpensive camper with design elements similar to the European Gypsy and American Pioneer wagons. The frame is somewhat similar to my Nomad bicycle camper using screwed together 1×2’s. This makes for a light-weight yet fairly sturdy frame. Electrical box covers were again…

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Livingston boat ramps and dolly

June 11, 2020

Not long ago I acquired a free 9 foot 160 pound double hull fiberglass Livingston boat. Unfortunately (or fortunately) it came without a trailer or wheels to move it around once on land. My truck has an 8 foot bed, and after taking some measurements I realized the boat could fit in the bed. The boat…

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Portable DIY bidet

April 10, 2020

This is a spent ink pen cartridge. Here I’m heating the cartridge end over a candle. A large nail is used to flaring the end of the tube. This end will rest against the cap. The flare will prevent the tube from popping out when the water bottle is squeezed. Once the flare is made,…

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