Discussion in 'Self-made Gear' started by plumberoy, Nov 19, 2017.
They look great! Whatcha use for string?
Edit: Nm... I see the 550 now
Yeah- just what I had on hand... happens to be some paracord. It's kind of thick- I guess I could strip the inner strands out, but I just made the drawstring channel big enough for it to pass through.
Cool water - 1” - 2” deep in plastic container, wide enough for you to scoop your piece through.
Assorted colors of oil based dyes dripped randomly in the water. Don’t overload the water with ink, it’ll get mucky and dark. VERY SLOWLY “swirl” the ink to slightly combine the colors.
Pre-dampened leather gets dipped/scooped in one side and out the other at a moderate pace.
Let dry for a few days. Seal. Buff. Build. And then show it off here so we all can see it !!
Thanks! Saved for reference. That is really neat!
Naaa leave it in - you never know.. might need it later
Wax canvas dry bag 25-30L
Been making some outdoor cooking gear over the last couple of weeks.
that is a neat one to make since you can make it in to two different pieces. Nice going.
Finished the sheath for the Seax. I set this one up as a cross draw and more of a horizontal hang, edge up so weight of the blade is not bearing on the rand.
A kitchen hatchet, 'cause sometimes you need a hatchet in the kitchen. Sawmill Blade with bois d'arc handle.
Cool design and I’ll bet it’s handy, too. Nicely done, brother!
I really like that design! I bet it would be one of those tools that works really well for all kinds of tasks.
Got the forge working again....sons first try...he did good! His is the big one...I'm trying something different...
Wow, that is super cool! Very nice.
Antler bow drill bearing block and awl handle.
What a sweet setup !! Does your pouch house different bits to use in the handle ? Well done !
Thanks Pauli, much appreciated.
That pouch is a Spiderco ceramic rod set pouch with two taken out, and replaced with two awl points and that drill driver. It is basically most of the tools I carry with me daily in my overnight/get home bag, except for a couple more 1/4" driver bits and a multi tool. The drill driver contains some drill bits, needles and wire. The other awl tip is the kind with a screw tip and some abrasive rings, like on a tire patch tool.
Made yet another attempt at a sheath ? Still with no specified leather working tools but everyone is better than the last barring the stupid mistake of setting up the belt loop for left hand carry originally . Sighhh , but I have an idea for covering that up ?
And the tool just to give some idea of how it rides in the sheath . The top of the sheath is about an inch above the choil .
No pic but I gave the Barge cement a couple of days to dry and today I cleaned up the welt on my sheath .
A new bow drill set to play with my new bearing. It's been a few months since I played with the bow drill and Ibwanted to try some different woods. Sycamore bow and spindle, Oak hearth. I'm going to try a Willow spindle next in this hearth. I have wanted to try Willow for awhile for use as a spindle, and after chatting with @Bushcraft-kelso about Willow it will be my next spindle. I have some nice straight Willow close by.
It was 90 degrees out and I was dripping with sweat already, so I just quit at smoke.
How'd the sycamore spindle work? Lots of that in my area.
It wasn't too bad I think, if you don't get any heart wood. After the burn in, I could get to smoke in about 20 to 30 seconds pretty easy. I cut a few Willow spindles earlier I am going to try on that Oak and see how that goes. I am going to play with a Cedar hearth board next.
@beestokk Actually that Sycamore must have been cured a lot better than this Willow I just tried. The Willow created a lot of dust quickly but took a lot longer than the Sycamore to get to smoke, about 3 to 4 times longer. The Willow branch I used was dead for at least 3 months, the Sycamore was probably closer to a year.
Good stuff - I haven't every tried any bowdrill fire but it's on my list - have some yucca for spindles I plan to try. And likely a cedar board.
Those should definitely work good. Next, I need to play with hand drill fire some more.
Still working on the little knife....getting closer lol....was mystery steel...looks questionable....
Looks good. What's your worry about the steel? If it was a good file, and your heat treat is good you should have a good knife. You know the best way to find out.
It was a no name....first time I've seen weird weird markings....kinda like damascus....I'll see if I can get a clean photo.
It tempered and heat treated normal...got the edge roughed in...needs sharpened then well see lol
It will be good for a kid around the campfire though.
The level of skill displayed in this thread is off the charts!!
Can you show more of that knife ? I like what I see ....... Pm if it’s too far off track.
I'd like to see it also....
Thank You Pauli! Do you mean that Old Hickory in my post? I made a thread about it. It's just a crazy idea I had, I love the thin blade and the original profile. I just wanted to spruce it up, and the old scales were loose with a rusty tang.
I scavenged the brass from an old plaque and left the original stippling.
I've finished it a bit more since I put this patina on it.
Nice work there mate
I added a strip of bicycle inner tube on my handle not to tighten the grip in the sheath but to aid me gripping it in wet conditions, the rubber also aids as a fire extender and it gives off black smoke so i can aid in signalling but as its small it wont last that long
@Torrin I really like your take on that iconic blade. Very nice.
Thank you my friend! I really appreciate it. I am very happy with it, cuts so easy.
That looks fantastic!
THIS is a classy knife. Very nice work!
Thank you guys. I really appreciate it! That one was fun, and I love using it.
An improved ridge line for my dd tarp. This one is longer than my previous one and has reflective material in the Paracord to make it easier to find in the dark with a flashlight. I placed three prusik knots attached heavy duty fishing swivels. The swivels are pretty strong but not indestructible so the swivel will give it up beforefor my tie outs do. I also learned a way to do it's so I don't have to tie any knots when I set it up.
I didn’t build from scratch, but I assembled two bee hive ‘nucs’. A normal bee box contains 10 frames, a nuc typically has five, sometimes four. These have five. I assembled, painted, and cut two holes in the top which can be either plugged with neoprene plugs or opened for a feeder. There are other types of feeders, but this is what I like so I added them.
Nucs are for new bee colonies that are small or for sick colonies that can’t maintain a big box.
Couple new strops using diamond paste:
Nice! We had a bee box here but I think my neighbors get all the bees in their hives!
Let me bring it down a notch...
First attempt at an arrow head using a broken sawzall blade. Vise wouldn't hold the blade, so I held it and the angle grinder to do some cutting... need practice!
Going to try to cut one from the used up Stanley knife blade next.
Also have a piece of plow steel from granddad's tractor shed... I see trying a knife in neat future.
I had Caleb Cox make me a companion knife for the Tracker I special ordered from him (Pictured above) with the sheath I made for it . It's only proper that the companion tool have a matching suit .
Rough but totally functional as usual . Made using all hand tools . Still have to let the Barge cement dry a day or two then clean up the edge on the smaller sheath which will hopefully make the stitching at least appear more uniform with the exception of the one spot near the top where my hole for the stitching was off terribly .
Homemade twine cards from Formica sample chips
I used the saw of the SAK Camper to cut the diagonal notches and then scored and snapped the cutouts using the main blade and can opener.
Here I have about 30 feet of green micro line on the left and roughly 24 feet of #18 bankline on the right.
Today I made My wife angry
Very nice! May I steal this idea for a Young Roughian project?
After winding this cord on, I would take the time to smooth out the edges and corners before winding finer line or wire.
Thanks! I have a pile of credit card type hotel keys. I think they will work fine.
Just finished these wing bone turkey calls today. Some others I have made. Couple chicken wing bone calls also.