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The “I’m too cheap to buy it so I’ll make it” thread

pa-fatboy

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Made my own bike rack.

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Nice solution! Where did you get the fork mounts that hold the bikes in place?

also, is the bar screwed into you bed on both sides to lock it in place? Have you thought of any methods to hold the bar in place without modifying the bed? I.e. pressure or utilizing the front tie downs somehow?
 
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So I've got a topper with a windoor on the driver's side. I want to find or create some sort of open top box/tray to hang from the side on the inside so I can open the windoor and grab or place things in it for easy quick access. There are things out there designed for this, but not many, and either too big or not exactly what I want. I've considered building one from aluminum sheet, but then my wife brought home a couple outdoor planter boxes that hang on the deck railing and that got me thinking. So I was looking through all the different designs of those planter boxes, there are some that would work, but again, not exactly what I want.

Anyone have any thoughts, insight, or experience in such a thing? Building one out of aluminum sheet is still an option and might be a good project to do stuck at home like we are.
 
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Still locked down & spending time out in the shop. Sent for a carbide scribe to mark knife edge stock to make lines for the grinder. Made this. Just the aluminum block(typo!) milled, drilled & tapped to hold the cutting bar. I use number drills for the depth shims.
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Made this knife as well. Helps being OCD sometime...
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Still locked down & spending time out in the shop. Sent for a carbide scribe to mark knife edge stock to make lines for the grinder. Made this. Just the aluminum black milled, drilled & tapped to hold the cutting bar. I use number drills for the depth shims.
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Made this knife as well. Helps being OCD sometime...
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Nice knife. I made my first just a little while ago out of a file. Don't have a forge yet, so that was a learning curve. Hopefully once this lockdown is over I'll be able to gather the needed supplies.
 

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