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Frolicking Dino
2008-03-05, 14:19
What new gear have you made in the last year? Any designs under consideration?

I made a synthetic quilt, worked on a new tent (still tweaking :D), finished a modified G4 pack and have two tent designs on the back burner.

One design will be based on the existing Brawny tent, but will be wider so that two can sleep comfortable inside.

The second is a modification of the tube-tent concept to be carried as an ultralight emergency shelter. It will be silnylon with beaks on both ends and with a half nylon / half bug net wall at each end. One or both of those walls will have a entryway.

I'm also working on a design for a double version of the bridge hammock (actually two hammocks designed to use the same trees for hanging) and a tarp designed to cover both.

2008-03-05, 16:12
An ultralight tent that is big enough to hold two dinos even when they start frolicking?
Yea right

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-05, 16:49
An ultralight tent that is big enough to hold two dinos even when they start frolicking?
Yea rightUltralight circus tent... visions of dinos on a trapeze frolicking :ahhhhh:

2008-03-06, 00:14
LoL! They make a Swing for that, ur, uhmm...... I saw it some where and plead the fifth!

I designed a new buckle for hanging hammocks, the Mahem Buckle. My buddy Del over on Hammockforrums.net had them made up for me and sent me a pair. I must say this is the best personal DIY type gear I have in my pack and still haven't tried them out yet. But I can't wait to try them out, they are made from aluminum and appear to be remarkably rugged. This buckle allows you to use a 1" polystrap as a tree hugger and use the lighter spider line rope to hang using only one piece of hardware and allow for easy adjustments. I don't have a picture of it but the double hooks allow for the secure attachment of small diameter spyderline 2.8mm. When I actually get out and use them I will put up a pictue of how the rope is attached. Del tried them out by tieing strap to a post and the rope to his car and he said they held up well with out a scratch so I'm sure they will work fine.

2008-03-06, 01:58
I designed a new buckle for hanging hammocks, the Mahem Buckle. My buddy Del over on Hammockforrums.net had them made up for me and sent me a pair.

Nice work, Mahem. Is DEL making them for sale? Hint: Where to get them?? :biggrin:

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-06, 06:37
Very nice, Pure Mahem.

Before I start, let me say that the he-dino is an older guy and set in his ways. He will not sleep under a tarp - he has to have tent walls and a floor...... hence this design:

This is the working design (for now :D) for the tube-tent idea. I'm wanting a uber-ultralight shelter that can be carried on dayhikes just in case and can be opened up to make a tarp if needed. Unseen in the drawing below is a velcro strip the length of the tent that causes the tarp to form a tube for use as a tarp-tent type shelter. The beaks detach on one side to along the tarp to lay flat for use as a standard tarp. The half sil - half bugnet walls are still being designed,but will be triangular and likely attached to the rigdeline via a gormet and to the tent via ties. I'm considering something like the oversized bugnet door found on the Brawny tarptent - it is large enough that you just raise it to the apex and come out - no zippers - I like that idea.

2008-03-06, 21:55
At this time the pair I have and the pair Del has are, as far as I know, the only two pair in existence. Del had a buddy who made them for him as a favor, but he doesn't want to make them all the time. His buddy does cnc for a medical business, not like your regular machine shope. They could probably be made from bar stock with some regular hand tools as well. But that's gonna be quite a bit of elbow grease, if you know what I mean. If you know someone that uses a cnc machine who could make them, feel free to use my design. If you make a million dollars of it I want some money though!

2008-03-06, 21:56
Great idea FD!

2008-03-06, 22:00
Here's a little something I made last March so I think it's still pretty new. I think I posted it here and 2 or 3 other places then but thought if anyone hadn't seen it they might like it. Since making this I have tested it and the Can bottom I put in the bottom to reduce heat isn't necessary but it does offer a little more piece of mind.

I present to you "THE PURE MOTTS' LANTERN"
So this is "THE PURE MOTTS' LANTERN" invented and designed by Pure Mahem accept not immitations it's simply the best!

2 MOTTs apple sauce single serving plastic cups
Bottom portion of one soda can (However a red bull can would probably work with even less modification)
About ten inches of floral wire (found this stuff at walmart a long time ago it's cheap and strong I also use this for small game snares in my survival kit)
2 split rings probably not necessary but thats how I made it (Have made more since, these are not necessary)
1, 4 hour tealight I have not seen the 2 hour tealights (the 4 hour tealights are suppose to burn cooler than the 2 hour ones)

Small pair of sharp scissors (I have ones that kind of have a curve to them I use for fly fishing and they are very sharp)
1/16" Drill bit in a drill
Needle nose pliers

I started by cutting the bottom out of one of the apple sauce cups.

Then I drilled six holes around the outside bottom of the other cup.
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...pic2007288.jpg (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f265/pure_mahem/pic2007288.jpg)

Next I drilled two holes, one on each side of the top lip on both of the cups, so the holes line up when you stack the cup with the bottom cut out upside down on the cup with the holes drilled around the bottom.

I then attached a split ring to one end of the floral wire by twisting it on like a bread tie using my needle nose pliers to hold the ends of the wire.
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...pic2007276.jpg (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f265/pure_mahem/pic2007276.jpg)

I threaded the wire up from the bottom side of the cup with the holes drilled in the bottom through the lined up holes in both cups and over the top of the entire assembly and down through the holes on the other side and attached another split ring on the that side creating a hanging/carrying handle for the light.
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...pic2007275.jpg (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f265/pure_mahem/pic2007275.jpg)

Next I made a bowl for the tealight to sit in as to difuse the heat away from the bottom of the apple sauce cup, so as not to melt the bottom.
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...pic2007289.jpg (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f265/pure_mahem/pic2007289.jpg)

In order to do this I took a pepsi can and trimmed around the bottom with my scissors, I used the paint line on the can as a guide to cut a perfect circle.
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...pic2007290.jpg (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f265/pure_mahem/pic2007290.jpg)

Next I cut a series of cuts around the bottom of the can approximately 1/8 of an inch apart. I faced the cuts toward the center of the can and ended the cuts right where the can starts to bend up to the rim of the concave bowl.

I then used the needle nose pliers to bend the tabs straight down all the way around the can so that the can bottom would rest in the bottom of the apple sauce cup and lay there flat with out popping up at an angle. This step takes a little bit of finessing to get it right.
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...pic2007285.jpg (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f265/pure_mahem/pic2007285.jpg)

I also think you may be able to use the botom 1/4 inch of a red bull can for this with out doing all the bending like I did on the pepsi can. However, I used the materials I had at hand.

Now place the Tea light on top of the soda can bottom and pick up the center of the floral wire and tah dah now you have "THE PURE MOTTS' LANTERN". Enjoy.
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...pic2007275.jpg (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f265/pure_mahem/pic2007275.jpg)

I don't have a scale but this thing is really light.

The top shade moves up to open for easy placement and replacement of the tealight.

The whole light can be carried any where it is not hot either by the wire handle or the base.

The light can be hung by the handle or set on a table it is really stable.

The light remains slightly warm and does not melt or distort any of the plastic at all.
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...pic2007296.jpg (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f265/pure_mahem/pic2007296.jpg)

I have burned a 4 hour tealight in it completely through and it remained the same the whole way through, usure of results with a 2 hour tealight but I have yet to see one of these.

This thing is awesome and easy to make!


I had to throw in the disclaimer you never know what some one will try to sue you over. LOL

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-20, 16:22
Nice design

2008-03-21, 07:32
I'm very good at designing. I think I should of made a career out of it, I like it a lot too! Although I can't always make what I design! I am rather good at telling other people how they should do it though, LOL! Isn't that a highly sought after management skill, LOL!