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Any of you build any of your own gear?

Here's a couple of mine.

Built my own stabilizers for my bows. They've been holding up really well.



parts needed - not shown here is the deresonator that is shown in other pics.
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used some fender washers for weights
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All finished and installed

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Also made a paracord bow sling

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Up next are a draw board and string jig. Want to try my hand at making my own strings.
 
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Those are some pretty looking color you got their KDM. How long does that batch last you?

My DIY stuff is all tackle. I'm not a very handy guy. I should take a picture of my father in laws wood working room.
 
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Well at last count, the last batch I had made somewhere between 1800 and 2000 jigs. I lose 30-50 a year, my daughter should still be well stocked when she's 30. (Grin)
 

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Well at last count, the last batch I had made somewhere between 1800 and 2000 jigs. I lose 30-50 a year, DirtyMike should still be well stocked when he's 40. (Grin)

I fixed that for you. haha. I like that blue color. Those factory powder coats or are you dabbling in mixing? Have you built a fluid bed or just dipping in container?
 


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No fluid bed yet, just dipping in the jar and all factory stuff. Though I'm not going to bake them any more. It makes the paint in the jig eye darn near bullet proof and a pain in the Quincy05 to get it out.
 

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started making paracord gun slings, call lanyards, and bird straps a few years ago, started building fishing rods last winter (easy and very satisfying) and also made some of them polar bear tubes for coolers and a few rod cases outta 2 inch pvc pipe


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these are the polar bear tubes work pretty good and I like how I don't have to swing through town every couple days to buy more ice
 

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started making paracord gun slings, call lanyards, and bird straps a few years ago, started building fishing rods last winter (easy and very satisfying) and also made some of them polar bear tubes for coolers and a few rod cases outta 2 inch pvc pipe


PBTubesinbigcooler-1.jpg

these are the polar bear tubes work pretty good and I like how I don't have to swing through town every couple days to buy more ice


http://www.wideopenspaces.com/make-polar-bear-tubes/

I had to google them.. Great project
 

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No fluid bed yet, just dipping in the jar and all factory stuff. Though I'm not going to bake them any more. It makes the paint in the jig eye darn near bullet proof and a pain in the Quincy05 to get it out.

I made a fluid bed for $20.

I made a fluid bed, and still have it, but I don't use it. I don't notice any difference between using it or just dipping the hot jig in the powder. I do have to fluff the powder every 10 jigs or so.

I don't bake mine anymore either. I put the eyes on with those itty-bitty sponge brushes they sell at Hobby Lobby.
 


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I made a fluid bed, and still have it, but I don't use it. I don't notice any difference between using it or just dipping the hot jig in the powder. I do have to fluff the powder every 10 jigs or so.

I don't bake mine anymore either. I put the eyes on with those itty-bitty sponge brushes they sell at Hobby Lobby.

Same here. Baking them makes getting the jig eyes clear of paint twice as difficult. Baking also doesn't seem to keep the paint on any better than just letting them dry. I get almost the same amount of chipping from bouncing off rocks with a baked jig as a non baked jig. Usually, the hook is worn out by the time the jig paint comes off so I just change jigs and press on.
 

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Same here. Baking them makes getting the jig eyes clear of paint twice as difficult. Baking also doesn't seem to keep the paint on any better than just letting them dry. I get almost the same amount of chipping from bouncing off rocks with a baked jig as a non baked jig. Usually, the hook is worn out by the time the jig paint comes off so I just change jigs and press on.

I think the harder paint chips easier too. I've been sticking the point of a hook through the eye when the paint is still wet and pulling out the paint plug .If you time it right it all comes out and you won't have to use and eye cleaner.

Jigs at Scheels are 0.75/each now. I can crank out $150 in jigs in a few hours.

KDM where do you get your lead at? I'm running low. If you trip across any shoot me a PM. I get over your way on a regular basis.
 

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PM sent ndwalleyes. As far as trying to get the paint out of the eye, when I'm making 500 jigs, I don't want to take the time to try to get the paint out of the eye at just the right time. I'd get to about jig number 15 and that would be the end of that. Additionally, when I did open the hook eye before the paint dried I found that the floro line I use would sometimes get cut by an edge or piece of paint that dried in a funny spot or the paint acts kind of like a blade. So I ended up using the eye cleaner anyway. I like to tie my line directly to the metal of a clean jig eye. I can get a bit OCD about my fishing stuff. LOL!!!
 

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So what is the advantage of using these over plastic half gallon jugs filled with water? They are still frozen blocks of ice which last longer than loose ice. Both can be used for drinking water if need be but the plastic jugs don't have to be cut open to do it. the plastic jugs stand up neatly in the cooler - put 3 or so throughout your pop and beer and you are good to go. Just curious if there is an advantage to the polar bear tubes that I am not seeing?
 


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So what is the advantage of using these over plastic half gallon jugs filled with water? They are still frozen blocks of ice which last longer than loose ice. Both can be used for drinking water if need be but the plastic jugs don't have to be cut open to do it. the plastic jugs stand up neatly in the cooler - put 3 or so throughout your pop and beer and you are good to go. Just curious if there is an advantage to the polar bear tubes that I am not seeing?

They are custom cut to the length of your cooler bottom so they don't slide around. I've made them and they are pretty handy. Same thing as milk jugs but more durable.
 

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exact same reason that i made them ndwalleyes didn't like the jugs of ice sliding around and poking holes in the refreshments in the coolers
 

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How do they sound? Happy with em?

I have called ducks in with them. I have not built my own tuner board. They take a lot of air to blow them so I end up using ones someone else built. If we can get oil back up to $75 a bbl I can add on to my house and gets some more room to build more duck calls and start doing my own boards. Then I will let people come over and make their own calls. A guy can order custom bands to say anything on them even the NDA logo
 


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