Projects

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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Micro Mobile Art studio

April 10, 2020

  After making my last shelter for landscape drawing, I decided it was too large and too big to carry. I wanted something even smaller that I could attach to my Tommy Bahama chair. From my past experience I felt an arc was the best structure for strength and aerodynamics, but the problem was…

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Covid 19 DIY mask and shield

April 9, 2020

Here is an air tight DIY filtration mask and near air tight face shield using a cottage cheese container and a 2 liter pop bottle.   On the shield I used 1-1/4″ wide by 1/4″ thick foam peal-and-stick weather seal, but you can use something similar to protect your face from the plastic shield. For…

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Plein air drawing shelter

March 23, 2020

  For the last year, each week I’ve been joining several friends to seek out places around our area to set-up and paint landscape on the spot. This is Stu. One of my Plein air pals. My oil painting friends set up their tripods and stand in the elements until their painting is rendered. I…

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Mini Catamaran II

March 22, 2020

This was me tweeting the original Mini Catamaran. I decided to have the motor in the rear figuring the prop wash would pass by the ends of the pontoons hence giving me more responsive steering. But instead of facing forward, which adds complexity to the steering and throttle, I decided to face sideways similar to…

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DIY surgical mask

March 22, 2020

As of this writing the Covid 19 Corona virus is spreading so fast that the preferred N95 disposable surgical masks are becoming quite scarce. Not many contagion tests are being administered on the general public as of yet, so you or I could be a walking Typhoid Mary. What if I develop a cough or…

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Coro Mini Catamaran

February 12, 2020

  I wanted to see what a 4ft by 8ft sheet of fluted plastic would look like folded origami style into a water tight pontoon for a Catamaran boat. After making a paper model I calculated the sq. ft. interior space to determine the waterline loaded with 200 pounds. I wasn’t too pleased with the…

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Coro Speed Boat II

January 9, 2020

This was the first of my gas powered fluted plastic boats. I called it the Speed Boat. PVC was used for the Gunwales, but this proved to be a poor choice to secure an upper decking. Also the light weight 1.2 HP Gamefisher motor was used. The fluted plastic was folded for the transom, creating…

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Burningman pedal car

May 13, 2019

    When my wife decided to come with me to the Burningman art festival I started looking for ideas on a two person pedal vehicle that I could make for the event. I spied on this picture. During WWII when France was occupied by the Germans and fuel was confiscated for the war effort,…

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