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    Ever Try To Build Your Own Invention? [O]

    Ok -- not really an "invention"

    Here's the deal: I completed "winter project # 1" awhile back (pimped 1970 schwinn cruiser shown below). For a finishing touch, I needed a nice seat bag to carry a lock.

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    I searched a bit for a black leather bag that would match the leather seat and grips, and didn't find anything that really impressed me.

    Then I started a thinkin'....and one thing led to another. And after several mental "dress rehersals" and one or two prototypes (like it's oh so complicated), I came up with this gizmo from the plumbing section of the hardware store:

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    I started out with this white 4" drain pipe (something like $2.98 for 10 feet) and the $0.99 end caps. The nice (already black) pipe and caps were much more $ (caps alone were $4.99 ea).

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    I rattle can sprayed everything flat black, cut the bottom from one end cap to facility the red plumbers temporary plug and give the tube a symetrical look (having the bands at both ends), and glued it together. Added some straps -- and it's done.

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    The black paint is the weak link, but I like the way it turned out.

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    The red temporary plug works great for securing the end.

    Cheers~
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    That is pritty good!

    nice job

    It is fun to come up with stuff like that.

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    You could always go to a fabric or shoe shop and pick up some thin black leather to glue around the tube to give it that real leather look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt_phun
    You could always go to a fabric or shoe shop and pick up some thin black leather to glue around the tube to give it that real leather look.
    I like they way you think

    I actually have some of that (well -- it's black vinyl) that I wrapped on one of the "prototypes". I may go back and add it to this one too.

    Thanks

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    Two words...... pipe bomb.


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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Quote Originally Posted by george_da_trog
    Two words...... pipe bomb.


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    Wonder how long it will take until the bomb squad disposes of that bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by george_da_trog
    Two words...... pipe bomb.


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    at least it already has the 'stand back while in use' printed on it!

    now, what other uses can we come up with for this cool 'bag'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by logbiter
    at least it already has the 'stand back while in use' printed on it!

    now, what other uses can we come up with for this cool 'bag'?
    Dood...you can keep your stash in there man. J/K.

    You could make it look like a mini keg. Pour beer inside and drill a hole on one end and attach a camelback hose.

    I think it would look cool painted in urban camo.

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    It's a cool home built product, but if you REALLY want to be pimp....

    Geot one of these.
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/b...ooks-bags.html




    Take your left over pipe and build a potato gun.



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    God, handy people are annoying.

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    I've seen some pretty mighty potato guns.. Thats a rather nice one. I wanted to build one forever just never got around it it..

    Building stuff i fun..
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    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...=609003516&n=2
    my hillbilly spudgun.

    I like the endcaps that say. "stand clear when in use"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoSoSwiM
    I've seen some pretty mighty potato guns.. Thats a rather nice one. I wanted to build one forever just never got around it it..

    Building stuff i fun..
    Wouldn't a shovel be a better device for hunting taters?

    Wait a minute, now I remember.... It was a couple of years ago and I was out with my shovel hunting taters. I was walking up a steep rocky hill when I heard some snuffling noises in front of me. I got down low, almost on my hands and knees and I stealthily approached the ridge line. I slowly raised my head and peered over the top of a rock. Sure enough, there was a herd of six Potatoes just grazing. Three does, two fawns and a buck potato. They didn't have a clue I was there. The buck was the biggest I have seen, huge roots coming out of the top of his brown body. But what could I do with my little shovel? I jumped up and ran as fast as I could with my shovel raised. But I didn't even get within 20 feet of the nearest potato, one of the does. They galloped off, leaving me with no way to ketchup to them. If only I had had a good old potato gun.

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    OMG that Oxy/Ac spud gun is soooo cool. Been thinking of ways to build a metal one but scrapped the idea when i realised i was most likely to kill myself...
    Mmmm..... Gatorale.....

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    Water tight

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Steel
    Ok -- not really an "invention"

    Here's the deal: I completed "winter project # 1" awhile back (pimped 1970 schwinn cruiser shown below). For a finishing touch, I needed a nice seat bag to carry a lock.
    Nice... I'll bet water tight also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quasi
    Wouldn't a shovel be a better device for hunting taters?
    The problem is that if you don't get them with the first shot, you're in trouble, there nothing worse than a wounded tater.


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    Caption:

    Quote Originally Posted by george_da_trog



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