Weekend Project? What did you make this weekend?

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    I just bought a 6" x 1/2" ferro-rod and decided to put a handle on it from a previous handle I had made for a couple of carving knives someone I know had made. The found an old work belt and made a sheath. I used the belt loop holes for the winding. I am most assuredly not a leather worker but it's workable. What was your weekend project?


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    Thanks Longhunter. It was fun now too get out and use it......
     
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    I really like that sheath. Great work, and props for a creative idea.
     
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    Very nice. I'm addicted to ferro rods, lol, just don't have leather work capabilities.
     
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    Outstanding idea on the sheath and great work on both. You got mad skills yo.

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    Slick handle man. And the crisscross stitching on the sheath looks awesome. I made one of those mac daddy 6" ferro rods a couple weeks ago. I need to make a sheath for it now.
     
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    Nice work!
     
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    That's what I like about self-made gear, you can't go buy anything that looks like that. Carry it proudly
     
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    I like it!
     
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    Thanks CoolBreeze. Yeah, finished the ferro rod and realized it was as big as my knife. had to figure something to carry it and came up with this idea in the middle of the night.
     
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    Roughneck, thanks and me either... it wasn't too bad considering the belt itself had most of the work already done for me.. LOL
     
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    Hoof, Thanks! LOL Just hoping to get out and use it soon.....
     
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    Thanks everyone! did anyone get a chance to make anything this weekend???
     
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    Once again thank you everyone for your kind comments. Just I case you wish to make one. I posted a few photos of how I made it, except for the stitching and waxing. All the sheath is was an old tool belt pouch. However I did soak the leather in water before stitching. I lined all the holes up and just drilled out the ones for the belt loop. I know very little about leather work so I'm sure you can most likely do allot better job than me......
     

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    I love making my own stuff. And I get a lot of good ideas and inspiration from seeing how other people did their projects. I made a couple of pressure knappers and a pocket sized steel striker for when I'm looking for suitable rocks for flint and steel fires. ( I don't really need it because I can pretty much tell what will strike a spark just by looking at it ) but what the heck it's an extra striker.
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    That's really neat. What did you use for the knappers? it looks like copper but I can't tell what you actually used.
     
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    Thanks. 4 gauge copper grounding wire. I've got a post in

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    So this was my weekend project this weekend. refurbished Norlund Hatchet head and a homemade sheath with brass trimming. Sharp enough to shave with but I noticed you cant tell in these photos because of all the wax I put on. LOL

    I am really interested in what projects everyone is working on.... you all have given me so many ideas of things you can do with such little costs involved. It is nice to know you don't have to spend a fortune on all your items.
     

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    By the way before anyone asks. I did put on a coat of grip type paint. I know I shouldn't but I have such bad carpel tunnel I need something to help me keep a grip on the handle....
     
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    That sheath is AWESOME!

    I seriously need to work on my leather working (lack of) skills... Everything I make looks like a manic squirrel was beating on it with a sewing machine and a claw hammer...

    Best,
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    image.jpg IMG_2684.JPG Working on a few of these for Christmas gifts for friends and family. Just a small key fob with a fire steel wrapped up in them.
     
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    Trust me when I say I do not know anything about leather working.... Just creative and lucky. hopefully it lasts. But the experience of trying something new is what I really like......
     
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    That is a really neat idea. so it is completely wrapped up? Looks great to me!!! at least you would always have it on you. That's half the battle!
     
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    Yup it's totally wrapped up in there so you don't loose it.
    The idea being you would always have fire on hand. It's not a big steel but will be a huge help in emergencies. Figured with these you could always keep them on your key chain or on a pack, jacket etc so you always had it with you.
     
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    IMG_4270.JPG Made a little primitive grid iron. It is about 5" x 7" with 3" legs. Designed so the handle would slip off so I can leave it in the fire but have a cool handle to move it around with. I made the shorter one earlier but wanted higher legs and slightly smaller profile. The handle works on both. I plan on using them in the fireplace and out on reenactments. Simple garage blacksmithing, no welds, just rivets. Tools: Propane torch, pliers, bench vice, hack saw, grinder, anvil, hammer and drill. Materials: half inch flat stock, nails (rivets).
     
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    I made a queen sized platform bed - but didn't get any pictures. :(
     
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    that is really cool and a neat idea for the inside fireplace... or my outside fire pit.... hmmmm? :) I feel a new project coming on
     
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    Nice and roomy I bet
     
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    I like the jacket idea. but I really stink at paracord tying.... LOL, I am going to have to practice some more.
     
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    Shoot! I would have liked to see a few pics.
     
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    Thanks, like this thread idea. I'm always making some little something but don't necessarily want to start a new thread. Generally small projects like this. Love making my own stuff.

    I have studied colonial hearth cooking a lot as well as a lot of open fire cooking. Basicly the same thing and a great alternative to electric/gas cooking and of course helpful if without power. I have the usual cast iron and have made spiders, meat forks, tongs, spatulas,etc. cooking on the hearth is simple control of fire using easy to make iron (really it's soft steel) tools. No new ideas because our ancestors had it figured out a couple hundred years ago until the wood stove became common. There are a lot of fireplaces out there still but the art of cooking on them is somewhat lost.

    I have a collection of antique cooking tools including a small gridiron. It had round cross bars but I figured the flatstock would be easier for my skill level using hand tools (except the grinder). BTW, I reread my post and I used 3/8" stock not 1/2".
     
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    Thanks, I figured a lot of us usually have something we are almost always trying to make either out of necessity or out of creativity and Bushcraftusa is the perfect place to see others ideas and projects. I am actually looking forward to trying to cook something in my fireplace or pit now, but I am going to have to make something for my fireplace now.... LOL
     
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    it was nothing special - 3 box frames 64x15 made of 2x4, a pair of 40x65 pieces of pre-finished 3/4" ply for the deck, and the 31x48 cutoffs for head and footboard. (yes, the frames are wider than the head and foot -- I liked the look) ran a 2x2 head to foot on both sides to keep the mattress from sliding out. (because I had 2x2 on hand -- 1x2 would have worked as well)
     
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    Very nice! The leaves are a nice touch and it looks well made
     
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    i made a bunch of shavings and shapes, and one spoon ...
     
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    Nice! just missing the beer.... :)
     
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    come visit - I'll stand for your first pint. :)
    they are in use at the Norsemen Brewing Co. in Topeka.
     
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    I actually prefer making them if I can for obvious cost reasons, but I agree that I enjoy doing it as well!
     
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    So this is what I made this weekend. getting ready for some winter camping. By the way this was made from an old worn out hoodie with the top cut at a radius and the inner face portion was part of a sleeve and just sowed them together. Nice and warm! now I can put any coat over this and be ready to go... I was even thinking of sleeping applications. Hmmm?
     

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    Wasn't so much gear as eats...

    (10) pint jars of applesauce
    (1) quart jar of applesauce
    (2) 1-gallon carboys of apple cider started on the path to hard cider
    (1) 1/2-gallon jars of peels and cores started on the path to apple cider vinegar
     
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    Super nice! Sounds good to me!
     
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    Oh almost forgot... 12 trays of apple slices got put into the dehydrator. That is where the peels and cores for the vinegar came from. :34:

     
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