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I like that. I have a few boxes that I use to store razor blades (double edge, all I use unless I have time to use my straight) .
You shave with a straight razor on a BOAT?

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. And voila! a home made sail prefeeder that works like a charm!
Absolutely brillliant!!!

My low buck project was a home built anemometer.

Parts required:
3 plastic Table spoon measuring spoons from the dollar store $3
1 spray paint can lid, free
1 bicycle spedometer, Walmart, $10
1 bent stantion free
1 BBQ rail mount, free, found in garbage at the club, if you believe it
1 bearing, free scrounged form a dead VCR (ask your friends)
Total cost: $13

Cut three slots in the paint at 120 deg. intervals and glue in the measuring spoons. Hot met glue works well. Use more hot melt glue to gleu theVCR bearing into the center for the paint can lid and glue the bike spedometer magnet to the inside of the paint can lid.

Trim the stantion to any height you like. I drilled and threaded the top (i.e. closed part) of the stantion to accept the thumb screw of the BBQ mount. Ttehn, use more hot melt glue to glue the stantion to the bearing in the paint can cap. Don't ask, but make sure it goes on straight else it wobbles in the most unprofessional manner.

Next tie wrap the bike speedometer thingie that nomally goes on the bike fork, to the stantion close to the magnet inside the cap.

To calibrate, beg, borrow or steal a hand held anemomenter and your wife's hair dryerand adjust the wheel size on the bike speedometer until the reaidngs on the hand held and the speedometer match.

Then take your new pride an joy to your boat and mount in a good place.

The cool thing is that most bike speedometers have a memory so you will be able to see max wind speed and average wind speed etc.

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How is the paint can lid holding up? Did you use the wireless bike speedometer?
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You shave with a straight razor on a BOAT?
If that were me, I think that the money spent on bandaids would negate the savings... Of course, my wife would probably encourage me to try it (as long as the life insurance premiums were paid )
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How is the paint can lid holding up? Did you use the wireless bike speedometer?
After three years, the paint can lid looks like new. I'm not sure if I just got lucky or whether all of them will hold up like that.

I used a wired speedometer, essentially, because I was too cheap to spring for the wireless one. The wirless speedo would be nice but you would have to make sure you have enough clearance between the magnet an the stantion isinde the paint can lid.

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Absolutely brillliant!!!

My low buck project was a home built anemometer.

Parts required:
3 plastic Table spoon measuring spoons from the dollar store $3
1 spray paint can lid, free
1 bicycle spedometer, Walmart, $10
1 bent stantion free
1 BBQ rail mount, free, found in garbage at the club, if you believe it
1 bearing, free scrounged form a dead VCR (ask your friends)
Total cost: $13


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Is there a picture of this anywhere? I want to build one, step it on top of my mast and run the wire down the inside of the mast to the bike speedometer.

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You shave with a straight razor on a BOAT?
Looks like remetau has it setup to. I only use them on shore, though I will use a double or single edge safety razor onboard if it is not rough out. If it is rough I prefer to look like a pirate, to a sliced neck!
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Is there a picture of this anywhere? I want to build one, step it on top of my mast and run the wire down the inside of the mast to the bike speedometer.

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I will try to take a pic tonight and post it. We're off on vacation as of tomorrow.

I got my inspiration from Bicycle Speedometer Anemometer | Otherpower . Also read about the egg cup anemometer referenced in the link above.

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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

So this one comes in just a hair under the $100 mark.



I used red oak and poplar for the two different shades of wood.

It took A LOT of sanding to clean all the glue up and level them out once they strips were laminated together. Then I slapped on a bit of stain and some varnish.

It has one stainless steel door hinge from Ace Hardware. It was $11 for two, so I've still got one for the next table.

Then I used a $30 stainless steel drop-leaf bracket from McMaster Carr.

McMaster-Carr

One end of the bracket is screwed into the bottom of the table. The other end is belted onto the pedestal with a stainless band clamp.

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New stainless chafe guard installed, fabbed from a $22 door kickplate.

Dock Six Chronicles: Low-buck Project of the Week #82- Kickin' It.


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