Projects

DIY long tail bike

April 11, 2019

I was wanting to see if I could make a medium duty long tail bike. All I had at the time was this lugged frame Diamond back bike. Because of the lugged fittings, I wasn’t comfortable just replacing the upper and lower rear forks. I instead opted to add 7″ of material in-between the existing…

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Lil Dipper paddle boat

April 11, 2019

    Unlike the 6mm thick hulls of Sparky, the Speed Boat or the Box Boat, The Lil Dipper was made using more common 4mm fluted plastic. I installed grooved (tables saw) inexpensive 1×2″ pine boards along the edges to fortify the hull. Others were added to support the mast and to act as foot supports.…

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Little miss Sally electric boat

April 11, 2019

For PDF plans, click here!  This is Liberty, the first wood boat I designed and made. The sides and bulkheads are Made of pine boards. The deck and bottom from one sheet of 1/4″ marine plywood. It started as a kayak, then a spinnaker sail and rudder was added, and finally a small electric trolling…

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Sparky electric boat

April 11, 2019

For video plans, click here!  Since my back started bothering me I’d been wanting to make a fluted plastic electric boat, but the shorter non-leaking folds of my other boats kind of restricted the weight limit. On this boat I added a wood transom adding 9″ in length. This gave me more buoyancy for the…

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Liberty wood kayak

April 11, 2019

 For PDF plans, click here!  I had just gone through a divorce and was wanting to make something that would get my mind off my problems and get me on the nearby lakes. I studied some boat building books and made some drawings. My goal was to keep the material costs under $100. I found…

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Homeless sleeping pod #2

April 11, 2019

  On the first pod base I used three recycled pallets. Here I’m experimenting with 2×2’s for the base frame, later adding 1/2″ OSB for the floor. This proved too weak. On the final version I used  four treated 2×4’s and 1/2″ OSB sheeting. This proved very robust. Although costing a bit more, going this route saved…

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DIY dog house

April 11, 2019

For PDF plans, click here!  This two sheet fluted plastic shelter is held together with zip ties and is great for non-chewing large dogs, or as a play house for the youngsters! For hot summer days ventilation flaps were added to the rear, and the front wall. To secure this light weight structure to the ground,…

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Nomad bicycle camper

April 11, 2019

For PDF plans, click here! The Nomad bicycle camper was fashioned after the Homeless emergency shelter using just the strength of the arced panels to hold the structure up. This kept construction simple and kept the weight down to 60 pounds, loaded with foam pad, stove, and bins. t The front of the camper was…

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Homeless sleeping pod

April 11, 2019

I wanted to make an inexpensive sleeping pod that a church or homeless advocate organization could install outside for wintertime use. Some homeless prefer living outside rather than sleeping around nefarious strangers or dealing with the rules some religious backed shelters impose. I started with two 40″ by 48″ pallets. I used the boards from…

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Homeless push cart

April 11, 2019

Several years ago the website Design Boom reached out to designers around the world to come up with the ultimate homeless pushcart. The common grocery cart is great for toting stuff around, but it lacks, amongst other things, a place to sleep. Some of the designers made great computer renderings while others made nice models. Only a…

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