Projects

Cooking oil candle stove

May 12, 2019

  I made this heater/stove for a small push cart shelter. For the main housing I used a Costco peanut can. This top view with the lid off shows the three vegetable oil candles. To make the you first need a floating wick. I used a small 3/8″ length of wine cork. I drilled a…

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Ammo box stove

May 10, 2019

This was my version of the air tight Ammo stove. The box I had was pretty small in comparison to others I’d seen. It was fun to build but the fire wouldn’t last for more than a half hour. I was hoping for a longer burn time. The bolt on the front (left) of the…

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DIY car top carrier

May 9, 2019

Here I am playing around again with a $20 sheet of 4×8 foot 4mm thick fluted plastic. I thought I’d make a car top carrier. I buy my fluted plastic at Laird Plastics Inc. (206-623-4900) in downtown Seattle Washington where they stock several thicknesses, sizes and color choices. Made with zip ties and held down…

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Survival kits

May 9, 2019

First I want to say that a common space blanket is one of the best things to carry on a day hike. Here I’m exploring more than just keeping warm. In 1986 Mother Earth News asked a few Outdoor experts to come up with a DIY survival kit. They were all huge and too big…

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Survival mailbox stove

May 8, 2019

Made with a mailbox, bent electrical conduit, copper wire and a rain gutter, this was an experiment in what a person could use around their home to create a make-shift stove for cooking and boiling contaminated water in case of a natural disaster. I used a drill for holes, but you could use a nail…

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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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