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Re: Christmas Bonus!
« Reply #30 on: March 13, 2007, 05:14:06 pm »
russian aiders.... I think you might be able to make a few sales with those.

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Re: Christmas Bonus!
« Reply #31 on: March 19, 2007, 10:58:37 am »
On the rope bucket topic, I just finished mine yesterday using Duece's pattern.  Thanks for the pattern.... it's pretty awesome and even a lame sewer such as myself was able to finish it without too much difficulty.  Sure can't see how people can sell these and make a profit though!  I work for more than 32 cents an hour myself.  :)

Garbonzo, I didn't reinforce mine to the extent you did yours so mine could always blow out I guess... guess time will tell on that.  I was wondering though, why did you make yours with a backpack mode?  Is this for self belaying with the bucket on your back instead of just hanging the line free, or simply for carrying?
I opted not to go this route but hoping I didn't miss something obvious.

I'll can post pics if anybody cares to see mine.

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Re: Christmas Bonus!
« Reply #32 on: March 19, 2007, 03:59:13 pm »
Please, post pics!  I get inspired by this stuff.  I have no personal creativity, so I have to shamelessly cobble together my stuff as a frankenstein monster of other peoples ideas.

I had no grand reasoning in going the route(s) I did.  I looked at the Fish and Duece's pattern, BD's pics of their latest, and so on.  Then I started fudging the things I thought were good ideas together. 

One major thing I liked about backpack mode was the resulting two strap hanging scheme.  Hanging by two points, plus the stiffer top looks like it'll help keep the thing open as much as possible without resoring to hangar wire or plastic inserts.

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Re: Christmas Bonus!
« Reply #33 on: March 20, 2007, 10:40:31 pm »
Ok, here's my bucket...

Haul mode:


Bucket mode:


Mil-spec webbing for the clipin points and ran down the inside for structural support:


I tripled over the webbing and wrapped the clipin point with ballistic cloth (to resist wear) and sewed the piss out of it.  Probably overkill but it does keep the loops open for easier clipping:



Too bad the actual color doesn't look as good as it does in the pics... the material is actual PURPLE and the draw string is HOT PINK para cord!  Oh well, it was either on sale or free. :)
I also got shit from my wife (very accomplished sewer) when she asked me -
  "Why did you sew the zipper on the outside?"
  "Outside???  Is it?  Who cares... did you see that it goes up and down and opens and closes?!?!". 
Her level of finish must be higher than mine.  Over all, I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.  Haven't used it yet but will very soon.

BTW, you mentioned stiffening the top.  This reminds me that instead of using a hanger wire or plastic insert, when I made some aiders I just stuck a piece of 10 guage electrical wire in each step; really helps with keeping the step open and costs basically nothing.  Maybe you could use this idea on a future project when needed.
(Sorry if everybody already knows this obvious trick; I just stole the idea after feeling the steps on my Yates aiders and this is what I came up with).



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Re: Christmas Bonus!
« Reply #34 on: March 21, 2007, 11:19:43 am »
Thanks the pics. The stuff looks great and I feel like I'm missing out on something...

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Re: Christmas Bonus!
« Reply #35 on: March 21, 2007, 02:33:59 pm »
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Thanks the pics. The stuff looks great and I feel like I'm missing out on something...

Thanks!  About the only thing you might be missing out on is just the satisfaction of making crap.  Or maybe the ability to construct some new fangled gizmo that isn't presently on the market.
Speaking for myself, for the time and money invested in the things that I've made, I'd be fooling myself if I said I was actually saving much money.  It's a shame really, but clearly the gear manufacturers have a system in place producing mass quantities that keeps stuff reasonably priced.  So much so that I won't be making ALL of my gear anytime soon. 
I wish I could make all my own, but I'd rather plunk down, say $100 for a haulbag, than spend an entire weekend building one... I'd rather be climbing.
I only say this because I made my own pig and it doesn't come close to the quality that I could have bought.

On that note though, I have made several batches of heads and that's one thing that I CAN save a few pennies on!  Copper, alumi, #2 - #4, circle, hangers, etc.... anybody want to buy some????  :)
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Re: Christmas Bonus!
« Reply #36 on: August 27, 2009, 08:22:17 pm »
Go for the sewing machine, then you can make all that other stuff.  Look for a Juki 241N if possible.  Then pick up some fabric yardage at Outdoor WIlderness Fabrics.  Here's your first pattern to make!  Merry Christmas.

Had to dig this old one up.  Last weekend I scored a MONSTER for $800.  What I got was a Durkopp Adler 767 walking foot to add to my sewing room.  A quick google search shows these going for $2500 used, score!  My straight stitch has been wonderful, and will continue to chug on, but mostly in a binding duty (takes 1/2 hour to swap the binding attachment on or off).  The new machine has kickass computer control, pneumatics, and so on.  I managed to lose a screw getting it home, so it's not 100% up and running, but I can already see what all that fanciness is worth it.  Tap the pedal and it makes 1, and only 1 stitch.  A couple keystrokes and you can change the maximum stitch rate from 3800 spm to 500 spm.  A couple more keystrokes and will automatically backtack for you at the start and finish of a run, and even trim the thread.  I can't wait to feed it some of the harder, more unwieldy stackups that have caused me grief to date.

The only thing I'm regretful for is that the dudes also had a Singer 144 long arm walking foot that would have been great, also for $800, but I couldn't swing 2 machines, and that one was a 3 phase monster that would have cost me a bundle to get converted over for home use (the Durkopp Adler already is costing me $150 for a 110V to 220V transformer, and an air compressor to run the pneumatics).

Somehow my wife still has not changed the locks, but she is kind of pissed that the new machine is blocking her quilt wall, and her ironing board...  Somehow my offers to let her use my 1/2 HP 120lb beast haven't helped the situation.

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Re: Christmas Bonus!
« Reply #37 on: August 28, 2009, 12:32:45 am »
sweet!  looking forward to what creative sew jobs we'll see in the future!