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Camping Kitchen Box vs Cabela's Deluxe Camper's Kitchen

I just had someone email me and ask me how the Camping Kitchen Box stacks up against the  Cabela's Deluxe Camper's Kitchen. I guess I should mention that I have never actually seen this particular item in real life, so my opinions are based on what facts I can get from the web site and experience with similar products. I am sure that the Cabela's kitchen is a fine product, I am just making a comparison of functionality and features. My response follows: I don't know all the reasons folks purchase one or the other, but when comparing the Camping Kitchen...

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Connecting Corrugated Plastic Sheets with Pop Rivets

Since I have been making the Camping Kitchen Box I have been using plastic ratchet rivets to hold the box together, and they have worked well, except for two of issues. First, if you really pull on them they can come apart, which was not an issues except for a couple of boxes where I used them to hold the straps for the buckles.. When I replaced rivets that held the straps with some pop rivets and fender washers and that worked great.  The other issue is that occasionally the plastic rivets would break when I assembled them. This was...

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DIY Rope Cutter

I have posted a quick video on my very simple rope cutter made with nichrome wire, a PC Power Supply a some bits laying around the shop. Please use common sense when playing with electricity and hot wires.

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Camping Headlamp Lampshade Take 2

If you follow this blog you may notice I that some  posts are experimental projects . This was the case with the Head Lamp lampshade made from thin plastic cutting sheets (link). I thought it was sort of an interesting idea, and I actually continued to play with the concept event after the blog post, until I stumbled across the Monte Bell Crushable Lantern Shade, which is basically a small stuff sack that you slip over your headlamp and it diffuses the light. Once I saw that I realized that the cutting sheet derived lampshade was kind of silly, and was...

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Patriotic Coleman Stove

A while ago the Mrs. bought me home a grungy, rusty Coleman Stove (a 413).  I thanked her and put it in a pile of things I might get to one day, but recently inspiration hit. After some elbow grease and a wire brush removed most of the rust and dirt, I busted out the masking tape and the spray paint. The result is what you see here.  First I did the top, just trying to do I pretty accurate American flag... On the rest of the case I just went a little more artsy,  but tried to keep with the...

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