Army surplus bag mod to Haversack

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  1. Fixedblade

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    My Wife gave me a hand with the sewing.
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    Can’t wait to hit the trial. Thank you for looking.
     
  2. central joe

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    That'll do, nuff said. joe
     
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    I agree, nice work.
     
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  4. The Old Ranger

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    Nice! I'm a big fan of modding already existing pieces, especially thrift store finds.
     
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  5. MrFixIt

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    That turned out great!
     
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    Very well done. Had a very similar bag as my fishing bag for ages. Next up...wax that rascal. Thank you for sharing.

    Bart
     
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    Great job! That's a fine looking bag.
    Another vote for waxing it.
     
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    Thank you!
    Yeah, going to wax it
     
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    How do you wax it?
    What is the wax formula?

    Inquiring minds with similar bags want to know.
     
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  11. NevadaBlue

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    I use 60/40 mix of ordinary paraffin and BLO. Melted in an old crock pot, painted on with a brush and melted evenly throughout with a heat gun. Works well. The BLO polymerizes and the canvas becomes nicely stiff and holds it’s shape better.
     
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    Thanks for the formula and method. I will try it on one of mine.
     
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    If you want to be confused, search the site for wax methods and recipes. LOL, lots recommend some bees wax, but I found it SO expensive I decided to try a mix without it. The paraffin/BLO works great for me.
     
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    Well done!
     
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    I really like this bag! Great idea and sewing job.
    You can also spread the wax formula on the canvas, lay it on an aluminum foil covered cookie sheet. Set your oven to 150 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit, and then place the bag in the oven for about 45 minutes. I have used this method with good results. You may need to paint one side, heat in the oven, and then repeat for the other side.

    Edited to add: Keep the oven temp pretty low. BLO has a flash point of 210 degrees fahrenheit.
    Here is the Safety Data Sheet, with other precautions as well.
    http://www.kleanstrip.com/uploads/documents/KS_Boiled_Linseed_Oil_MSDS.pdf
     
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    What is BLO in the waxing mix
     
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    Boiled Linseed Oil
     
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    looks really good. Now you just need to fill it up. Prov 27:17
     
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    Very well done, sir!! It looks great, is very durable, and can hold (or carry by attachment) lots of useful gear.

    Here's a thought I've had. Sportsman's guide has the Italian Rucksacks available again. For those of us in the Sasquatch size range, that small backpack could do well as a haversack. Remove the pack straps, secure a sling strap to the pack strap attachment points, put a couple of the plastic black rectangular Swiss canteens in the side pockets. Then strap an oversized poncho to the underside of the bag, and clip an M14 mag pouch (carry the first aid kit) to the front of the bag on the horizontal strap that is below the bottom edge of the cover flap. Throw a lightweight tarp and a SOL bivy into the bag, add some edibles....aww, go take a hike!
     
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    Looks good to go!
     
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