Projects

Teardrop bicycle cover

May 8, 2019

  This was an attempt to make a teardrop shell fiberglass plug for my road bike. Plywood ribs were attached together using 90 degree brackets. Holes spaced 4″ apart  were drilled on the rib edges. 1/8″ wire was treaded thru the holes. Thin wire was used to attach the chicken wire to the 1/8″ wire…

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Paint can swamp cooler

May 8, 2019

This was an attempt at making a small traveling swamp cooler for a vehicle without air conditioning. The fan sucked air thru the small holes on the sides and thru the damp cloth wall lining.  A small fountain pump pushed water up to the round tube. Multiple holes were drilled on the bottom of the…

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Tea candle survival stove

May 8, 2019

Made with sheet aluminum, I made three identical stands and taped them together. A jar lid was used to make the base that holds the candles. Notches were made to hold an aluminum can. I coped off the lid to the can and spray painted it with dull black stove paint. Here I’m cooking a…

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Hexadome

April 14, 2019

This six sided dome was made using 8 sheets of 4mm thick recycled campaign signs and duct tape. Similar to my Octatipi in construction, the sides on this shelter flare out giving you more interior head space. The floor uses two 4×8 ft. campaign sign, bent up at the edges and housed inside the walls…

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Electric recumbent scooter

April 13, 2019

  This is the first stand up scooter I made into a recumbent. It was a hoot to ride for about 4 miles, then the battery would drain and soon you were forced to walk the rig home.

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Fin propulsion boat

April 12, 2019

There was this small boat I saw on the internet called the Thistle that was fin propelled. I thought I’d try to come up with a low tech version of the boat. I opted to have the foot powered with the pilot sitting backwards. I thought this would be a great position for fishing. The…

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Little burningman trike

April 12, 2019

  The second time I went to Burningman I brought my older brother. I brought the big trike and made this little sail trike adding a 2hp Briggs and Stratton edger motor for back-up power. I pounded on a roughed-up tube onto the drive axle for front wheel food activated friction drive. I made a…

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High mileage trike #2

April 12, 2019

This was my second attempt at making my dream 150+ mpg one passenger vehicle. I started out with a rear engine design but opted to try a front engine placement for better cooling and balancing.   Later I tried to make it a rat rod type vehicle, but eventually abandoned the idea all together. Fast…

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Bug-out bicycle camper

April 12, 2019

  The 2006 Burningman Theme was ‘Hopes and Fears of the Future’. I chose fear. Back then the bird flu virus was a big scare. I came up with this Mad Max style post apocalyptic bug-out rig for wandering around the playa. I also brought it along the following year. Left to right, Solar window…

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Bug screen tent canopy

April 12, 2019

I took a canopy made for beds and make an outdoor nook for my wife and I to sit in and enjoy the summer, bug free. For the stakes I cut 10 ft rebar lengths in two, then I cut an X in tennis balls and slipped them over the stake ends. I draped the…

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